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Lesson 9. Mixing > Using Sends

Using Sends

When you insert a DSP plug-in into a channel's Insert slot, 100 percent of the channel's sound passes through the plug-in, so all of the channel's signal is processed by the effect. For equalizing or dynamic range compression, this is perfect because you want to equalize or compress the entire signal. But for other effects, such as reverbs and delays, you will normally want only a portion of the signal to be processed so that you can control how wet the signal is (how much reverb there is compared with the amount of the source signal). While a Mix slider is used with these types of effects to adjust, for example, the amount of reverb compared with the amount of source signal, in many situations using a Send provides a far better method for working with these types of effects.

Sends split a portion of a channel's sound out and send it to a system bus. The signal that travels out through a Send is exactly the same as the signal passing through the channel itself, so it makes a good source signal for DSP effects. Furthermore, you can send the signal from several different tracks to the same bus. This allows you to process the sound from several different tracks using the same set of DSP plug-ins!


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