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Navigating the Mixer

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Video: Navigating the Mixer

Up until now, we'd been working primarily on the Arrange window, as well as the Navigation and Browser windows. Now it's time to open up the Mixer window, and become familiar with its layout. To open up the Mixer window I hit F3, and what I'm looking at is a small view of the Mixer. This icon right here is highlighted. If I click this icon over here, the large icon, my mixer view increases. I also have the ability to choose between a narrow, and normal mixer view.

Navigating the Mixer

Up until now, we'd been working primarily on the Arrange window, as well as the Navigation and Browser windows. Now it's time to open up the Mixer window, and become familiar with its layout. To open up the Mixer window I hit F3, and what I'm looking at is a small view of the Mixer. This icon right here is highlighted. If I click this icon over here, the large icon, my mixer view increases. I also have the ability to choose between a narrow, and normal mixer view.

What we have over here, are the lists of tracks that are available for viewing on the mixer. For example, if I click on lead vocal, you'll notice that the lead vocal disappears from the mixer view. One of the reasons that there are so many impact tracks on the mixer is that impact can be set up to be a multi-output interface and so the presets that I had chose to program my drum pattern are all multi-output presents, and that's why were looking at so many presets on the mixer window. You can certainly go through the list and hide them from the mix review, by highlighting them in this column. Next we have the list of available instruments, showing us what we have brought into the session.

Impact, Impact Two, Impact Three, Presents and Presents Two. Here we have the fader, and this shows our faders volume, +6.2db. A nice key command to return the fader to 0.db, it's holding down command on the mac or control on pc and clicking on the fader and it returns it to zero db. Here's where we have our pan left and right, and the same keyboard shortcut applies with the panning. I'll hold down command and click on it and it returns it to the center. Up here in the inserts area is where I would click on the plus sign to add any one of Studio One's plug-ins as an insert. Down here in the sends area of the mixer is where I would set up my send and return to set up a reverb or delay chain.

Moving across the mixer, we have all of our other tracks over here. Presents and guitars 1, 2, 3 and 4 are empty tracks at this point. And over on the far right side of the mixer window, is the master fader. You'll notice that I have the ability to insert a plug-in before the master fader, as well as after the master fader. In other words, when applying inserts on the master fader, such as a compressor, the volume of the master fader, does not effect the compressor. If I'm applying a compressor post master fader, that simply means, that the master fader level will effect my compressor plugin. Whether Studio One's mixer is your first experience working in a digital audio work station mixer or you have spent some time using mixers in other DAWs, make sure to spend some time getting comfortable with the mixer's layout.

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Up and Running with Studio One

40 video lessons · 2701 viewers

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  1. 2m 20s
    1. Welcome
      49s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      30s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 12m 56s
    1. Navigating the Start page
      1m 32s
    2. Setting up your artist profile
      2m 11s
    3. Configuring your audio devices
      2m 51s
    4. Working with external devices
      2m 18s
    5. Exploring other options
      4m 4s
  3. 19m 53s
    1. Creating a new song
      2m 46s
    2. Navigating the Browser
      2m 1s
    3. Navigating the Transport
      1m 44s
    4. Dragging and dropping instruments, loops, and effects
      2m 59s
    5. Configuring and recording an instrument track
      1m 23s
    6. Configuring and recording an audio track
      2m 39s
    7. Punching in
      1m 56s
    8. Recording to track layers
      2m 35s
    9. Navigating the Inspector
      1m 50s
  4. 31m 40s
    1. Quantizing MIDI
      3m 21s
    2. Editing MIDI
      2m 21s
    3. Consolidating MIDI regions
      2m 7s
    4. Converting MIDI to audio with Track Transform
      2m 50s
    5. Taking advantage of the Studio One editing tools
      3m 55s
    6. Arranging bundled content
      3m 53s
    7. Comping your takes
      3m 25s
    8. Trimming audio, creating fades, and changing region gain
      3m 42s
    9. Tuning audio with Melodyne
      4m 34s
    10. Creating Folder Tracks
      1m 32s
  5. 19m 18s
    1. Navigating the Mixer
      2m 52s
    2. Setting up and routing FX and buses
      4m 23s
    3. Working with FX chains and presets
      3m 8s
    4. Recording and writing automation
      3m 34s
    5. Exporting your mix
      5m 21s
  6. 19m 59s
    1. Preparing songs for mastering and navigating the Project page
      5m 14s
    2. Utilizing EQ, compression, and limiting
      5m 23s
    3. Making changes to your original mix during mastering
      3m 25s
    4. Exporting the finished product
      5m 57s
  7. 8m 13s
    1. Publishing to SoundCloud
      2m 51s
    2. Uploading your song to Nimbit
      1m 59s
    3. Accessing user-generated content with PreSonus Exchange
      3m 23s
  8. 1m 8s
    1. Next steps
      1m 8s

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