Whether you’re just starting out with audio or an experienced practitioner, some principles are absolute. We may bicker over best practices for microphone placement or the nuances of tube vs. solid state. However, as with everything audio, it’s the fundamentals that are most important. As an educator, I find that one of the most critically important concepts to grasp is that of the signal chain.
As we know, our consoles large and small can readily be dissected into parts of various sizes which makes the physical realm very easy to grasp for most individuals. However, signal flow comes in may shapes an sizes! After all, most students arrive at college today having experienced at least some DAW, meaning they have experimented with signal flow without being introduced to the theory. So, let’s take a really brief look at analog console signal flow and how it relates to the DAWs we use. You may be surprised how much more sense your software makes once you understand its analog brethren.
This is sage advice, so be certain to click through to AudioUndone.com for my complete article and several great tips laid out by David Miles Huber in his newest version of Modern Recording Techniques, 8th Ed.