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FX Chain presets can be used in track, clip and bus effects bins. One or many FX Chain containers can reside in a single effects bin, but you can not nest an FX Chain container inside other FX Chain containers.
A. FX Chain container in effects bin B. FX Chain property page
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Right-click an effects bin and select FX Chain on the pop-up menu.
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Drag audio plug-ins from the Browser’s Plug-in tab to an FX Chain to append to it. As you drag a plug-in over the container, it will open automatically, allowing you to drop in the plug-in at the desired position.
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Do one of the following:
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To edit an individual plug-in within an FX Chain property page, double-click the plug-in to open its property page.
Figure 266. FX Chain.
A. FX Chain container in effects bin B. FX Chain property page C. Right-click to add a new plug-in
Figure 267. FX Chain controls.
A. Effects Chain name (double-click to edit) B. Bypass Effects Chain C. Input level D. Input meter E. Scroll plug-in list left F. Click button to bypass/un-bypass plug-in G. List of effects in chain (double-click to open plug-in; drag to reorder) H. Assignable rotary (right-click to assign) I. Assignable button (right-click to assign) J. Scroll plug-in list right K. Output level L. Output meter
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FX Chain preset name. The name of the current FX Chain preset. Double-click to rename.
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Global bypass. Bypass all plug-ins in the FX Chain.
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Input level. Input level before the FX Chain. This parameter is automatable.
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Input level meter. Measures the pre-FX Chain level.
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Assignable rotaries. Up to 6 assignable rotaries allow you to control automatable plug-in parameters without having to open a plug-in's property page. For details, see Using assignable controls.
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Assignable buttons. Up to 6 assignable buttons allow you to control automatable plug-in parameters without having to open a plug-in's property page. For details, see Using assignable controls.
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Output level. Output level after the FX Chain, before next effect or FX Chain. This parameter is automatable.
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Output level meter. Measures the post-FX Chain level.
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List of plug-ins in FX Chain. List of all plug-ins that are inluded in the current FX Chain preset. The signal flows from left to right. Drag to reorder plug-ins, and right-click to add/remove plug-ins. You can bypass individual plug-ins by clicking the small bypass toggle to the left of the plug-in name.
Do one of the following:
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To save an effects bin as an FX Chain preset, right-click any blank space in the effects bin and choose Save as FX Chain Preset on the pop-up menu. Specify a preset name and location in the Save FX Chain Preset dialog box. All plug-ins in the effects bin are consolidated into a single new FX Chain.
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To save an FX Chain container as a new FX Chain preset, right-click the FX Chain container in an effects bin and choose Save as FX Chain Preset on the pop-up menu. Specify a preset name and location in the Save FX Chain Preset dialog box.
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Click the Browse Plug-ins button in the Browser, then drag the FX Chain container from the Track view to the Audio FX section in the Browser. The FX Chain is added to the FX Chain folder.
Note: FX Chain presets are stored as FX Chain Preset files (*.fxc). For track and bus effects bins, the default name for the FX Chain preset is the track/bus name. For clip effects bins, the default name is the clip name.
Do one of the following:
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Right-click an effects bin and choose Load FX Chain Preset on the pop-up menu. Select the desired FX Chain Preset file (*.fxc) in the Load FX Chain Preset dialog box and click Open.
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From the Plug-in tab of the Browser, under Audio, expand the FX Chain branch and drag the preset to an effects bin.
Note: You can automatically extract plug-ins when loading an FX Chain preset. To do so, hold down the SHIFT key while loading the preset. For more information about extracting plug-ins from an FX Chain container, see To extract plug-ins from an FX Chain container.
Caution: If you load a SONAR X2 project in an older version of SONAR, SONAR will report the FX Chain as a missing plug-in and the contents of the FX Chain will be unavailable. Resaving the project will permanently remove the FX Chain.
Do one of the following:
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To delete an individual plug-in within the FX Chain, double-click the FX Chain container to open the FX Chain bin, then select the plug-in and press the DELETE key.
Right-click the effects bin and choose Convert Bin to FX Chain on the pop-up menu.
Right click the FX Chain and choose Extract FX Chain Plugins on the pop-up menu.
To replace the effects bin content and automatically extract the plug-ins from the FX Chain preset, hold down ALT+SHIFT while you drag an FX Chain preset to an effects bin.
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Hold down the SHIFT key and drag the plug-in to the target FX Chain container. If closed, the target FX Chain container will open automatically when you point to it during the drag operation.
Effects in an FX Chain can be automated just like other effects in an effects bin. Parameter names for plug-ins that reside within an FX Chain container are listed in submenu's prefixed by the associated FX Chain name.
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In the Browser, click the PlugIn button to show the Plug-in Browser.
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Under Audio, expand the FX Chain branch.

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