Combination Signal Processor

Effect processor
Dynamic processors

Combination Signal Processor,what is the difference between a effect processor and Dynamic processors, and do you need them for your home recording studio?

An audio processor takes the signal and changes it. The change will depend on the type of processor the signal is put through.

There are two types of audio processors:

  • Effect Processor
  • Dynamic Processor

They both have different uses in the Home Recording Studio.

Effect Processor

With effect processors you can make your music sound better. A dull and dead recording can be changed to bring it to life and make it sound as if it was recorded in a cathedral.

Here is a list of the most common effects used in a recording:

  • Equalization
  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Echo
  • Chorus
  • Flanger
  • Phaser
  • Distortion

Dynamic Processor

With dynamic processors you can change the amplitude of a recording, evening out the loud and quiet parts of the recording. You can also eliminate the unwanted noise.

Here is a list of the dynamic processors used in a recording:

  • Compressor
  • Limiter
  • Gate
  • Expander

Combination Signal Processor have both effects and dynamics in one unit.

Effects and dynamics can be connected in two ways:

  • Insert
  • Send/Return

Insert connection is placed in the path so that all the sound passes through the processor. Dynamics are normally connected this way as it will even out the signal and eliminate noise.

Send/Return connection is placed in an aux jack which allows you to mix the affected and unaffected sound together. Equalization, reverb etc. are normally connected this way as it allows you to apply the effects to several instruments in different amounts.

DAWs come with a variety of software effects. These can be very high quality which are easy to use.

Hardware processors provide high quality effects and dynamics. One effect in each unit or many dynamics and effects in one unit. 

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