Peak Level Indicator: When the input meter goes up (the green stuff) it measures the highest number that it reaches. The peak is the top of the signal level for the most recent recording played on this track. If you click the number, it resets to zero so you can get a new peak measurement. Target range should be somewhere around -10dB to -12dB.
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Track Pan: Working with a stereo signal? Maybe you just need to send the signal to one side or the other? Track pan shifts the signal from left to center to right, etc.
Track Activator: This is your mute button for the track. When the track’s monitoring selector is set to either Auto or Off, this will either be yellow (active) or gray (disabled.) Colors may be dependent upon your theme settings in preferences. If the monitor selector is set to “IN” this will be a different color (usually blue) when activated. If this button is off, nothing gets through.
Cue/Solo: The “S” indicates that this button will enable “solo” mode. If you click this button, this track will be the ONLY active track. More than one track can be set to solo at the same time if you need to audition two or three tracks together. Changing the Master track’s Cue/Solo button to “Cue” changes this button’s behavior, rerouting the output to the Cue Out audio channel settings in the master track. Use this to listen to what’s coming through this track on separate outputs so you don’t affect your main output.
Arm Session Recording: The red button with the dot, when enabled, indicates that any input to this track will be recorded when you press record on the main transport. Holding CMD or CTRL will allow you to record on more than one track at the same time.
1 | Track Volume: The little triangle is what you can drag up and down to control the output of the signal being processed in a track.
2 | Target Input Level: Watch the level of input (the green stuff) as the signal input bounces the meter up and down. A good starting point for the mix level will have the upper and lower limits of that signal bouncing somewhere around -10dB to -12dB. Remember, those are negative numbers. If your input source is too hot, you’ll risk distortion. Keeping your meter level around -10dB to -12dB will give you enough margin for error before hitting 0 (zero) in the event that a vocalist belts out a high note when you weren’t expecting it.
3 | Input Meter: This is where you’ll see evidence of input and you’ll know you’re receiving a signal. If the input isn’t colored, and appears grayscale, then you’re getting a signal, but the gray color indicates that the signal isn’t being routed to either the Cue Out or Master Out. This will happen if the Monitor selector on the track is set to “Off.”
4 | The Little Green Line: This line bounces around at the top end of the frequency spectrum and lands for a moment at the most recent peak signal measurement.
5 | The green bars: This is what you see when you have a signal on that track. Try to keep this somewhere between -12dB and -10dB to give you enough head room and ensure you have enough signal to record or mix.