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Pipeline XT: Integrating Outboard In Studio One

PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques
By Robin Vincent

Not a photo-realistic plug-in GUI, but an actual photo: Pipeline XT allows you to capture an image of the hardware unit it's feeding.Not a photo-realistic plug-in GUI, but an actual photo: Pipeline XT allows you to capture an image of the hardware unit it's feeding.

With Pipeline XT, integrating outboard gear is almost as easy as loading a plug-in.

The Pipeline plug-in has been part of Studio One since its launch in 2009, but in version 4.1 it's been reworked into Pipeline XT: an even more elegant way of incorporating hardware sound processing into a DAW mix.

This is a task that seems simple enough in theory, but in practice, all sorts of issues can be caused by the latency of your audio interface and the terrible things it can do to phasing. Hardware integration can also be complicated, inconsistent and hard to recall when you come back to a project after using the hardware for something else. Pipeline XT can sort all of this out, although you still need to keep your wits about you.

Audio Setup & Latency

Pipeline XT takes advantage of any spare audio outputs and inputs on your audio interface to create an effects loop, so if your audio interface only has a single stereo input and output, or you are mixing on your laptop's built-in headphone output, this is not for you. To begin, you load it like any other plug-in as an insert on the track you want to process. The plug-in interface has drop-down menus labelled Send and Return. Set these respectively to the output that is connected to your outboard processor's input, and the input that will be picking up the processed signal. If you don't see all of your inputs and outputs in the list, select the Audio I/O Setup option, and you'll be taken to Studio One's Audio I/O Setup window where you can add any missing ones.

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Published March 2019