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Old 04-08-2011, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by MattChen View Post
hhmmmm, I feel like I am doing it right but without using the same platform as you I suppose it's hard to confirm.

Basically if I am recording a track (referred by logic as "input 1") and have it highlighted, the plugins menu is on the far left side and is under a heading called "inserts". Just below this heading and any plugins you add is another heading called "sends"; which you can add bus 1 or bus 2, etc. When you click on one of these buses it goes into an identically structured menu vertically parallel to "input 1", only it's called "bus 1". On here I can add delay, and then reverb on bus 2....and I am able to adjust the volume of these individual buses which seems to affect the intensity of the effect.
It sounds like you have got it . (perhaps someone who is using Logic can comment ). My guess is what's happening is, Logic is automatically creating an Auxiliary track or Aux track when you make the Bus selection.
Am I doing this right? It seems like I am as the effects no longer sound the same even though I am using the same reverb/delay settings; I assume it's because I have a dry signal in the mix now?

So one, am I doing this right, and two what is the benefit of doing this? Is it always better to do this (i.e. every time)?
Yes this is how you will see it done in most pro studios and in most concert live mixing as well ( if they have enough buss's on the mixing board) Yes make a habit of it, there could be times you might put a particular plug in directly on a track but most pro engineers routinely put reverbs and delays on a bus and an aux track.

Fist: benefit is that with a combination of wet and dry signal you have a greater degree of control and can dial in a more precise blend. So now you have the choice of making the effect very subtle where it not necessarily noticeable as an effect per se it just sounds better.. or you can intentionally increase the amount of wet signal volume to really feature the effect.

Second: in a mix with lots of tracks ( like pop music where they might have 100 or more ) you can run multiple tracks to the same effect. ( which in a DAW saves on computer processing power) .. i.e. You can for instance run all the drum kit tracks ( maybe 4-8 ) to the same reverb. or all the backing vocals to the same compressor ect.
So here is another rule of thumb since often with reverb and delay " less is more " "Not always but most of the time.. Try this :start adjusting the volume of the bus down until you can no longer hear the effect then just nudge it back up- a db or two... then if you have a mute on the bus with the effect... just start muting and un muting to compare exactly what the effect is doing on a more subtle level until you like result .

As a bit of audio trivia BUS means more or less just what it does in city traffic
i.e. multiple things (signals instead of people ) can be picked up from different ( locations or tracks ) and in the case of an audio bus then transported to a single destination.

And one more thing, what do you mean by OP?
means the "original post"
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