Monitoring

“Monitoring” is the process of hearing the prerecorded tracks (and/or hearing yourself) while the transport is playing. There are several options that control how Mixbus will monitor the inputs of each track.

The top of each channel in the mixer, when clicked, toggles between two views: signal path (inputs, outputs, monitoring, etc) and redirects (plugins, sends, inserts). Monitoring is controlled from the signal path view. When the signal path is showing, you’ll find selection buttons for “In”, and “Disk” at the top of each channel:

If the “In” button is selected as in the leftmost channel above, then the input to the track will be heard. If the “Disk” button is selected as in the second channel, then you will only hear the playback of the track. If neither button is selected, then Mixbus will use automatic monitoring to switch between In (as shown in the 3rd channel) and Disk (as shown in the 4th, rightmost channel). Automatic monitoring is represented with an outline around the currently-selected option.

Monitoring preferences

Mixbus has 2 global preferences that control automatic monitoring. You select the mode in Preferences->Signal Flow:

Automatic monitoring is also affected by the “Auto Input” mode, which is found in the Transport menu. “Auto Input” is enabled by default. When Auto-input is enabled, then Mixbus will monitor tracks any time that you are aren’t playing. This feature allows easier setup of your instrument, or communication among members of a band, because all the live mics are passed through to the master bus output so everyone can hear them.

Finally, there is an option to enable “Tape Machine Mode”. If “Tape Machine” mode is enabled, then Mixbus never monitors the input of an unarmed track; even if auto-input would normally cause it to monitor.

Monitoring Toolbar

In Preferences->Appearance->Toolbar, you can enable the “Monitoring Toolbar” which provides quick access to the Auto-Input toggle, as well as buttons to globally force all unassigned tracks to Input or Disk monitoring:

Mixbus Monitoring Modes Chart

The following chart shows how the monitoring interacts with various settings in Mixbus.

Monitor Mode Is The Track Rec Enabled? Is The Master Rec Enable On? Auto Input Status Transport Mode Meter Monitor
Normal No No On Stop Input Input
Normal No No Off Stop Track (silence) Track (silence)
Normal No No On Play Track (Audio) Track (Audio)
Normal No No Off Play Track (Audio) Track (Audio)
Normal No Yes On Stop Input Input
Normal No Yes Off Stop Track (silence) Track (silence)
Normal No Yes On Play Track (Audio) Track (Audio)
Normal No Yes Off Play Track (Audio) Track (Audio)
Normal Yes No On Stop Input Input
Normal Yes No Off Stop Input Input
Normal Yes No On Play Input Track (Audio)
Normal Yes No Off Play Input Input
Normal Yes Yes On Stop Input Input
Normal Yes Yes Off Stop Input Input
Normal Yes Yes On Play Input Input
Normal Yes Yes Off Play Input Input
Tape Machine No No On Stop Track (silence) Track (silence)
Tape Machine No No Off Stop Track (silence) Track (silence)
Tape Machine No No On Play Track (Audio) Track (Audio)
Tape Machine No No Off Play Track (Audio) Track (Audio)
Tape Machine No Yes On Stop Track (silence) Track (silence)
Tape Machine No Yes Off Stop Track (silence) Track (silence)
Tape Machine No Yes On Play Track (Audio) Track (Audio)
Tape Machine No Yes Off Play Track (Audio) Track (Audio)
Tape Machine Yes No On Stop Input Input
Tape Machine Yes No Off Stop Input Input
Tape Machine Yes No On Play Input Track (Audio)
Tape Machine Yes No Off Play Input Input
Tape Machine Yes Yes On Stop Input Input
Tape Machine Yes Yes Off Stop Input Input
Tape Machine Yes Yes On Play Input Input
Tape Machine Yes Yes Off Play Input Input

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