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External Processing Tutorial

Connecting Studio Hardware to Your DAW Explained®

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    Introduction

    Patrick welcomes you and gives you a brief introduction and rundown of what will be covered in this video course that's all about incorporating hardware and analog gear into your setup, and how it can open up new sonic doors.

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    Hardware VS. Plug-Ins

    Next, Patrick talks about the pros and cons of working with hardware compared to working entirely in the box. Both workflows have benefits and drawbacks, so learning where each shines will help you to take advantage of the benefits with the least amount of drawbacks.

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    AD/DA Conversion Basics

    In this video, learn the basic science of sound and and how to convert audio to and from the digital domain, as well as how that minimizing conversions is important to maintain optimal quality. You'll also learn the different audio interfaces options that are available to help you better plan your recording setup.

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    Front End Hardware Integration

    Using external preamps and channel strips can improve your sound quality greatly, while offering you a lot more flexibility. Patrick demonstrates this with a hardware based Joe Meek Twin Q channel strip and goes over common features that can help you get a more professional sound into your computer.

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    Using Hardware as an Insert

    When mixing material that has already been recorded, one of the best ways to incorporate hardware dynamics processors, frequency processors, and filters is to insert them directly into your signal chain. In this video see how to use this hardware channel strip as an insert, and then watch how to commit your sound back into our DAW, so you don't have to redo the process next time you open your session.

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    Using Unbalanced Units

    Now that you've used analog gear as an insert, it's important to know how to utilize unbalanced gear as well. Taking a balanced signal into an unbalanced unit will have different results depending on how the cables and units are wired, but it's never an ideal situation. Here, watch how to convert a balanced signal to an unbalanced signal and back again so you can use any unbalanced gear without worry.

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    Hardware as an Effects Send

    Using effects sends will give your mix a sense of cohesion as well as maximize the effectiveness of a single effects processor. In this video, see how to send dry signals out to a hardware effects processor, by using the send fader to dictate how much of the original dry will be sent. Then learn how to record the processed audio back into our DAW.

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    ReAmping Pt. 1

    If you love the sound of tube amps but can't live without the flexibility of recording dry and using amp simulators, then reamping is a process you need to explore. In this video discover the simplest way to get the best of both worlds, and dial in the perfect guitar (or other instrument or vocal) tones via reamping.

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    ReAmping Pt. 2

    Next, continue on the path of reamping by using the send from your DAW instead of an insert. This is slightly more complicated, but allows you to use multiple microphones, opening up many more possibilities.

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    Integrating a Summing Mixer

    Analog summing is nothing new, it's been around much longer than digital summing! Many agree that the sound of summing in an analog console brings a wider sound stage with greater separation resulting in a more professional sound, however, many of us don't have the budget, space, or I/O, etc to incorporate a gigantic professional mixing console into our workflow. Luckily, there are many analog summing units on the market that allow you to sum multiple audio channels down to 2 channels ready for mastering. In this video, learn how to hook up a summing mixer and sum 16 channels from your DAW down to a stereo left and right channel that's ready for mastering.

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    Conclusion & Final Thoughts

    Patrick now recaps the highlights of what you've learned in this series, and then sends you on your way with some helpful advice. Enjoy using your hardware and getting the sound you've been looking for!

Product Overview


Studio expert Patrick Coffin presents a comprehensive video tutorial course on how to use external studio hardware with your DAW! See how to incorporate external hardware and analog gear like compressors, channel strips, effects, reverbs, delays and more into your setup, and discover how it opens up incredible sonic doors for your productions and mixes. These videos are designed for those who are new to setting up external hardware processing with their computer DAW.

Patrick welcomes you and gives a brief introduction and rundown of what we will be covered in this video course, which is all about incorporating external hardware and analog gear into your DAW setup. Then you'll learn about the pros and cons of working with hardware compared to working entirely in the box (Your DAW). Both workflows have benefits and drawbacks, so learning where each shines will help you to take advantage of the benefits with the least amount of drawbacks.

Next you'll learn the basic science of sound and and how to convert audio to and from the digital domain, as well as how that minimizing conversions is important to maintaining optimal sound quality. You'll also explore a few different audio interfaces that can help you better plan your recording setup, and get helpful ideas for using external preamps and channel strips to greatly improve your sound quality, all while offering you the most flexibility.

Throughout the rest of the videos Patrick covers topics like using external hardware as an insert, how to correctly use unbalanced devices, setting your external hardware up as an effects send, re-amping your guitars and other instruments including vocals, integrating a summing mixer, and much more!

To see exactly what is covered in these in-depth working with studio hardware video tutorials and how they'll teach you the needed basics to start using outboard gear with your DAW, see the individual external processing tutorial descriptions on this page. Break out of the box and add new flavors and colors to your recordings today... Watch "Connecting Studio Hardware to Your DAW Explained®" now.


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Connecting Studio Hardware to Your DAW Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 3 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent course on a hybrid studio setup Really recommend this course for anyone who is thinking of doing a hybrid setup. Patrick takes what can be a fairly complicated thing and makes it easy and simple to follow. Everything is clearly explained and broad enough to fit most situations and setups.
Date published: 2021-06-27
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Connecting Studio Hardware to your DAW. I like this video because, i have the same joemeek twin Q2, afther long time one person teaching how it works, more videos over handeling the knops joemeek, i hear the differents hardware sounds direct better only UAD plugins with sound pci card prossesing chips have great sound.
Date published: 2021-06-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Breaks down the connections so that I understand what factors to think about when using my analog gear, like balance vs unbalanced for example.
Date published: 2021-06-19
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