“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.
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 record-armed tracks any time that you are aren’t playing.
Finally, there is an option to enable “Auto Input does Talkback”. If “Auto Input does Talkback” mode is enabled, then Mixbus will monitor the input of an all tracks, even unarmed ones, during stop. In a multi-room setup, 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 themselves through the monitoring system (which might consist of foldback buses). This option only takes effect when Auto Input is enabled in the Transport menu.
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||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||Off||Stop||Track (silence)||Track (silence)|
|Normal||No||Yes||On||Play||Track (Audio)||Track (Audio)|
|Normal||No||Yes||Off||Play||Track (Audio)||Track (Audio)|
|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||Play||Input||Track (Audio)|