What is signal flow?

“Signal Flow” is the path that audio follows through an electronic system of wires, and/or its equivalent inside your computer. The “signal flow” of a recording starts with the performer, and ends with the listener. This incorporates the microphones, converters, computers, mixers, effects, amplifiers and speakers that make up the signal path. In this manual we refer to ‘signal flow’ of Mixbus itself. The signal flow starts with the A/D converter of your soundcard’s input, and proceeds to the D/A converter on the output. Mixbus’s signal flow consists of input tracks, mixer-strip processors, buses, and monitor stages that execute the various processes of recording, mixing, and exporting.

Mixbus’s signal flow

The Mixbus signal flow is modeled on an analog console.

Mixbus may have an unlimited number of mono and stereo channelstrips (Tracks). Each channelstrip may be assigned to any of the mixbuses, and/or directly to the master bus.

The “redirect” areas are represented by the black box at the top of the mixer strip. Sends, Inserts and Plugins are “redirects”, and they may be placed in any order, before or after the fader. If a redirect is above the fader, then it is considered a pre-fader redirect.

The signal flow through each plugin may be modified with Pin Connections.


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