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0.4:FX Mixer

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The FX-Mixer, as its name implies, is a tool for making final edits to your song and its individual elements by adding Effects.


The fxmix.jpg is the FX-Mixer show/hide toggle button.

FX-Mixer window.
FX-Mixer window.
  • The FX-Mixer has 4 racks: A, B, C, and D, each with 16 channels, numbered 1 thru 64 and named FX1 thru FX64. You cannot change the FX-channel numbers, but you can rename an FX-channel by double-clicking on its name.
  • Each FX-channel has separate left and right (stereo) volume indicators located on each side of the fader slider control, but the left and right volume cannot be controlled independently by the fader--it controls both simultaneously. To change the volume of an FX-channel, drag its fader up and down with the mouse.
  • Each FX-channel also has a Mute/Unmute LED toggle switch below its name.
  • An FX-channel can be selected by clicking on the its name--the name will turn from white to green, and only one FX-channel can be selected at any time. When an FX-channel is selected, the Effects Chain for that FX-channel will display in the Effects Chain box at the far right end of the window.

Master FX-channel

Master FX-channel.
Master FX-channel.

By default, all instruments have their "FX CHNL" initially set to channel zero which is the "Master" channel at the far left end of the FX-Mixer window. The Master channel controls the overall volume of all the combined instruments and FX-channels. Also, it can function as FX-channel zero (FX0) which allows you to apply 1 or more effects to the master output (i.e. everything combined).

Add Effects to FX-channels

To add an effect to an FX-channel, select the FX-channel (i.e. click on its name), then click the Add effect button below the Effects Chain box (see image). This will open a dialog box where you can select one effect from the list of all available effect plugins. You can add another effect by clicking the Add effect button again--you can only add effects one at a time. You will get a "Controls" dialog individualized for the particular effect plugin you just added--here you can edit the effect plugin's configuration. Notice that the effect plugin has been added as an entry at the bottom of the stack in the Effects Chain box. Each effect's entry has a standard set of visible controls:

  • On/Off LED toggle switch (yellow)
  • Knobs for W/D, Decay, and Gate (these are explained here)
  • a Controls button that is a show/hide toggle for the effect plugin's configuration dialog

A right-click context menu allows you to:

  • remove the effect's entry from the Effects Chain box
  • move the effect's entry up or down in the stacking order

Also notice that the Effects Chain box itself has an On/Off LED toggle (green) that turns off all the effects on that FX-channel only.

Effects chain.
Effects chain.

Assign Instruments to FX-channels

FX-channel assignment.
FX-channel assignment.

To assign an instrument to an FX-channel, click on its name in either the Song-Editor or Beat+Bassline Editor, depending on where it is located. In the instrument settings window, set the FX CHNL to the FX-channel you want by:

  • hovering your mouse over the digital readout number and scrolling the mouse wheel, or
  • dragging your mouse vertically on the digital readout number.

A double-click on the digital readout number will change the selected FX-channel in the FX-Mixer window to the FX-channel with that number. The right-click context menu for the digital readout number has Reset, Copy, and Paste followed by a number in parentheses. The number in parentheses is the number that it will be reset to, or will be copied to the clipboard, or will be pasted, respectively. Multiple instruments can be assigned to a single FX-channel in order to get the same effect on each instrument (e.g. an equalizer).


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