Audio Video Production 4/15-4/18

  1. Lesson 10: The Multitrack Mixer View

    There are two different interfaces for the Multitrack Editor. The one we’ve covered so far resembles the editor in a video program, whereas the Mixer view emulates the “look and feel” of a traditional hardware mixer as used in audio productions for well over half a century. The major difference, aside from the look, is that the Mixer view does not allow for working with clips. However, you can see more multitrack project parameters at once, which is often convenient for mixing.

    Although some students might feel more comfortable with one option or the other initially, encourage them to get used to switching to whichever view is “the right tool for the right job.” When doing recording and arrangement with a multitrack project, the regular Multitrack Editor is usually the preferred interface. But when all tracks are recorded and the arrangement is complete, the project will transition to mixing, and the Mixer view is usually the best choice for that function.

    Goals for this lesson

    In this lesson, students will learn how to do the following:

    • Switch from the Multitrack Editor to the Mixer view
    • Adjust the Mixer fader heights to allow for greater resolution when setting levels
    • Show/hide various areas to customize the Mixer size and configuration
    • Scroll through different Effects Rack inserts and sends within their respective areas
    • Scroll to view different groups of channels if the Mixer window isn’t wide enough to show them all
    • Differentiate among channel types via color coding
    • Rearrange the Mixer channel order

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