Orinj Working with auxiliary channels and the master channel

Orinj version 6.0.0

An auxiliary channel in Orinj is a group of tracks with its own volume, pan, and effects. During playback and mixing, Orinj:

  1. Applies the volume, pan, and effects of each track to that specific track.
  2. Combines the signals from all tracks in an auxiliary channel into a single signal.
  3. Applies the volume, pan, and effects of the auxiliary channel to that signal.
  4. Sends the result to the overall mix for playback or mixing.

Auxiliary channels are created by the user. There can be several or no auxiliary channels in a session.

The master channel is the overall mix. During playback and mixing, Orinj:

  1. Combines all tracks and auxiliary channels into a single signal.
  2. Applies the volume, pan, and effects of the master channel to that signal.
  3. Sends the signal for playback or places it in the overall mix.

Each session always has one and only one master channel.

Create groups of tracks or an auxiliary channel

In the multitrack session view:

  1. Click on Track, Groups / Aux Channels, and then on Groups / Aux Channels in the menu. You will see the following dialog.

Groups dialog

  1. Click on the Add button in the dialog. You will see a small dialog to give a name to your group. Give a name to your group and click OK in that small dialog. Any name will work (e.g., "Guitars").
  2. If you want use a color for your group, click on the Color button, choose a color, and click OK in the dialog with colors.

  • Colors are not required. If a track belongs to a group with a color, the color will show up in the track control panel to the left of the track. This may help you work with your session.
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  • If a track belongs to more than one group, all colors will be shown.
  1. If you want your group to be an auxiliary channel, click on the "Use as an aux channel" check.
  • Groups help to organize your tracks, but they do not automatically serve as auxiliary channels. Groups do not have volume, pan, and effects.
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  • When a group becomes an auxiliary channel, it gets its own volume, pan, and effects.
  1. At the bottom of the Groups dialog, you will see two lists – the tracks in the group (to the left) and the tracks not in the group (to the right). When you create a group or an auxiliary channel, the list on the left will contain no tracks (no tracks are assigned to the group) and the list on the right will contain all tracks.
  2. If you want to send a track to the auxiliary channel, select that track on the right and click on the Send button.
  • When you "send" a track, its signal is routed only to the auxiliary channel and cannot be routed elsewhere (e.g., to another auxiliary channel).
  1. If you want to copy a track to the auxiliary channel, select that track on the right and click on the Copy button.
  • When you "copy" a track, its signal is routed to the auxiliary channel, but can still be routed also elsewhere (e.g., to another auxiliary channel).
  1. If you want to remove a track from the auxiliary channel, select that track on the left and click on the Remove button.

When you are done creating groups and auxiliary channels, click on OK in the Groups dialog.

Order groups

Click on Track, then Groups / Aux Channels, and then on Order Groups in the menu. The tracks in your session will be reordered according to the groups to which they belong.

Change the controls of an auxiliary channel

Click on Track, then Groups / Aux Channels, and then on Aux Channel Controls. You will see the following dialog.

Aux channel control dialog

All auxiliary channels that you created will be listed on the left. To change the controls for an auxiliary channel, select it on the left. You can then change its volume, pan, and effects. You can add, modify, and remove effects, reorder effects, set the start and end time in the channel where effects apply, and change the dry and wet mix of effects. Close the dialog when you are done.

You can change auxiliary channel controls during playback and the Aux Channel Controls dialog allows you to both work with that dialog and with the session.

Change the controls of the master channel

Click on Track and then on Master Channel. You will see the following dialog.

Master channel control dialog

Change the volume, pan, and effects of the master channel and close the dialog, when you are done. You can change master channel controls during playback and work with these controls and the session at the same time.

Auxiliary channels and the master channel in the mix

See Orinj Mix order.

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