This is a short tutorial on how to create an aux send using the reaper daw. Aux sends are useful for using a single plug-in instance to process FX from multiple tracks. Make sure to leave a comment in the section below as I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Do you ever save your typical track layout with FX, Aux, Buss, etc., as a template and share that with others like us?
I actually did a post related this topic recently and was asked the same question there ;). Check that post out here https://homemusicstudio1.com/how-should-my-tracks-be-routed-inside-my-daw/
That said, here is a copy of a Reaper file that contains a project with a basic routing setup that is typical of what I might use. http://bit.ly/1ctZPaA
Hope this helps you some,
I am brand new and did not understand what you did here.
Any way you could make this video again describing what you did ??
Thank you your work on this site is most helpful !!
Hey Jacie, I mentioned in this video why I don’t have a narration for it. I’ll will be cover this topic later in other videos so I won’t be adding narration to this one. The person that asked the question that I responded too with this video, knew exactly what I was showing them. I realize for others that may not be the case. This is literally the only video of tons on the site that has no narration. Still I felt that since many can still benefit from seeing what I did here is was worth posting anyway. When I do an updated video on this idea I’ll post that link here for everyone to find. Thanks for the comment!
I use Reaper on the side but may be moving full time to it. I’m glad you make these videos.
Thanks for clearing that up.
Sorry to be a pain – what’s the difference between an aux send and a bus?
No pain at all Mark.
In reaper you set a buss and aux up the same way as far as tracks going to them but an aux I think of more in terms of applying FX to a group of tracks where as a buss I think in terms of summing a group of tracks together.
In an aux send ill use the send fader in the routing section to determine how much FX like reverb I want to hear.
On a buss it’s the track fader that determines how much of that track is heard.
Both terms really come from the real life mixer. Full out studio/live mixers will have both aux sends for FX/monitor mixes and busses for summing channels together.
So in terms of practical DAW usage think of in like this…
Compression, EQ, etc use directly in the track insert
Reverbs, delay, etc can often be best through an Aux send
Grouping tracks together is best done using the buss mix idea,
Does that help?
Okay that certainly helps. I’m beginning to get a clearer picture. Thanks a lot.
You bet Mark, inside the coaching club I’ll walk us through what I’ve described in the post production module as well.
stunningly loud! i wouldn’t call watching mouse movements much of a tutorial. How about explaining what you are doing and why?
I made this quick tutorial as a response from a subscriber who sent in an email. I did it quickly on my laptop when I was out of town and did not have my mic with me. Sorry you didn’t find it helpful but many others did so I posted it regardless.
Could you overdub a voice?
I’ll be doing more on this topic in the future so I have no plans to add a voiceover to this video just yet. It was a quick response to a question and I thought there is still value for others as is. Thanks for asking though. ;)
Nice, clear video. Thanks.
Is it best to clear the Master/parent send tick box on the tracks going to the BUS? Is there any difference between leaving them ticked or unticked?
When they are checked that is how that track/aux/buss get sent to the master fader. So if your using a track as a buss mix (all your drum tracks going to 1 stereo), than you would not want to check on each individual drum track but only on the buss itself. That way all those tracks go to the buss and then the buss goes to the master fader, otherwise it would be doubling up on the signal, 1 from each track and 1 from the buss if that makes sense.
As as aux send it would be the same concept. Often times I’ll send every FX aux to one main FX buss track and then send that track to my master fader. This lets me control the entire amount of FX in a song so I can EQ it or automate different levels at different parts of the song. So in that case I would uncheck the master/parent output on each FX Aux, and leave it on at the FX buss track.