This past week a reader named Ryan F. emailed me with a question that was too good not to share:
And Ryan’s eagle-eyed observation is absolutely accurate. Sometimes I adjust the levels of my parallel effects with Logic’s Send knobs. Other times with the Auxiliary Channel’s fader.
Is there a difference? Don’t they both achieve the same result?
The goal of a Send is to send our tracks to a parallel effect like a reverb or parallel compressor. We adjust the level of the effect to blend with the original track using either the Send knob or the Auxiliary fader.
For example: drums can sound pretty great in one of Space Designer’s Drum Room presets.
We usually only ever need a *dash* of reverb or delay. So we adjust the level of the Send knob to sit find that perfect reverb level in our mixes.
So why fuss with the Auxiliary Channel’s fader at all? Seems a bit inconsistent.
In my experience, there is a subtle difference between adjusting Send levels and Aux Faders. It may not be obvious, but the difference impacts my mix decisions.
So today let’s explore this subtle, but nuanced difference. Perhaps it just might change the way you approach your parallel effect channels 🙂