How and when do I use outboard effects with computer recording?
by Tommy Hall
I have 3 rack boxes full of effects from reverbs to delays to compressors and graphic EQs to maximizers to high and low pass filters and vocoders. I recently got my PC upgraded with 1 gig of ram, two hard drives, an 80GB and a 250GB, running Sonar XL1 using an M-Audio Delta 44 sound card. I also have an M-Audio Solo firewire card but I'm not using it yet and sending all my signals through a Mackie 24X4 mixer. Being a singer/songwriter drummer and keyboard player who has always used a Tascam DA-38 I am really enjoying PC recording.
I guess my question is how do I implement any of my outboard effects into the recording process since Sonar has some great plug in effects. My DA-38 still works fine as does my Yamaha 8 track mini disk recorder. I have a great home studio set up, a great drum kit and drum machine, and plenty of recording space for the musicians. I love Gospel music and that's the music I've been blessed to write lyrically, traditional, contemporary, modern, etc. One of the most gratifying experiences in my life is when a pen or pencil comes to life in my hand and creates words that can ecourage me as well as someone else who might be in a moment or time of despair to let them know it'll be all over in the morning just hang on in there, PEACE!!!