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Chapter 6. ReMix -- Close Up > Meet the reMix Mixer - Pg. 128

Likewise, the Mute button is also important in both the songwriting and mixing stage. A Mute button can be used creatively in many ways, such as with automation (see the following tip), but it is also useful when you want to take a particular instrument out of a mix, so that you can hear the rest of the ensemble. CREATIVITY AT WORK Although the Mute and Solo buttons might not look it, they can help to create a very interesting mix through the art of automation. Check out Chapter 15, "Automation," which covers automation in depth. Furthermore, if you want to see some cool automation at work, be sure to review the other Reason demo songs that come with Reason 2.5. Panning Panning is a mixer function that allows you to assign a channel's audio signal to a particular position in the stereo field--whether hard left, hard right, or anywhere in between. When used creatively, panning can help bring out separate voices and elements that would otherwise be buried behind the heavy thump of the drum and bass. Notice that in the Tutorial Song, the Dr:rex channel is panned slightly to the left (see Figure 6.15). Solo the Dr:rex track so you can hear the REX file by itself. If you click and hold the Pan knob, you can drag upward to send the Dr:rex track to the center of the mix, which is at the twelve o'clock position in reMix. Notice how the Master Level displays a balanced signal between the left and right channels. Now click on the Solo button again (to release it) and try moving the Pan knob to the hard right and hard left positions. Listen to how it sounds in a full mix. Notice how heavy the REX track sounds when panned hard left or right. Propellerhead probably had it correctly panned from the start, but it never hurts to experiment or be creative with your panning. Figure 6.15 Dr:rex is panned slightly to the left in the Tutorial Song.