[ardour-users] Using external processors

Joseph Dell'Orfano fullgo at dellorfano.net
Tue Feb 1 21:14:19 PST 2005

No problem going d/a and then a/d back again? Is there a sound quality
issue with this? I always thought that plugins were the way to go once
you got the audio into the computer.


On Tue, 2005-02-01 at 22:50, Joe Hartley wrote:
> On Tue, 1 Feb 2005 20:21:50 -0500
> Jon Morin <jon.j.morin at gmail.com> wrote:
> > How would one go about using an external piece of
> > gear for processing in realtime in Ardour.  Say that I'm using an
> > M-Audio 1010 card (which I'm looking at).  Would the procedure be to
> > create a new bus in Ardour, set the input and output of the bus to an
> > input and output of the 1010, and patch in my compressor, reverb, or
> > what have you?  Or is this done with an insert?  
> The answer (like so much with Jack and Ardour!) is that either will work.
> I like to create a new track for the effected take, and route the
> output of the old track to my effects chain then into the new track.
> I have a patch bay to connect my Delta 1010 (8x8 to the patch bay), mixer 
> (4x4 to the patch bay) and a half-dozen or so racked effects units.  
> (Side note - this went from being a right pain in the arse to brilliance 
> once I understood patch bays and how to use a normalized path.)
> > On a related subject, have others done this sort of thing, and are
> > there latency issues involved with using outboard analog processors? 
> I was curious about this myself so I ran a little experiment, by zooming
> in to a gnat's hair and trying to see how far back the effected track was
> after going through a compressor and a reverb.  The unscientific answer
> was that I couldn't see or hear any latency at all.

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