Pro­duc­ers Guide

Make bet­ter sounds us­ing Send FX

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Ef­fects are the lifeblood of pro­duc­tion. They’re what makes a good sound great, and the thing that adds the ex­tra spice to any track. Hum­ble mix­ing ef­fects such as com­pres­sors and EQs are gen­er­ally added to chan­nels as in­sert ef­fects, but the real cre­ativ­ity starts on the re­turn chan­nel, where com­plex chains of in­ter­ac­tive pro­cesses cook up ef­fects that give your mix the edge.

It’s easy to lose the pas­sion for the cre­ative side of life, get­ting stuck in a rut and giv­ing up be­fore you’ve even started – “I’ll just throw a re­verb on that”, or “chuck a de­lay on it and call it a day”. But over the next few pages, we’re go­ing be­yond the ba­sics, aim­ing to in­spire you to take an­other look at those re­turn chan­nels. From the lit­tle tweaks that can make any send sound bet­ter, to the com­plex and elab­o­rate set-ups that can be used as per­for­mance ef­fects, we’ll help you re­learn what’s so good about send/ re­turn ef­fects paths, and we’ll put you in the mood to make your best sounds yet with them.

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