MIXING & EFFECTS

Effect slots 1 to 8

This section covers the Mixer effect slot functions and interface. Each mixer track can have up to 8 independent effect plugins hosted in slots 1 to 8 (8 as shown in the diagram at the bottom of this page).

BUT WAIT! If you need to use more than 8 effects on a single mixer track you can load an instance of Patcher in one of the slots and chain as many effects as you like inside that.

A. Effect Pop-up Menu- Select an effect to load from the pop-up menu.

B. Effect Name (Label) - Left-click to open plugin, Right-click to rename slot.

C. Effect Disable - This disables the effect but does not mute the sound passing through the slot (automatable).

D. Effect Mix Level - NOTE: Normally leave this at 100% and control the Wet/Dry mix from within the plugin. If the plugin introduces a processing delay, most do, then the processed 'wet' and unprocessed 'dry' signal can phase cancel as the wet slightly lags the dry signal. This is usually most apparent on high frequencies such as cymbals. Summary? Don't touch that knob! Unless you know what you are doing and since you are reading this you probably don't, so...

Using Effects

Audio enters at the top of the Effects stack and passes through slots in order from 1 to 8, leaving at the bottom (the only exception to this is if a Fruity Send plugin is loaded into one of the slots, then a copy of the audio can leave the mixer effects stack from that point). After the effects stack, the audio passes to the inbuilt Mixer Track Properties section where further sculpting and manipulation of the sound is possible.

Effect Pop-up Menu (A):

Presets

Spare state

These options are useful for saving plugin settings, making edits, then comparing the original vs edited versions.

Parameters

CPU

NOTE: you can also access this popup menu from the effect's own options:

Mixer reference diagram

Full descriptions are available on the main Mixer page.

  1. Mixer menu
  2. Mixer Track Scroll Bar
  3. Mixer Insert Tracks
  4. Send Tracks & Selected Track
  5. Big Peak Meter
  6. External Mixer input
  7. External Mixer output
  8. Effects slots
  9. Mixer Track Properties
  10. Master Mixer Track
  11. Small Peak Meter
  12. Panning
  13. Stereo Separation
  14. Level Fader
  15. Send Knobs
  16. Effects Enable/Disable Switch
  17. Track Recording Switch
  18. Track Send / Sidechain Enable Switch
  19. Plugin Delay Compensation
  20. Mute Switch
  21. Phase (top) & Stereo Flip (bottom)

NOTE: Most controls are automatable (Right-click and select 'Create automation clip').