Digital Sound & Music: Concepts, Applications, & Science, Chapter 1, last updated 6/25/2013
Figure 1.52 Reason software instrument rack Software Plug-Ins
Multitrack editors include the ability to use real-time software plug-ins to process the audio on
specific tracks. The term plug-in likely grew out of the days of analog mixing consoles when you
would physically plug in an external processing device to the signal chain on a specific channel
of an analog mixing console. Most analog mixing consoles have specific connections labeled
“Insert” on each channel of the mixing console to allow these external processors to be
connected. In the world of digital multitrack editing software, a plug-in refers to an extra
processing program that gets inserted to the signal chain of a channel in the software multitrack
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