M8 Docs   Racks

All audio and events that you generate in the Composer can be sent to Racks. Racks are an easy and flexible way of combining plug-ins and modules, see the detailed info on Racks.

The Mixing Desk shows all used racks in the Project Modular Area. Each rack can be shown in an expanded or collapsed version. This can be controlled by the little button at the top left of each rack. This button also has a context menu with extra functions.

Each rack can receive audio and events from any part in the composer, but can also receive audio and events from other racks! This is done by plugging in a "Send" from one rack to another, or by setting the output of a rack to another rack. For example: if you want to apply the same reverb on synth A (in Rack A) and synth B (in Rack B), then send the audio from the Rack A and Rack B to a common rack; then that common rack will process the audio from A and B thru its plugged in reverb.

Also see Using Insert And Send Effects.

More Info

  • At the top left of the mixer racks in the mixing desk, there is a little button that lets you collapse/expand the rack.
  • [Shift]+clicking this collapse/expand button will collapse/expand all racks.
  • Right-click this collapse/expand button for extra options, e.g. to control whether racks should automatically collapse/expand according to the focused module.
  • To make relations between tracks and racks more visual, you can color racks by drag-dropping a color from the Color Picker.
  • You can popup the mixing desk context menu by right-clicking the background of the mixing desk itself, thus at the very right of the mixing desk.
  • You can add a new rack via the button at the right of the right-most rack and via mixing desk's context menu -> "Add New Rack".
  • You can also drop rack and MUX presets and VST plug-ins on that button, which will create a new rack with that preset/plug-in loaded into slot 1.
  • Note that scrolling using the mouse-wheel is explicitly disabled for the vertical zone where the volume faders are. The reason for that is that if you would be scrolling and you would accidently hover a volume fader you would unintendedly change your mix. Disabling the mouse-wheel scrolling in the volume fader zone prevents that.
  • The mixing desk can be used in docked mode or in windowed mode. You can toggle between these modes via the mixing desk context menu -> "Switch To Docked/Windowed Mode".

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