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Chapter 17. Uing External Effects > Creating an External Insert Effect

Creating an External Insert Effect

In my experience, when people work with digital systems, they tend to use more external send effects—such as outboard reverb, delay, or modulation units—than external insert effects. The common insert effects such as EQ and compression are usually created with plug-ins or applied to the signal on its way to the computer before it's recorded. Still, there is no reason why you can't run a track through an external insert effect if you want to do so. If you have a special synth filter or a borrowed “magic pixie dust” compressor or EQ that you want to use on a track, it's no more difficult to use this than a send effect. The Mo FX unit used in the previous send effect example also has a great tremolo effect; the following example uses the same effect unit as an insert.

To create an external insert effect

Be sure the VST connections are properly configured and active.

At the lower left of the Cubase mixer, in the global section, click the Show Input and Output Settings button (Figure 17.8).

Figure 17.8. Use this button to show or hide input and output routings in the Cubase mixer.

In the extended mixer, click the output setting, which is located at the top of the channel strip, above the Sends, EQs, and so on (Figure 17.9).

Figure 17.9. The Output setting.

In the pop-up menu that opens, select the external effect.

Figure 17.10 shows the Mo FX effect being selected.

Figure 17.10. Selecting the external effect that will be an insert effect for the mixer channel.



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