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AUDIO MIXER‌‌

By now you’ve probably used the channel volume and pan controls in the track list. Basic mixes can be created this way, but the Mixer window offers far more creative options. All audio signals including audio, Virtual Instruments, and effects can be controlled with great precision using the Mixer window.

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Each track is represented by a vertical channel strip containing a volume slider, pan control, EQ (low, mid, high), insert FX, record arm, solo, and mute buttons, plus an optional Send knob and Instrument button (some controls vary depending upon the track type). Keep in mind that tracks in the track list have a one-to-one correlation with mixer channels; in other words, each newly created track adds a new track in the mixer.

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SHOW/HIDE TRACKS

You can check or uncheck tracks beneath the Show Tracks section to the left of the Mixer. This lets you view only the tracks that are currently being worked with.

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Hiding or showing tracks has no effect on audio.

You Send Me… Send Knob Display In The Mixer

You might notice the red send knob at the top of channel strips isn’t always there.

The send knob is only present if the current project contains at least one Send Track. There’s no limit to how many Send Tracks a project can have, but the Mixer only displays one send knob. (We didn’t want to potentially fill your screen with a never- ending vertical column of Send knobs!)

If a project contains more than one Send Channel, the

Send Channel selector drop-down menu at the left of the Mixer window selects which one the red Send knob currently represents. This setting is global for the entire mixer;

in other words, the Send knobs in the mixer always ALL display the same Send Track.

CHECK ALL/CHECK NONE

Check All/Check None lets you rapidly show or hide all mixer channels. Chekov, on the other hand, is that guy on Star Trek.

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SEND CHANNEL SELECTOR

The Send Channel selector chooses the active send channel knob displayed in the Mixer channels. See the sidebar You Send Me… Send Knob Display In The Mixer.

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MIXER CHANNEL STRIP CONTROLS

Below is a summary of all Mixer channel strip functions. Depending on the type of track, the channel strip may not contain all controls shown below.

Notes Button

Selects the destination routing if the project contains SubMix or Output Bus tracks. If no SubMix or Output Bus

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This tiny fader icon indicates the channel is active for the current fader banke. This display is relevant only when using a hardware fader controller.

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Adjusts the amount of signal routed to the selected Send Channel/Track. Only displayed if project has one or more Send Tracks.

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Opens the effect dialog for each track. If the track currently has effects, the FX button turns green. Hovering over the FX button displays the currently loaded effects.

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Click to select and change Virtual Instruments.
(Virtual Instrument tracks only)

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Arm the track for recording.

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Solos the audio on the track and mutes other non-soloed tracks.

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Mutes the audio track.

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Selects the channel input source for Audio tracks and Virtual Instrument tracks. On an audio track, this lets you select the audio source device (e.g., USB microphone, Line Input, etc.), as well as the audio interface physical input channel.

On a Virtual Instrument track, this lets you select between all MIDI devices and a specific MIDI device. Can also limit the input to a specific MIDI channel.

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Each track has built-in Hi, Mid, and Lo equalization (EQ) knobs.

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Panning control. For mono tracks, this shifts the sound left image or right in the stereo field. For stereo tracks, this affects the balance between the left and right channel.

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Track volume fader. A setting of 0 equals unity gain.

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