Mixing 101: What Is a Send

You want to learn how to mix rap and r&b so you gotta know the lingo. Today we answer what is a send.

a send is a channel dedicated to processing one or more inputs from other channels

Sends make life easier. Long long ago when I first started mixing, I remember being frustrated with putting the same effects with the same settings on multiple tracks.

Whenever I wanted to tweak one small thing, my work increased exponentially.

Fortunately you won’t have to go through the same frustration. Sends put a stop to that nonsense.

In general,

  • Sends simplify your workflow
  • Sends save you precious processing power
  • Sends and automation can produce interesting results

Side Note: adding processing (like an EQ or a compressor) directly to a track is called adding anĀ insert.

In ProTools, sends are typically set up by:

  1. creating an Aux track
  2. changing the Aux track input to whatever buss you want to use (I definitely recommend naming the buss to something that make sense.)
  3. adding whatever processing you want as an insert on the Aux track

Of course, once you have the send set up you’ll want to actually send it something. Use the send area on the track you want to send from and select the buss you used earlier (this is where naming comes in handy).

Now that you know what a send is and (hopefully) have an idea how to make one you probably want to know how sends can help you.

 

Sends simplify your workflow

Sends probably have cut my mixing time by at least a third from pure workflow improvement.

Where I used to have to duplicate plugins and processing chains constantly, I can make the send channel once and be good to go for a nearly infinite (my CPU has its limits, but sends helps with that too) number of tracks.

Sends save you precious processing power

Speaking of saving you processing power, sends do just that. Instead of having to have an instance of a plugin for every track, they can be processed simultaneously in a a single instance on the send channel.

Sends and automation can produce interesting results

Ever wanted to echo just a portion of a track?

Use a delay send and automate the mute on it to do so.

Want to widen a sound?

Use a short delay sends and pan them to opposite sides or even have them go in and out. The possibilities are endless.

In summary, a send is a channel dedicated to processing one or more inputs from other channels. Sends make life easier.

If this post helps you, please let me know in the comments. If you have any questions or tips, please leave them in the comments section.

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