[LAD] Digital Effects

Harry van Haaren harryhaaren at gmail.com
Fri Aug 22 15:39:48 UTC 2014

On Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 3:12 PM,  <tom at trellis.ch> wrote:
> is it correct that the following two scenarios give the exact same result?
> (digital audio signal) -> (record) -> (playback) -> (apply fx) -> (result)
> (digital audio signal) -> (apply fx) -> (record) -> (playback) -> (result)

I'll add a note that if looping the playback output,  using the 1st option
the FX must constantly processes. Option 2 has the FX "recorded in",
which means the FX chain doesn't use CPU.

Of course, this "advantage" of 2 has a disadvantage: you can't change the
FX settings anymore, and certain time varying FX like Flangers and
Phasers might not "line-up" if the speed of the Flanger doesn't match
the loop duration.

(new mail just in from Tom:)
> "i'm recording the bass with compression and eq, it just makes a better overall mix compared to
applying after recording" it can be looked at as rubbish
Yes totally: assuming the audio the player hears is identical
regardless of settings: musicians generally perform slightly
differently if they hear a compressed version of their instruments

If the bass player recording with comp & eq also *hears* that, as
opposed to hearing it without compression... then perhaps they'll play
"better" and it'll be easier to mix.

HTH, -Harry

PS: There's a lot of studio guides that mention slightly compressing a
monitor mix to artists.. I find it interesting to read about the
settings, and wether to send some reverb or not too.. :)

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