Course 19: Effects Processing

Effects processing is the act of intentionally altering a signal by sending it through an effects unit. Traditionally, this was done by routing the signal through racks of outboard gear or guitar pedals and then into the system to record. Nowadays, a large portion of effects processing is done “in the box” with high powered tools, some of which you already have pre-stocked inside your DAW.

In the audio world, we producers thrive on effects processing to bring our music to life. Here, we look into creating space and sonic interest using reverbs, delays, and modulation effects inside of this powerful tool. Because there are literally millions of effects on the market, we first hone-in on the various types of effects so that you can get a firmer grasp of how to differentiate your choices. From there, we go into proper plug-in format and explore the various capabilities within the Pro ToolsTM or Logic Pro X® environment.


  • Be able to identify and describe what is effects processing.
  • Be able to distinguish what are the different effects processing parameters.
  • Be able to solve problems that arise when using effects and give examples of when to use effects processing.
  • Be able to select the correct effects processing and dynamic processing parameters.
  • Be able to distinguish the difference between effects processing and the difference between effects processing methods.
  • Be able to explain in what situation you would use effects processing and dynamic processing.