Mini Mixer

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The Mini Mixer allows you to add any combination of often-used mixer channels to an additional panel which is always visible at the right side of the mixer when the Mini Mixer button at the top-right of the mixer is activated.

This can be useful for viewing certain channels regardless of the current scroll position in the mixer, or whether the required Drum or Ambient Mix channel is expanded.

Any channel(s) can be added to the Mini Mixer using the channel context menu - simply right-click on any channel and use the Add Chan to Mini Mixer function.

Once the required channels have been added, click the Mini Mixer button. Click and drag left/right on the border between the Mini Mixer and the rest of the mixer to adjust the space devoted to each.

 

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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.

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Drum sub-menu

This sub-menu, available only on Drum channels, offers the same functions as the slot context menu in the Kit display.

Load channel preset

This function brings up a system file load dialog which allows you to load a previously saved channel strip preset. Any applicable settings are loaded – if the preset contains settings that are inappropriate for the destination channel, they are ignored.

Save channel preset

Using this function, you can save the contents of a channel strip to a preset for future use via a system file save dialog box.

Copy channel

This function copies the settings of the channel strip to the clipboard.

Paste channel

This function pastes the channel strip settings stored in the clipboard to the current channel. Any applicable settings are applied – if the clipboard preset contains settings that are inappropriate for the destination channel, they are ignored.

Paste channel effects

This function pastes only the effects stored the clipboard without pasting any other channel strip settings.

Reset channel

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.

Remove channel

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.