This article gives an overview of the modules in the modular mixer.
Please note that the number of inputs and outputs listed below is only the main audio i/os. Some devices may contain special audio, midi, modulation i/os that are not listed in this general presentation.
Version 1.08 totals 52 modules... view pdf
1. MASTER BUS
- The master bus is the last component of the mixing network. It contains all auxiliary effects, groups and main mix output (master).
- Mix5, Mix7: 5 or 7 channel mixer, 1 wave input, 3 rec inputs, 1 rec output, 8 individual outputs.
|Stems are the core of the system. That's were you really mix.
Stems contain mainly levels (channel levels, Bus Sends) as well as mute and solo functions.
Stems include various features to allow advanced midi CC controlling, as well as features to help organizing your project so it integrates in your workflow as if it was any other "classic" mixer.
Stems are always stereo. This is because even mono channels have stereo outputs after the "pan" parameter. Therefore, mono channels are stereo and so stems only need stereo inputs.
The "Stem" folder is one of the most crowded of the Modular Mixer.
Channels are connected before the "stems" and allow to use effects and filters for individual channels.
Channels are what allow to customize your mixer, depending on your hardware equipment and asio channel needs, and so come in various version of 16, 12, 8 and 4 channels. They also have various combinations of mono and stereo channels.
For example, a mono hybrid channel (MH) is the same as an M channel, except for the last insert in the chain, which is stereo. So the "hybridation from mono to stereo" doesn't concern the inputs, or the entirety of the channel, but only its last insert and outputs.
However: the lettering has not always been kept in the device name. This is because, in the course of building, I realized some channels were the same as other version and did not need an H in the name.
4. MERGER Y
Mergers allow to merge two stem together, in order to feed a single Master Bus. The name "Y" shows 2 streams merged into one, and it also allows to have a very thin device that will not take a lot of space in your project window.
With mergers , you can load any number of stems, and merge them to a single master bus. The limit is of course, the DSP ressources available in your setup.
Y are not only mergers: they are mergers which are designed to leave your project window clean in terms of cabling, allowing to have only horizontal cables instead of spagetti style routing, which is annoying for the operator (that's you). The aspect of "clean routing" is one of the major "hidden" aspect of the modular mixer, as it was a central preoccupattion of the design team (that's me) .
Y contain "fake" pads that are used to create space between the "true" pads of the modules. These spaces are what is needed to have horizontal cabling.
- Y 24-24: allows to connect 2 stem 247 modules (48 channels).
- Y 24-16: allows to connect a stem 247 and a stem 167 together (40 channels)
- Y 16-16 allows to connect 2 stem 167 modules (32 channels)
You can also use an Y to merge two other Y devices, but no specific module has been designed for that purpose, I mean, there is no stem with the exact number of fake pads to allow clean cabling of 2 merged Y, eventhough the 24-24 is probably the one to be used.
The absence of such module, for the moment, is justified by the fact that , not having an xite-1, i cannot test more than 48 channels at once...Moreover, I find it hard to imagine that any users would actually need to go over 48 channels in Scope (which is a mixer added to your DAW mixer). But users with Xite-1 and high needs in channel counts will tell me if they really need this module.
Mergers Y have no surface panel, as there is no parameter to modify : if saturation happens in Mergers, then you would use the "Trim" of the stems, to lower the output volumes of Stems.
Sidechainers are devices that allow various automatic works on levels They were actually called "Gate Pumps" and have been renamed as "Sidechainers" to make it easier for users to grasp the number of application avalaible through those Sidechainers: sidechainers can do level works by using two type of algorytm: CG (compressing gates) and "Exp." (expander). Grossly speaking, it adds or remove gain of the sound source in consideration to a modulator which can be another channel or another independant source.
Sidechainers are not integrated into devices for one simple reason: sidechainers could be put in various section of the modular mixer, pre or post, or even only for busses, or may be just a few channels and just a few busses. So integrating sidechain inside modules would have made bigger modules with less possibilities.
Another reason is to be able to chain sidechainers. Why not add a sidechained after another one and create another typoe of level modulation.. by keeping them "standalone" the sidechainers can be added, chained, modified etc, without having to touch any other component of the mixing network, and allow you to use just the modules you need instead of having one huge sidechainer stuck inside a device.
Sidechainer, for the moment, are only stereo. As they were designed as gaters in the first place, they could only be stereo, because a spacef gater is always a stereo one: it allows to take a big string-pad and create a stereo bass with it... this is like the "minimum" required to be a gater at spacef-devices.... :-)
A sidechain "channel" is simply a "pass through" circuit (kind of "true bypass" for non-electrical poxered devices :-) ) coupled with level modulation (I have used the "G.Mod" of multisynth due to its capacity to treat all extremes (ie from gates to exapnder) as well as being very precise and flexible for gate creation.
The labelling of Sidechainers is a bit like the one of stem. For example, a SC 242 device has 24 inputs and 2 modulators. A 162 would be 16 inputs and 2 modulators.
The modular mixer comes with a few tools to unleash some hidden power. You will find information about them in updates' release notes.
- Check the other modules gallery
- Definitive Sidechaining technics
- Using the Modulation Mod's Inputs
- Core vs not Core ?
- Control more than 119 parameters
- How to use the RS pad ?
- Using MF12-S in Modular Mixer
- Mastering Modular Mixer SideChainers
- Group Channels
- Crossfading effects in MB7
- Connections Tutorial
- Sidechaining in Modular Mixer
- Types of Channels
- DSP Management
- Stems - Toolbar and Channels
- List of components