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Mastering Pro Tools® Effects: Getting the Most Out of Pro Tools’ Effects Processors by Jeremy Krug

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Overuse, Abuse, and Danger Zones

It’s just a fancy volume control, what could possibly go wrong?

If you use them all carefully and listen even more carefully, then you shouldn’t have any trouble. Then again, if the band rehearsed the song well enough, there would never be a need for a second take. Mistakes happen. They might come from simply dialing in a setting that isn’t quite right, by not understanding how a particular control works, or by just plain going too far.

Cranking up the volume has the unique ability to make your track start spitting out noise from both ends. The highest peaks can start distorting as they are clipped or just crushed by the processing. On the other end, the quietest low-level system noise will tag along for the ride ...

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