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Chapter 14. Audio Effect Plug-Ins > Pre-Fader Send Effects

Pre-Fader Send Effects

Effects are most often used in the ways described up to now: as either insert effects or as send effects, where a percentage of the signal is sent in parallel to the send effect. There are other options for effects, though, and the last few pages of this chapter will explain some of them. For instance, effects can use a pre-fader.

To understand what a pre-fader is, it's important to remember how send effects work in the default post-fader method. By default, the blue-green slider that controls the level of send effects is actually just a ratio control. If the channel fader is moved up, more signal goes to the send effect, and if the fader is moved down, less signal goes to the send effect. The ratio between the two stays the same. With a pre-fader send effect, the same blue-green slider controls the amount of signal sent to the send effect regardless of where the channel fader is set. It no longer just sets a ratio, but acts almost like a second fader controlling the level of the send effect. The following task lets you hear the difference.


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