Stacks…that really does conjure up a plethora of images in ones mind. Chances are, though, this type of “stack” isn’t the first thing that popped into your head. For users of certain DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software, you can “stack” multiple effects onto your tracks and save it as a preset. This preset can then be applied to audio quickly and easily. Today, I’m going to share with you the secret of building these presets.
Why would I need this ability, you ask?
Well let’s say you record all of your audio raw (no processing on the way into your DAW), and then do all of your processing in post. Are there a few things that you ALWAYS do for practically every piece of audio you work on? If so, you can automate that process. This isn’t a tough one, so let’s see how it’s done!
Building the Stack
Ok, if you’ve never read anything about me, you will soon find that I love Adobe Audition CS6 for processing voice over audio. For my needs, nothing beats it. Therefore…I will not be talking about how to do this in Pro Tools or any other DAW…you’ll have to just experiment and apply it to your situation. If you use AA CS6, here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up an effects rack favorite.
I tailored my workspace to my needs in Adobe Audition. One of the things that I did is make the effects rack easily accessible. Here is how you get ‘er done!
Note: I am working in the waveform, single-track view. That is what this tutorial covers.
Add the Effects
Start off by adding each effect to the rack. To add an effect, click the small triangle to the right of slot where an effect can be added. The little “power” button on the left will turn the effect on and off within the effects rack.
Make sure of a couple things. First, add only the effects that you want to use every time (you can make multiple favorites if you need). Second, make sure you put the effects in the order that you want them to be applied. THIS is something that I’m not going getting into in this tutorial. Just bear this in mind, if you process in the wrong order, you won’t get optimal results.
The effects are numbered. Number one will be the first effect that is applied to your audio, number two is the second, and so on.
Set the Effects
Now that you have all of the effects placed in the rack, are they all set up the way you want them? Go through and make sure each effect has the parameters that you want. The parameters that you set now will be saved, you DO NOT have to save the parameter as a favorite (within each effect you can save your parameters as favorites) they will automatically be saved exactly as you set them when you click save.
Now that you have everything the way you like it, you can save it as a preset for super fast and easy access. To do this, simply click the image to the right of the preset drop down box. This button looks like an arrow pointing down at a hard drive (or some other type of storage device). When you click this button, a dialog box will pop up asking you to name the preset. Name it something you’ll remember, and hit OK.
THAT’S IT! Now, whenever you want to apply that processing stack to a piece of audio, you just click the presets drop down box, and select the preset you saved. This will automatically add each of those effects to your rack with the parameters that you specified.
There are things we sometimes do to every piece of audio we send out. Maybe a Hipass filter, maybe a De-Esser or some sort of compression. Whatever you regularly do…make a preset for that. ALSO…you can make presets for unique situations. Do you sometimes process audio for high energy car dealer spots (or something like that)? You can easily make a preset that does just that. This way, each time you need to do this unique processing, you don’t have to mess with the settings to get it right. You just click the AWESOME BOOMING VO preset and immediately make yourself sound INCREDIBLE!!! Or, whatever.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, shoot them my way. I’ll do my best to answer (though I don’t know how to g this in most other DAWs off the top of my head). I created a video to go along with this post. Check it out!