You mix your project in the Mixer. All tracks, busses, and submixes (as well as the Master bus) have channel strips in the Mixer with volume controls, mute and solo buttons, slots for adding effects, and other controls. You can view the levels for tracks, busses, submixes, and the Master bus using level meters in their channel strips. You can also record audio and automate volume and pan changes in the Mixer.

Figure. Mixer showing Mixer controls and channel strips.
Mixer Controls

The Mixer controls are located at the top of the Mixer window.

  • Channel strips: Each track, bus, and submix has a channel strip with controls and level meters.
Channel Strip Controls

Each channel strip includes the following controls:

Figure. Channel strip detail showing color label, name, Icon, effects slots, panning controls, solo button, mute button, arm for recording button, and bypass effects button.
Figure. Channel strip detail showing Volume fader, Level meters with peak indicator, Volume value slider, and Submix pop-up menu.
  • Color label: Indicates the track color, which is applied to any clips on the track (unless you choose to override the color for individual clips).
  • Name field: You can type a new name for the channel strip.
  • Icon: Icons let you visually distinguish channel strips in the Mixer. Double-click an icon to change it.
  • Effects slots: Show the effects and sends for the channel strip, and let you add effects and sends.
  • Panning controls: Set the pan position of a track or bus. In surround mode, drag anywhere inside the black circle to position the puck. In stereo mode, drag the pan slider left or right or change the value in the value slider. You can automate pan changes by setting the appropriate automation mode for the project. These appear in track and bus channel strips only, not in submix channel strips.
  • Volume fader and value slider: Set the channel strip’s volume level by dragging the fader or changing the value in the value slider. You can automate volume changes by dragging the slider with the project set to the appropriate automation mode.
  • Level meters with peak indicator: Show the volume level of the channel strip in real time as the project plays. The peak indicator shows the highest level played and changes color to indicate that clipping has occurred.
  • Arm for Recording button: Click to enable the track for recording. When you click a track’s Arm for Recording button, the Recording tab appears, showing the track’s current recording settings. The button appears in track channel strips only, not in bus or submix channel strips.
  • Mute button: Click to mute (or unmute) the channel strip.
  • Solo button: Click to solo (or unsolo) the channel strip.