mixing

Post-fader

Post-fader means that something is active after the fader. This is most commonly used when talking about effects, plugins, sends and inserts. As the fader controls the volume of the channel or track, putting something before or after the fader can have drastic effects on the volume of said thing. A common use for putting something post-fader is when you apply effects to a track or channel.

Pre-fader

Pre-fader means that something is active before the fader. This is most commonly used when talking about effects, plugins, sends and inserts. As the fader controls the volume of the channel or track, putting something before or after the fader can have drastic effects on the volume of said thing.

Most often, you put something pre-fader when you don't want it to be affected by changes in the track volume.

Modular

Modular set ups are where more than one program is used in a set up. JACK allows you to connect and sync various audio programs together so you can benefit from the strengths of individual applications. Session management can be used to manage and recall such complex set ups. A good suite of modular applications is the Non suite, which includes Non timeline, Non mixer and Non sequencer, although any JACK application can be incorporated into a modular set up.

Monolithic

Monolithic set ups are where you do all your work in one program. This is the most common approach people using Windows and Mac audio software will be used to. In Linux, JACK allows for very modular set ups, although some applications are fully featured and can also be used as monolithic set ups, eg. Ardour and Qtractor.

Qtractor

Qtractor

Qtractor is an audio and MIDI multi-track sequencer. It lets you record, edit and mix audio tracks as well as sequence MIDI, with which you can use virtual instruments.

EQ10Q

EQ10Q

EQ10Q is an LV2 plugin that provides 10 band parametric EQ with a graphical display. It includes various filter types including peaking, HPF, LPF, shelving and notch filters.

Initially, the project contained just one plugin, the EQ. Since it's start, the project has grown to include other plugins, amongst others a compressor and a gate plugin, mide/side processing, as well as BassUp, a bass enhancement plugin.

Hydrogen

Hydrogen

Hydrogen is a pattern-based drum sequencer. It allows you to create patterns and then sequence them into songs. Drum instruments are tweakable and hydrogen allows for up to 16 layers of velocity per drum instrument. Furthermore, Hydrogen includes a mixer and has support for LADSPA plugins. It can be used in sync with other programs. You can also export your songs on a per instrument basis if you prefer to process them in another program.

Meters.lv2

Meters.lv2

Meters.lv2 is a collection of audio-level meters in the LV2 plugin format. It covers an extensive range of meters which are useful for broadcast audio, as well as general audio production work. This includes, but is not limited to, DIN, Nordic, BBC, EBU and VU needle meters, 30 band spectrum analyzer, true peak meters, phase correlation meters, a goniometer and a EBU R128 meter with histogram and history. A full list of meter types can be found on the projects Github page.

zam-plugins

zam-plugins

zam-plugins is a suite of plugins from Damien Zammit of ZamAudio. The suite currently has LADSPA, LV2, LinuxVST and JACK versions and includes a compressor, parametric EQ, graphic EQ, valve simulator, and saturation plugins.

Parallel Compression

Parallel compression is a form of upward compression. It can add punch and energy, without sounding overly squashed. It does this while retaining some of the dynamics of the original signal. This is achieved by mixing a heavy compressed version of the track in with the original, uncompressed version. This is done by using a compressor as a send effect, instead of an insert.

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