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outboard and soundcards (dumb) question

Discussion in 'Recording' started by calidus, Mar 20, 2004.

  1. calidus

    calidus Guest

    Hi there guys!

    I must admit that I have asked the same question before, though I'm a real dummy and didn't explain myself well, so don't mind if I ask again:

    how do I add outboard reverb and compression AFTER tracking?

    My idea here is tracking things dry (other then a bit 2:1 compression) and use the effects later on. How do you route the signal in such a scenario?
    I guess this is done soloing the desidered dry track in the software then patching a soundcard output into an effect input, then back again?
    Wanting to keep this option open kinda doubles up the amount of I/O's needed, am I right?
    Also, this way the signal is going to A>D>A>D, is that a viable solution? Or did I get things wrong?

    I am trying to figure out how many I/O I really need and how to patch things. My aim is to have 4 channels of outboard preamp, compression and multifx's. I know that there' something called patchbays, I am kinda excited and intimidated about upgrading my DAW.

    Thank you
  2. golli

    golli Active Member

    Apr 17, 2003
    Why would you want to go outboard?? The way you want to do it, means making 2. and 3. generation D/A/D conversion. I dont want to sound negative, but you'd better have some serious outboard gear to justify this signal degration. Plugins are getting better and better+cheaper.
    And dont forget to do the absolute best you can when tracking, thus minimizing the need for later processing.
  3. noit

    noit Guest

    I like and use a lot of plug ins now instead of my pile of effects and proccessor, but I still hate digital reverb. If you're going to be going out to a digital reverb box, I would suggest sticking with the plugins. But, if you're crazy like me and only use spring reverbs and echo chambers then I would should Record useing the Out In Out In method with the reverb full on "wet". Then use that track as an additive to the original. That way you retain the full flavor of the dry track and still get to add a little spice. I don't know why I'm speaking in food terms, I usually don't do that.

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