[Ardour-Users] How to add an effect to a track
arnold at arnoldarts.de
Thu Mar 4 01:18:39 PST 2010
On Thursday 04 March 2010 10:00:35 Michael Neumeier wrote:
> > If you want to send a channel to an effect bus (like maybe a reverb),
> > create a bus, put the effect in the pre-fade slot, then in the track add
> > a Send. Hook its outputs to the input of the bus, enable it, and
> > reverberate away as much as you like.
> As I am quite new into hd-recording, I first had to understand the
> difference between "track" and "bus". If I understand correctly, a "track"
> has an input that I can freely use, while its output is connected to the
> recording (=harddisk), while a "bus" has both input and output that I can
> freely define. Would you say that this is correct? Are there any other
> important differences between the 2 things?
A track is mostly the same as a bus. Only one (big) difference: A track also
records to and plays from the harddisk. This recording/playback point is right
at the top (speaking in the mixer-channel), that is you audio is recorded as
plain as possible and all effects / routing are applied afterwards.
A bus doesn't have this recording possibility, its more like a mixer-channel
in the real world.
> To your example: Allright, I got this. But where do I connect the output of
> the bus? Back to the track? That´s the only possibility I see here, but
> perhaps there is a better one...
Connecting the output of a track to the input of a bus and that output to the
input of the track again gives you a nice little feedback. And its a digital
feedback, so no nice sinus-wave...
A bus is a multi-purpose thingie, you can use to to split your track into an
unmodified and a modified version and by that mix (and automate) the original
and for example the phasered version. You can also use it to act like a bus on
mixing consoles and connect several tracks to one bus and then have one fader
(and effect chain) for them all to go to the main-mix. But you can do all sorts
of things with this.
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