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

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The primary function of a delay plug-in is to make an audio signal arrive later. Keep in mind, though, that this doesn’t mean the signal is played back slower. That would be time compression (speeding up) or expansion (slowing down). Delay doesn’t change the length of the audio signal any more than waiting at a stoplight changes the length of your car. It simply holds back the audio signal for a moment before letting it go as normal.

Somewhere out there a guitarist is saying, “Hey, wait a minute! When I use a delay pedal, it plays back three or four little echoes for every note I play.” That is an effect that can very easily be created with a delay. It only takes splitting the signal and allowing one part to play through in time while ...

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