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Pro-Mix accessory

This Anvil Studio accessory allows you to:
  • load any number of 3rd-party VST effects and VST-Instrument (software synthesizers).
  • Use up to 4 Auxiliary Audio Busses to create Surround Sound songs.
  • connect each Instrument track to a different VST-Instrument,
  • connect each Instrument track to a different MIDI Out port, so a single song can be played on several synthesizers,
  • use the low-latency ASIO drivers that came with your soundcard or USB audio adapter, or ASIO4ALL which works with all soundcards.
  • gradually decrease the volume of a track at the end of a song, creating the effect of a moving fader for fade-in or fade-out.
  • edit the values of any MIDI controllers such as Modulation, Tempo, Pan position, Sustain, and Volume over time.
  • edit an audio track's Pan position and Volume over time.
  • edit values of VST parameters over time,
  • use Automation to capture the position of faders and VST dials as you play / mix the song, and then use those changes every time the song is played.
  • use the ReWire standard for transferring audio data between Anvil Studio and other programs in real time. ReWire acts like a cable that streams audio from one program into another.
  • see a graphical view of your MIDI setup,
  • create your own Patch Libraries that describe your synthesizer's patch names, controller names, and drum names.
  • load Instrument Definition (.INS) files that describe your synthesizer's patch names, controller names, and drum names.
  • Add any number of routing commands that cause MIDI events received from any MIDI In port to get routed to any MIDI Out port or VST-Instrument port. This can be useful during either a recording session or live performance.
  • For example, you could use the Pro-Mix accessory to:
  • Edit a song's tempo map. This lets you add expression to your song by causing different passages to play back at different tempos.
  • gradually increase the volume of a track at the start of a song, creating the effect of moving faders,
  • gradually decrease the volume of a track at the end of a song,
  • gradually shift the Panpot (left-to-right stereo balance) of a MIDI or Audio track.
  • control modulation effects for over a MIDI guitar track,
  • All changes made with this accessory are non-destructive, that is, they do not modify the original sound. This means you can experiment, and then get back to the original sound if you don't like the change.

    This accessory adds the following to Anvil Studio's user interface:
  • View / Mixer Automation menu,
  • View / Track Automation menu,
  • MIDI Effects note properties popup menu.
  • The Auto Play, Auto Write, Auto Touch, and Auto Latch dropdown.
  • Auxiliary busses.
  • You can use this screen to adjust faders, VST parameters, and other audio and MIDI parameters automatically while a song is playing, just like using mixing console that remembers your changes. Change the Auto Play field near the top of the screen to one of these values:
  • Auto Off   -   plays the song without using any saved control values, so you can hear how the song sounds in its raw form.
  • Auto Play   -   plays the song using saved automation values.
  • Auto Write   -   records all changes to controller sliders and dials while playing the song. When the song stops in this mode, it automatically changes to Auto Touch mode so you will not accidentally overwrite existing saved data.
  • Auto Touch   -   is the same as Auto Write mode, but it starts recording changes to parameters as soon as the mouse button goes down on a control, and stops recording the values as soon as the mouse button is released.
  • Auto Latch   -   is the same as Auto Touch mode, but once it starts recording controller changes, it continues to until the song is stopped.
  • The Mixer Automation menu shows the Mixer Automation screen, as shown in the sample screen below. Use this screen to edit up to 6 MIDI or Audio controls over time. For example, you can edit the Volume for 6 different tracks, or you could edit the volume and Pan for 3 different tracks.



    For Audio tracks, the controllers you can edit are Volume and Pan (left-to-right balance).
    For Instrument and Rhythm tracks, you can edit the value of any MIDI controller supported by your Synthesizer, Sound Module, or Sound Card, including: Modulation, Breath, DX7 After Touch, Foot, Portamento Time, Data Slider, Channel Volume, Balance, Panpot, Expression, Sustain, Portamento On/Off, Sostenuto, Soft Pedal, Legato, Hold2, Harmonic Content, Release Time, Attack Time, Brightness, Portamento, Tremolo Depth, Chorus Depth, Detune Depth, Phaser Depth.

    You alter the value of the control by dragging the mouse over the window, using either the free-form pencil tool, or the straight-line tool. You can see the entire song at the same time, or use the zoom control for high-resolution editing.



    The accessory also adds a controller window to the Composer screen, allowing you to edit one sound effect over time while viewing a single track's notes or audio wave, as shown in the following sample screen.




    The accessory also adds the MIDI Effects... to the Note Properties pop-up menu. When selected, it lets you edit MIDI Controller values for the duration of a single note, as in the following example:





    The accessory also lets Anvil Studio act as a ReWire master. In the picture below, Anvil Studio collaborates with Reason to mix a song.





    The accessory also lets you add any number of routing commands that cause MIDI events received from any MIDI In port to get routed to any MIDI Out port or VST-Instrument port. This can be useful during either a recording session or live performance.





    This accessory also manages connections to your MIDI devices. It allows you to:
  • Access multiple MIDI Out ports and Patch Bays, giving access to far more than 16 MIDI output channels (note that to access more than 16 MIDI channels also requires that your computer's sound cards(s) have more than one MIDI Out port),
  • View a graphical image of your MIDI setup,
  • Forget about channel assignments and instrument patch numbers,
  • Create new Patch Libraries by importing Cakewalk .INS (Instrument Definition) files, widely available on the Web,
  • Load and save Patch Libraries for a variety of supported synthesizers,
  • Load and save Patch Controllers for a variety of supported synthesizers,
  • Load Sound Font (.SF2) files into your SoundFont-compatible SoundCard and access the loaded instrument patches by name.

    A Patch is the information a particular synthesizer needs to sound like a particular musical instrument. Using an orchestra as an analogy, a patch is the same as an instrument.

    A Bank is a set of patches that can be held in a synthesizer's memory at one time. Different synthesizers can hold different numbers of patches at one time. Some synthesizers have only one bank with a fixed set of patches that can never be changed. Others allow new banks and patches to be created. Using an orchestra as an analogy, a bank is the same as the set of all instruments used by the orchestra.

    A Patch Library is a file that contains a set of factory preset Banks and Patches for one of your synthesizers, including:
  • Bank and Patch names,
  • Controller names
  • Comments you would like to remember about particular patches,
  • Which Patches or Channels your synthesizer uses for Drum sounds,
  • Names of Drum Notes, used when creating Rhythm Tracks
  • A Patch Library does not add sounds to your soundcard. It only tells Anvil Studio what sounds are already built into your soundcard or external MIDI synthesizer.
    If you have a SoundBlaster Live soundcard, SoundFont files can be used to add sounds to your soundcard.

    The following is a sample of an Anvil Studio screen included with this accessory.





    Patch Libraries

    An Anvil Studio Patch Library allows you to assign tracks to factory preset patches that your synthesizer is able to play. The standard version of Anvil Studio ships with a General MIDI Patch Library that describes patch names and Drum Notes for synthesizers that conform to the General MIDI standard. Patch libraries are also available for many synthesizers. To find out if we have a patch library for your synthesizer, please email us. In your email, please include the manufacturer and model name/number of your synthesizer or sound module. We will notify you by email when an Anvil Studio Patch Library for it becomes available.

    When you order the MIDI Setup accessory, you can receive a free copy of a Patch Library by indicating the name of the Patch Library you would like in the Comments field of the order form.

    This accessory also allows you to create your own Patch Libraries as shown below:






    You can buy and download the Pro-Mix accessory for $29 by pressing the Order Accessories button, or as part of Anvil Studio's Accessory Combo Pack or as part of Anvil Studio Works.

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