Another question from the resident n00b. So everything I have read says to record all your tracks 'dry' (no effects), and then apply the outboard effects later. This makes perfect sense to me and I really want to do it. So, I record everything dry.. but all I can use then is my software plugins (which aren't that great). I'm using N-Track, currently trying to get Sonar XL to work with my hardware (ST Audio DSP2000 C-Port 8in/out). The C-Port has 2 XLR ins and 8 1/4" ins for its 8 inputs, and 8 1/4" outs. I bought a patch bay but I'm not sure the proper way to use one! (doh) I own an Alesis NanoVerb, a Lexicon MPX100 and an Aphex 104. I'd like to use these.. but I don't know how to 'add' them to my tracks. Do I re-record by playing back the track, through the effects unit, and somehow back into the system again? Does this make sense? Can anyone help?