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Production Tips - Round 3: Use Effect Sends

Production Tips - Round 3: Use Effect Sends

Postby dilvie » Fri May 19, 2006 1:17 pm

I noticed a lot of people using separate reverb and delay lines for each channel -- what's worse, reverb effects often had different settings on different channels.

Always share reverb and delay -- typically, only one value needs to be different from one channel to the next: amount. You can set that with an effect send volume.

There are special channels (after the master) in Renoise that you can use for globally shared effects. You should always use these channels for reverb. Here's why:

  • Saves tons of CPU power
  • Creates a more coherent soundstage
  • If you want to adjust the soundstage, you only have to adjust one reverb plugin

For delay, it's sometimes appropriate to have a couple different delay lines, but like reverb, it should be shared as an effect send, regardless, because it's something that doesn't need separate settings for each channel.

There can be exceptions to the rule, of course, but those exceptions should serve a particular purpose, such as a guitar amp simulation.

The primary point here is, share the effects that you can share, and your sound will be more coherent.
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Postby organic io » Fri May 19, 2006 1:58 pm

wow, thanks a lot for the tips dilvie! i'll try em out next round
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