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Chapter 16. Automating a Mix > Non-Audio Channel Automation

Non-Audio Channel Automation

The examples in this chapter have focused on audio channels, and these will probably be the most commonly automated tracks in a mix. But remember that you can automate any track in the mixer. Here are the other types of automation that you might want to use in a mix:

  • MIDI channels are automated nearly identically to audio tracks. The only differences are the parameters that can be automated and the location of the automation subtracks under the MIDI tracks.

  • ReWire channels are automated exactly like audio channels. You can create automation for them using all of the same tools as for audio channels.

  • VST instrument channels are also automated like audio channels. One thing to remember when working with a VSTi, though, is that it's usually triggered by a MIDI channel. You can automate the level of a VSTi both by writing automation on the MIDI channel that triggers it and by writing automation on the VSTi output. This can sometimes create some confusion because the same result can come from two different places. You could change the volume of a VSTi, for example, by automating the fader for the VSTi output or by automating the fader on the MIDI channel that triggers the VSTi.

  • Group channels use all of the same tools and parameters as audio tracks.


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