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It is very practical to be able to combine several audio tracks to a single output. This is very handy with several drum tracks for example, where you might have seven or eight, or even more tracks. Allowing us to have a single output for all these tracks and treat the audio as a whole, and apply EQ, effects, levels, etcetera. Similarly, we can also have Effects Channels. As opposed to Inserts, where 100% of the signal passes through the effect. This, lets us send as much or as little of our unprocessed audio to one or more tracks for multiple sources, allowing us to blend the two signals.
Let's create a group channel for our guitars. Let's open the mixer, go to Project > Add Track > Group Channel. Let's name this All Guitars, click Add track, and there it is. Let's color this. Now, let's get all our guitars, our three tracks, over to this one output. Head over to Q-Link up here, and select it. Select all your tracks, and now go up here to Racks and Routing, click on Routing.
Go down here > and click on Group > All Guitars. Let's solo this, and listen. (MUSIC). You'll notice that when I solo this, the group track is also soloed. (MUSIC). Now let's add an effects channel. Let's add some reverbs to all the guitars. Go to Projects > Add Track > FX Channel. Go to the effect, and type in reverb.
Let's use Reverence, click Add Track. Reverence pops up, so you can change the settings. Let's Close it for now. Here's the effects channel. Let's solo this, solo all guitars, and press Play. (MUSIC). Let's scroll down here, to our Sends, and Open them. Let's create a Send by clicking on the first slot and head down to FX1 Reverence. Turn it on, and press Play. (MUSIC).
And there it is, very good. Let's clear all the solos. Let's go up here to Deactivate all of them, at the same time. (MUSIC). Excellent. Group tracks and Cubase allow us to create a single destination for multiple audio tracks. This will let us treat the combination of signals as a single unit, and allow us to apply EQ and Inserts as a group.
Using Sends to effects channels, are an excellent way to create a balance between a processed and direct signal. Another advantage is being able to send several audio channels to the same effect.
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