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Mixing ► External Insert plug-in

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L (Left). This toggle enables/disables the left channel send output (enabled by default).
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R (Right). This toggle enables/disables the right channel send output (enabled by default).
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Mono. This toggle sums the stereo signal to make it dual-mono so the send output has the same audio on the left and right channels.
Send Level. This is a +/- 24 dB trim to the level that is passed to the external send. This parameter is automatable.
Send VU Meter. This meter shows the signal level being delivered to the external send. Since this is feeding a sound card output, it is important to avoid clipping at this stage.
Send Port Picker. This control lets you choose an audio output that currently has nothing routed to it. This is the port that you should connect to the input(s) of your external gear. All output ports that are already used in the project are excluded (except for master buses that have other instances of the External Insert plug-in routed to them).
Return Phase Control. This control flips the phase of the signal being returned to the external return input. This parameter is automatable.
Return Level. This is a +/- 24 dB trim to the level that is passed from the external send. This parameter is automatable.
Return VU Meter. This meter shows the signal level entering the external return.
Return Port Picker. This control lets you choose any available hardware input. This is the port you that you should connect to the output(s) of your external gear. All input ports that are already used in the project are excluded
Delay Measurement. This control shows the last measured round-trip delay through your audio hardware. Click the control to initiate a new measurement.
Manual Delay Offset. The center control displays and resets the manual delay offset. The buttons to the left decrease the manual offset by 1 or 10 samples. The buttons to the right increase the manual offset by 1 or 10 samples. All delay buttons are disabled during playback.
Note 2: The delay is automatically re-measured if the Buffer Size setting is changed in Edit > Preferences > Audio - Driver Settings or if ports are changed.
Figure 981. External Insert.
A. Send Stereo Mode (Left, Right, Mono) B. Send Level C. Send VU Meter D. Send Port E. Return Phase F. Return Level G. Return VU Meter H. Return Port I. Delay Measurement J. Send section K. Return section
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Right-click an FX Rack and select Insert External Insert from the pop-up menu.
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Click the Send Port control and choose the audio port that is connected to your external gear’s audio input.
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Click the Return Port control and choose the audio port that is connected to your external gear’s audio output.
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Click the Delay Measurement control to measure the round-trip delay through your audio hardware.
Tip: The Send and Return levels, Phase and I/O port settings can be saved as a preset. If you frequently use a specific external effect, save the settings as a preset that can be quickly recalled in other projects.
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Use the Track view Tracks > Duplicate Track(s) command to clone the track (including the audio) to a new track.
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Assign the Send and Return to any available input and output on your audio hardware.
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Press Play in Cakewalk.
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In the Track Inspector or Console view, click the Phase button on one of the tracks to invert the phase.
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In the External Insert plug-in, click the Delay Measurement control to measure the round-trip delay through your audio hardware.
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Press Play in Cakewalk again.
When bouncing audio data, Cakewalk will automatically detect the presence of any External Insert plug-ins (see External Insert plug-in) in tracks or buses, and disallow the bounce operation if the Fast Bounce mix option is enabled.
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Disable Fast Bounce in the mixdown settings.
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