I've been told there are two philosophies.... 1. Add effects when recording a track, leaving minimal work for mastering ie. get it right on the way in. 2. Record dry and do all the effect selection when mastering. I expect it depends on what works for each individual, and the complexity of the piece. I'd like some feedback. I'm running a Creamware Pulsar2 card which sounds very good. It's great for one/two tracks at a time but won't give me the DSP's to use a lot of effects on each track when mastering. I also have a Yamaha FX500 effect unit which sounds good to my ears..)although I haven't compared it side by side to anything). My recordings are fairly sparse singer/songwriter material using samples, (drums and percussion, bass, piano, organ, synth strings) with live recording of acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, vocals. If YOU were to add effects while recording, which instruments/voice would you select as safest?