How to add effects in VCV Rack

VCV Rack 2 - Using Effects

Let’s talk about effects in VCV Rack 2. By default, you’ll have access to the Delay plugin, which in itself is a very useful effect. The fun thing about modular synthesis is that almost every knob has a CV input, so you’re only limited by your own imagination. In this video, I’ll show you how […]

Production Basics #22 – Transition Effects

Transition Effects

In the previous part about music production basics, we’ve learned the basics of tension & release. It’s good to have contrasting sections in your music but sometimes you need to gradually change from one section to another. This is where transition effects come into play. What are transition effects? Transition effects in music production are […]

Production Basics #20 – Mixing with Inserts v.s. Send Effects

Mixing with Inserts v.s. Sends

Now that you know a little bit about effects and how to use them, it’s time for some practical information on where to place them. Yes, there’s actually more than one position to put your effects. One is called an insert effect and the other is called a send effect also known as aux (auxiliary). […]

Production Basics #18 – Mixing with Modulation Effects

Mixing with Modulation Effects

In part 14 of this production basics series, we’ve introduced a few modulation effects. A modulation effect is basically every effect that is automated over time. Modulation effects are powerful tools that can add movement and interest to a mix. Let’s look at some examples. Chorus As we’ve seen previously, phaser, chorus and flanger are […]

Production Basics #14 – Effects

Effect Types

Effects are used everywhere in music production. Effects are found inside synthesizers, guitar pedals, and mixers. The sheer number of different effect types can be overwhelming. That’s why I want to give an overview of the different effects used in music production. The practical use of these effects will be covered in feature articles. Filtering […]

Production Basics #11 – Subtractive Synthesis III

Subtractive Synthesis Part 3

The signal flow of a subtractive synthesizer as we’ve seen so far is oscillator > mixer > filterWe will continue to follow the signal path with one last part: the amplifier. Amplifier The amplifier, also known as Voltage Controlled Amplifier (VCA), is used to control the volume of a subtractive synthesizer. If you would listen […]