Other mixer controls
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•The above example shows a Mini Mixer configuration of Overhead, Room, Amb3 and Master channels
Channel context menu
BFD3's mixer features a comprehensive system of managing channel settings, including loading and saving channel settings as presets. This is achieved by using the channel context menu.
This context menu is displayed by right-clicking anywhere on a channel (in Faders mode) or on the channel image in Effects/Sends/Tweaks modes.
Note that the channel context menu applies only to the channel on which it appears, regardless of whether multiple channels are currently selected. The exceptions are the Remove all unused channels and Auto-Assign outputs functions.
This function resets the channel’s parameters to their initialized state (default settings), although effects and sends are not affected.
Clear channel Effects
This function removes all devices from the channel's effect slots.
Clear channel sends
This function removes any send settings on the channel. It does not appear on the master channel’s context menu, as it does not possess any sends.
This function appears only when applicable. It allows you to remove aux channels and direct or ambience channels that are not being used by loaded kit-pieces or by bleed signals from other kit-pieces.
Remove all unused channels
Unlike the other functions on the channel context menu, Remove all unused channels does not apply only to the current channel. It removes all currently unused channels in the mixer – this includes direct and ambience channels that are not being used by loaded Drums or by bleed signals from other Drums, as well as aux channels that are not output or send destinations from any channels.
Auto-Assign outputs functions
These functions set the Output selector parameter for all channels simultaneously for 3 common routing scenarios. These functions can radically alter your mix configuration so please proceed with caution. You are prompted for confirmation before proceeding.
Auto-Assign outputs (Direct)
This function assigns the Output selector for all individual microphones to discrete outputs - this includes Drum mic/sub-mic channels and Ambient mic channels.
When this function is used, any existing Output selector assignments to Aux channels and 'parent' Mix channels (Kick/Snare/Ambient Mix channels) are lost.
This feature is designed to allow you to easily transmit all Drum and Ambient mic channels to your host/DAW for further mixing, processing or to bounce the signals as audio tracks.
Auto-Assign outputs (Mixdown)
This feature is intended to be used with Aux channel sub-mixes of Drums. It assigns the Output selector for all Aux channels and Mix channels (Kick/Snare/Ambient Mix channels) to discrete outputs.
This means that, for example, the default routing setup would be altered so that the Kick, Snare and Ambient Mix are set to discrete stereo outputs, with the Master channel containing all other Drums (and hard-wired to the first stereo output). The 2 Aux channels in the default mixer setup are also routed to discrete stereo outputs.
If Aux channel sub-mixes of the other Drums have been created (for example, if the Toms and Cymbals have each been mixed down to a single Aux channel), these Aux channels are also routed to discrete stereo outputs.
Auto-Assign outputs (Master)
This function assigns all channels to their default Output selector routing assignments, effectively sending all signals to the Master channel.
•Kick/Snare Drum sub-mics are routed to their parent Drum Mix channels
•Ambient mics are routed to the Ambient Mix channel
•Drum Mix, Ambient Mix and all other Drum and Aux channels are routed to the Master channel.
Auto-Assign outputs (WYSIWYG)
Standing for 'What You See Is What You Get', this function sequentially assigns the output of each direct channel to a mono output, and any Bus, Aux or Ambient mic channel to a stereo output.