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Christian Saether

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Do the various pro channel modules, such as compression, process the signal before recording?  I see no evidence of it in the level meters when recording, but clearly hear the difference on playback.

Related, is there a good general intro to the various knobs and what they do?

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Audio is recorded directly from your interfaces which is 100% in control of input gain. From there the signal is converted to digital and “recorded “ as data to your hard drive as a wave file Example 48/24 or 44.1/24 wav. 
That file becomes your audio track in Cakewalk and from there it feeds the channel strip from top to bottom.  
Cakewalks channel strip only processes audio after it is recorded. You can “Monitor “ the processing in real time by engaging input echo but that just monitoring.
You need to be aware that monitoring input echo is subject to your system latency. 

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There are links in the main ProChannel help page for each plug-in's detailed help.

As noted above, the DAW records the signal at the track input. Here is a signal flow diagram that may help.

If you wish to record an incoming signal with the ProChannel or other effects applied, add a send to an aux track and record the aux track. This works because the aux track input is after the original tracks ProChannel and FX rack. My want to record the original track along with the aux track, just in case.

 

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