Front DAW User Manual

Dear producer, engineer, musician. Thank you for using SounDevice Front DAW. We hope it will help to improve your music and sound the way you wish. Or maybe even better. Front DAW is intended to be used as the first plugin on every track but, of course, the creativity knows no limits.

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Front DAW Controls

Front DAW‘s simple user interface easily adapts to your screen – it will be the same size on any screen, whether it is low-DPI or modern high-DPI/retina. Drag the bottom right corner to change the GUI size. Make it smaller to save the valuable screen space, or enlarge it to make it easier to use.

Input Control: Input control is basically Gain in. Controls how much signal is going in the Front DAW plugin. Range is from -24 to +24dB

Logo: The Logo Colour changes indicate the level of incoming signal. 

BR/US/GE Buttons: Change the behaviour of the analogue circuit and change colour (British, American and German style).

HP Filter: Hipass filter can be set from 0 to 500 Hz

Mojo: Controls how much colour is in the signal.

Right-click Menu 

Click anywhere in the plugin background with the right mouse button and you will get access to following features.

Scale GUI precisely by per-cent.

Get the version info.

Access product web page, reach support and access online documentation.  

Activate/Deactivate the plugin

Disable/Enable GPU Acceleration. 

Double-click Menu 

Some parameters let you access more accurate numeric settings by double-clicking the knobs. 

Presets and left-right arrows

The plugin comes with a set of presets, which should do the trick for most cases or give you a good starting point when tweaking your sound. Access them using the right and left arrows, or by clicking the preset field directly. You can save and manage your own presets there as well. In your computer, presets are stored in the following paths:

Windows:

C:\Users\username\Documents\SoundeviceDigital\FrontDAW

Mac OS X:

HOME/Documents/SoundeviceDigital/FrontDAW

Installation and maintenance

Installation is a quick and simple process involving downloading and using a standard installer on both platforms, Windows and Mac OS X. The installer places the plugins and presets into proper locations so that your DAW can easily find it. The plugin is available for all relevant interfaces: VST, VST3, AAX and AU. Note that on OS X since High Sierra you may need to restart your computer to make your DAW find new plugins.

If you find yourself in trouble, please contact us via info@unitedplugins.com.

Updating

Updating the plugin to the newest version is as simple as using the newest installer.

Uninstallation

Windows

You can either use the link to the uninstaller in the start menu by typing Front DAW for example or it can be accessed via Control panels / Applications /

Mac OS X

First delete the plugin files manually from :

AU: /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components

VST: /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST

VST: /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST3

AAX: /Library/Application Support/Avid/Audio/Plug-Ins

Then if you really want to get rid of all data created by the plugin, remove the following folders as well:

HOME/Documents/SoundeviceDigital/FrontDAW

HOME/Library/Application support/SoundeviceDigital/FrontDAW

Note: Since OS X 10.7 (Lion), many folders are marked as hidden by default. To make them visible again in Finder, please follow this tutorial:

https://ianlunn.co.uk/articles/quickly-showhide-hidden-files-mac-os-x-mavericks/

Trial and activation

FrontDAW is initially in demo mode, which lets you evaluate the plugin. Try it in your mixing/mastering sessions and make sure it really does the trick. When ready, purchase a licence from our shop or any of our resellers. You will receive a so-called licence file, which you download to your computer. The plugin displays an ACTIVATE button when in trial mode. Click it and select the licence file. The plugin will check the licence and activate the licence on your computer. After you restart your DAW, the plugin will be activated and will work indefinitely without restrictions. You can use the plugin on all your computers.

Support

Now that you’ve taken the time to learn all about Front DAW, enjoy and make your sound awesome! If our plug-ins helped you take your production to the next level, let us know, we’d love to hear from you and what you were able to create with our software.

If you encountered any problems, we offer free technical support for all registered users. Start with the frequently asked questions here:

http://www.unitedplugins.com/faq

If you need further assistance, you can find our Customer Support contact form at:

http://www.unitedplugins.com/contact

You can also reach our support staff by e-mail at:

info@unitedplugins.com