Buses are useful for mixing together different audio tracks (in stereo) and applying effects to the mix. You can mix the tracks at different volume levels by adjusting each track’s bus send level. Buses output to either other buses or to a main out.
Surround buses are useful for mixing and adding effects to create a surround mix. For details, see Surround Mixing.
1. Open the Console view (Views > Console View) or the Track Inspector (Views > Inspector).
2. If you want to add effects to the bus, right-click in the FX Rack of a bus (if it is not in use already) and choose an effect from the effects pop-up menu. (If you are working in the Track view, you may first need to display the Bus pane by clicking the Show/Hide Bus Pane button located at the bottom of the Track view.)
Drag the Bus Send Level control for the bus to the approximate level you want.
Drag the Bus Send Pan to the approximate setting you want.
Click the Bus Enable button for the appropriate bus.
7. In the bus, adjust the Input Gain and Output Volume controls to the approximate level you want.
8. In the bus, drag the Input Pan and Output Pan controls to the approximate positions you want.
9. Play your tracks and adjust the Send Level controls, the Pan controls, etc.Each bus has a Mute button and a Solo button. These controls act like the Mute and Solo buttons in a track, but they affect all the signal routed through the bus.
2. Click the Mute or Solo button in the bus you want to mute or solo.As with tracks, buses can be selected in both the Track View and the Console View. The current selection can contain a mixture of tracks and buses.Bus selection is useful if you want to cut/copy/paste automation data in a bus, or delete multiple buses.Track selection controls are labeled with track numbers, while bus selection controls are labeled with letters (A-Z, AA-AZ, etc.).Figure 434. Bus selection control.A. Bus letter
You can quickly select all tracks and buses that are routed to a specific bus (via outputs or sends). To do so, hold down the ALT key and click the bus’ Select control in the Track view or Console view.
Enable the bus’ Waveform Preview button . This displays the waveform of the audio that is flowing through the bus.
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