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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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