Pipeline allows hardware processors to be inserted on audio channels in much the same way that virtual effects are inserted. This feature is commonly called a “hardware insert.”
Pipeline routes audio to a hardware processor and back through specific inputs and outputs on your audio interface, while automatically compensating for the round-trip latency incurred in the process.
You can insert an instance of Pipeline on any channel, just like a regular effects plug-in, either by dragging it in from the Browser, or through the Add menu in the Insert Device Rack. With mono and stereo versions of Pipeline, you can use the version that is appropriate for your hardware processor. Pipeline will automatically compensate for the latency involved in routing audio from Studio One to your audio interface, and back from your audio interface into Studio One, and the roundtrip latency being compensated for is displayed in milliseconds at the bottom of the Pipeline interface. You also can manually set an offset value in samples to account for the latency induced directly by AD/DA converters and hardware processors. A signal scope displays an overlay of the send and return signals, and you can adjust the send gain to prevent clipping the hardware input and the return gain to prevent clipping your audio interface input. Additional controls include adjusting the mix of Send and Return signal to enable parallel processing and inverting the phase of the return signal (relative to the send signal)—useful when auditioning for calibration purposes. To the far left and right of the Pipeline interface are Send and Return meters with separate clip indicators, enabling you to accurately monitor send and return levels.
Once Pipeline has been configured for a particular piece of hardware, you can store the setting as a preset so that the configuration can be recalled at a later time, as with a virtual-effect preset. Any number of presets can be stored, which allows you to recall configurations for any number of hardware processors. These presets will appear under the Pipeline effect in the Browser, just like a preset stored for a virtual effect.
- Hardware-insert plug-in
- Adjustable send and return levels
- Signal-path ping and display
- Manual sample offset