The black box near the top of each channel strip, mix bus, and master bus is the “redirect box”. Mixbus uses the term “redirect” for the items that can be inserted into a channel strip: plug-ins, sends, and inserts. In the image below, the track on the left has the “XT-BC Bass Character” plug-in, the track on the right has an insert and a send. The XT-BC Bass Character plug-in and the send are pre-fader (because they are above the fader entry) while the insert is post-fader. The signal flow of Mixbus is very flexible: you can order sends, inserts, plug-ins and the fader arbitrarily simply by click and dragging up or down (note: the XT-BC plug-in shown is for display purposes and may not be included in your purchase of Mixbus).
Plug-in Control Sliders
Below each plug-in, you may add one or more “Plug-in Control Sliders.” Each Slider controls a single control parameter for the plug-in it is under. You may show or hide plug-in control sliders by right-clicking on a plug-in and selecting “Controls.” In the above image the “XT-BC” plug-in has control sliders shown for “Body – Freq” and “Clarity -In.”
The Redirect Menu
Right-clicking in a redirect box will launch the redirect menu. These choices are available in the menu:
- New Plug-in>
- Favorites: a list of favorite plug-ins, pre-selected from the Plug-in Manager (more here).
- Plug-in Manager: launch the Plug-in Manager (more here).
- By Creator: a list of plug-ins, sorted by their creator.
- By Category: a list of plug-ins, sorted by type (note: this is only useful for plug-in formats that support this).
- New Insert: create a new Insert (Send and Return).
- New External Send: calls up routing matrix
- New Aux Send: create a new Send.
- Controls: Allows the addition of one or more “Plug-in Control Sliders” to be displayed.
- Clear (all): Remove all redirects from this track/bus.
- Clear (pre-fader): Remove all redirects from this track/bus pre-fader.
- Clear (post-fader): Remove all redirects from this track/bus post-fader.
- Cut/Copy/Paste/: Cut/Copy/Paste/ the selected redirect.
- Delete: delete the selected redirect (you can also shift-left-click any redirect to delete it).
- Rename: Rename the redirect (yes … even inserts and sends)
- Select All: Selects all redirects
- Deselect All: Deselects all redirects
- Activate/Deactivate All: Activate/deactivate all redirects on this track/bus.
- Pin Connections: Click here for details.
- Edit: Pop open the editor for the selected redirect (you can also double-click on any redirect to edit it).
- Edit with generic controls
Redirect Box Signal Routing
Within the redirect box, and in between the plug-ins, are a series of green and/or red dots called “pips” that represents the signal routing between plug-ins.
Mono audio = one green pip: In the image above the channel strip on the is a mono audio track. A single green pip representing one channel of audio is routed to the EQ, then to the compressor, and on to the fader.
Stereo audio = two green pips: In the image above the channel strip in the is a stereo audio track. Two green pips representing two channels of audio is routed to the EQ, then to the compressor, and on to the fader.
MIDI data = red pip(s): In the image above the channel strip on the is a MIDI track. One red pip representing MIDI data is entering the MIDI plug-in. The MIDI plug-in then generates audio based on that data. In this example the audio is stereo as can be seen by two green pips passing to the EQ, on to the compressor, and then to the fader. MIDI data is also passing thru the MIDI plug-in. The EQ, compressor, and fader are not processing this MIDI data, just passing it thru.