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Effects- Pre or Post

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i completely understand the use or effects pre or post in a mixing board for live use ect. but i'm not sure about pre or post in a daw. i assume that if you raise or lower the fader that you would want the effect to follow that fader movement right? so that is pre correct? what about reverbs being used on a aux send? please give me a little theory on this. thanks


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Member Thu, 01/31/2008 - 11:55
got it. what about reverb in a aux bus? lets say the first 10 tracks are for drums, track 11 is a reverb bus, and track 12 is a drum bus. (using samplitude 10 by the way) so i add a reverb to the reverb bus and I assume it should be pre fader? i usually keep the reverb bus fader at 0 and control the amount of verb with the aux sends. then on the drum bus i put a comp and sometimes a limiter. does this sound right?

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hueseph Thu, 01/31/2008 - 12:05
That depends. When you go Pre-Fader, your only control for the amount of verb will be via the aux. send pot and of course the Aux return fader. The effect will not "follow" the direct signals fader. I only use Pre-Fader when I want the effect to be predominant. For a "ghost" effect or to portray distance.

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bent Wed, 01/30/2008 - 11:11
In DAW land you have many options for adding FX to tracks.

As far as your assumption about them following fader movement, sure - if that's the route you want to take. I more often than not set up my auxes in such a manner.

I'm not sure what theory you might be looking for. If you understand it on a live console, it isn't much different in a DAW, you've just got more options / routing abilities.

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cfaalm Thu, 01/31/2008 - 04:04
To make the aux send follow fader movement it will have to be set POST fader. That's the ususal way to connect.

There are however cases where you would want in to connect pre-fader. If something has to really drown in reverb, it will be easier to send it PRE fader.

When I use the Amplitube plug-in I usually send the DI signal from the guitar track PRE-fader because that way I can directly control the amount of drive from the Amplitube and still use the DI signal on the side.