Presets are a way to store property page settings so that you can recall the exact same group of settings again in the future. Effects and soft synths use presets, and so do some other functions you’ll find in certain dialogs.You manage presets with the Presets section that appears at the top of a plug-in property page, and the buttons next to the Presets box.A. Presets menu displays the name of the current preset B. Previous/Next Preset buttons C. Save Preset button D. Delete Preset button E. The VST button preset controls appear only on VST plug-ins F. ACT Learn button G. Open view H. Solo button I. Automation read and write buttons J. Send all keystrokes to this plug-in button K. Pin plug-in windowThe Presets menu displays presets in the following order:
Most Recently Used presets. These appear at the top of the Presets menu, up to 8 in number, and followed by a horizontal line to separate this section from the next section of the menu.
VST factory presets. Any VST factory presets appear below the Most Recently Used section, and are also followed by a horizontal separator line.
Cakewalk and user presets. These appear at the bottom of the Presets menu.
The Presets window also has a feature called Preset Dirty Flags. A Preset Dirty Flag is an asterisk that appears next to the name of the preset. The asterisk tells you that you changed and saved this particular preset in another project, and the settings in the current project are different from the saved version. If you re-save the preset in the current project with the current settings, the asterisk disappears, but will reappear in the other project, showing you that the displayed settings in that project are different from the last saved version of the preset. If you want to get rid of the asterisk in all projects, save the preset in each project with the exact same settings.
Open View button. This button lets you open a MIDI editing view for a soft synth’s corresponding MIDI track. Click the small down arrow to specify the default editing view from the menu. The following views are available:
Keystrokes button . Enabling this button sends all keystrokes to a particular instance of a plug-in when the plug-in’s property page has focus.
Pin Plug-In Window . This button lets you pin individual plug-in windows so they remain open when you open another plug-in window. If you prefer to always open a separate window for each plug-in, go to Edit > Preferences > File - VST Settings and clear the Recycle Plug-In Windows check box.
If Recycle Plug-In Windows is enabled when you hold down the CTRL key to open a plug-in, all other open plug-in widows also become pinned.
If Recycle Plug-In Windows is disabled when you hold down the CTRL key to open a plug-in, all other open plug-in widows close, and the new plug-in window is unpinned.
Note: Plug-ins that are docked in the MultiDock are not affected by the Recycle Plug-In Windows setting. Docked plug-ins are automatically pinned and cannot be unpinned. To dock a plug-in window, hold down the CTRL key and drag the window to the MultiDock.
When tweaking an effect, it is often desirable to only hear the audio that is passing through the effect.A Solo button is available on all plug-in property pages, which allows you to quickly solo the track or bus that the effect is inserted on while adjusting the plug-in. The Solo button functions the exact same way as the Solo button on the source track/bus.Figure 441. A Solo button is available on each plug-in property page.A. Solo button
Note: If you solo a software instrument in the Synth Rack, the Solo button will also affect all associated MIDI and audio tracks.
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