Recording an effected signal

Author: sleepfreaks

Recording a signal with an effect on it

「Recording an effected signal」is when
you record the waveform of a sound with the applied effect placed before the sound enters the interface.


With this you can –

  • lower CPU use
  • prevent clipping (via limiter/comp)
  • make the later mixing process easier

However, because the effected sound is recorded,
you can’t turn the effect on/off after the recording.

Because of this fact, you must determine
the exact sound you want before recording.

Though recording vocals while recording is a common technique,
it is generally used just to keep the sound in check.

Settings for recording with effects

Here, we will look at settings for Logic and Cubase.



From the mixer window select
「Option」→「New auxiliary」


  • 1- Change the「aux」input to match the guitar or mic interfaces. Apply an effect as well.
  • 2- Place the「aux」output to a「random Bus」. Set the audio tracks input to be the same as the「Bus」.

With this, the recording will reflect the effected audio.


It’s very simple.




The left is the input.
By placing an「effect」here, you can apply the effect to the waveform being recorded.

Recording with a compressor

Recommended audio interface – UR series

Recording hardware effect signals without latency, with the DSP compatible popular audio interface series.