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Chapter 18.  Using Audio Effects  > Using Real-time Audio Effects

Using Real-time Audio Effects

If you've ever used a stomp-box with your guitar, run your vocals through a reverb—heck, if you've even used the tone controls on your stereo—you've used real-time audio effects. Like SONAR's MIDI effects, audio effects work their magic during playback, but unlike MIDI effects they operate directly on the sound of the audio.

SONAR's real-time audio effects operate as plug-ins, separate programs that only run within a host program such as SONAR. This plug-in architecture allows you to buy third-party effects to expand your sonic palette, although SONAR includes plenty of high-quality effects to begin with. There are, in fact, far more plug-ins in SONAR than we can cover, so let's take a look at some representative real-time effects. The following examples cover the techniques you need to know to explore and experiment with the whole collection. Some of the windows may look slightly different depending on whether you use them on a mono or stereo track.


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