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Chapter 11. Mixing Audio > Insert Effects Basics

Insert Effects Basics

An insert effect is the simplest kind of effect. The entire audio signal from a channel is fed into the effect, the audio is modified in some way, and the audio with the effect replaces the original track in the mix. The following task uses the Magneto plug-in included with Cubase as an insert for an audio channel. This particular plug-in emulates the saturation, overdrive, and compression of an analog tape machine.

To use an insert effect

1.
Use the extended view drop-down menu (click the downward-pointing arrow on the left side of the mixer) to display inserts in the extended view area.

2.
Click the top effect slot, marked “No Effect.”

A drop-down menu opens showing all installed VST effects and any installed DirectX effects (Figure 11.30).

Figure 11.30. The Magneto plug-in along with all of the other installed effects plug-ins.


3.
From this drop-down menu, choose Dynamics; then select Magneto.

Selecting this plug-in automatically opens its editor window (Figure 11.31).

Figure 11.31. The editor window for Magneto.


4.
Adjust the settings to get the sound you want.


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