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In the previous movie, we looked at creating Bus Tracks for the purpose of controlling the overall sound of multiple tracks that make Sends to group together. A bus Group let's you adjust the overall volume of the tracks routed through it or to apply effects to all the group tracks at once or to Mute or Solo all of the tracks, and so on. In this movie I'd like to show you another use for Bus Tracks. Depending on your setup you may be able to monitor or listen to your session through multiple devices. Maybe you have hardware connected to your computer that can receive multiple inputs from the computer, which allows you to maybe switch between listening through an amp and speakers to headphones.
In order to do this, you have to setup Sends, and we can check up our Sends by Clicking the Sends button here. Each track has a Send Module which allows you to send the signal to multiple places or devices depending on how your hardware is setup. Now some people confuse busses and Sends, but they are two different things. When we were looking at busses, we were working with the Input and Output controls. And here what you're doing is sending the output of this track post-fader to the bus of your selection. That means that anything we've done to the track, including raising or lowering its volume and applying effects gets sent to the bus, and we can only have one output option here.
The output can't go to both the Master Track and a Bus Track, for example, it can only go to one or the other. Let's switch back to the Sends Controls. Think of the Send as an additional and optional means of sending a track's signal to a location and you can choose whether to send the pre or post-fader signal. Now I could send the signal of this track to any other busses I've created, but for this example, let's say I want to be able to have a separate output for a headphone monitor I have hooked up to my computer. I'll Click the S1 or Set Number One menu, and I'll choose Add bus > Stereo, and that creates a new Bus Track for me.
This is very similar to what we did in the previous movie to create a bus submix, but the difference here or one of the differences is that this track's main output is still the Master Track, but in addition to that I'm also sending the audio to this Bus Track that I just created, in this case it's called bus B. Let's rename this to Headphone mixer, so you can see now I'm sending the audio to the Headphone mixer from this Send, but its main output is still going to the Master as well. Then what I do here is switch back to the Input/Output controls, and then I would send the Headphone mixer busses output to the hardware where I've got connected to my sound card, it might be a USB device I have connected, for example.
Now in this case I don't actually have anything hooked up to my computer, but if I did I could pick it from this menu. Then my next step would be to go through every single other track that I want to be able to hear through my headphones and then add a Send to the headphone bus. So, for example, I would go to the next track, go to Sends, and create a Send to the Headphone Mixer. Now I'm not going to go through do every track since I have over 30 tracks I'm working with here, but I think you get the idea. Any tracks I send to the headphone bus will be heard through the headphone bus and I can control things through this bus like the overall volume, the pan and I can even mute or solo the bus, so if, for example, no one was using the headphones at the time and I could hear them bleeding through the headphones while they are sitting on my desk, I could just mute everything with a single click here.
Now this is just one example of how you might use Sends. Remember you can have up to 16 Sends on each track. Now it's a bit of a weird interface, quirkier in my opinion but to get to the next available Send you don't Click here, which looks like a pop-up menu, but instead you use the scroll bar to the right. That gives me--in this case Send 2-- actually I should be doing this not on the headphone mixer but on the first track here. I can switch to Send 2, which I can then route to another bus if I need to. Now each track send area is where you can turn a particular Send on and off with this power button here.
And again, you can even choose whether you're sending the signal pre or post-fader. On top of that, you can adjust the Gain Level for each particular Send as well. All right, so that's working with Sends in Adobe Audition. Now for the purposes of this exercise I'm actually going to just delete this Headphone mixer track, because I don't have the proper Sends to send it to and I don't want to mess up the rest of the audio that I'm recording for these movies, I'm just going to go to Multitrack > Track > Delete Selected Track, I'll say Yes I want to continue. And you can see because I no longer have that track, I'm no longer sending to that non-existing track from either of the two tracks that I setup.
But that's how to work with Sends in Adobe Audition. They really give you an incredible amount of flexibility for routing the audio from each track to different destinations simultaneously.
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