Use buses to expand your mixing options
OBJECTIVE: Route tracks to buses to create submixes.
BACKGROUND: Buses are often used to route the audio from various channels to send effects, but they can also
serve as submix buses so the bus’s level control could, for example, raise or lower the level of multiple tracks simultaneously.
A default Acid Pro project routes all tracks to the master bus, so to create submixes, you need to assign
track outputs to buses instead. Here’s how to do this.
1 In the toolbar at the top of the
Mixing Console, click on the
Insert Bus button.
2 In the Mixer View Pane, click on
Audio Busses (outlined in red) to
display buses in the console. You’ll
also see any buses in the Channel
List pane (outlined in blue).
3 For tracks that you want to assign to
a submix bus instead of directly to
the master bus, ctrl-click on the track
number in each track’s header. The
track headers become highlighted;
here, tracks 4 and 6 are selected.
4 Click on the Bus icon for
any of the selected tracks,
then choose the desired
bus destination (in this
example, Bus A).
5 Assuming I/O is
selected in the Mixer
View Pane, check
that the submix bus
output is assigned
to Master so that the
bus output can be
mixed in with the
• To name the bus, double-click on the name at the bottom of the bus in the mixing console, then type in
a new name.
• To add automation to a bus, go Views > Show Bus Tracks. You can add Volume, Pan, Mute, and FX
automation to a bus track as you would to a conventional audio track.