The Audio Mix Panel allows adding, removing and renaming of audio mixes. Additionally, and most importantly, the Audio Mix Panel allows the configuration of audio mixes.
Every mimoLive document has a Program Mix that represents the layer volumes as being set by the dial knobs in the Layer stack. The Program Mix can therefore neither be renamed nor removed since it essentially is the audio output of the layer stack.
Under certain circumstances it makes sense to have more than one audio mix per document. A typical use case is production monitoring where at times you might need to listen to all layers, a smaller subset of layers or one specific layer at different volume levels than the Program Mix through speakers or headphones while the Program Mix must be allowed to be recorded to disk or streamed live on the Internet without change. A related use case would be (in-ear) monitoring for show hosts, anchors or guests where the respective person’s own microphone input should not be part of the monitor mix to avoid confusion over audio latency issues or even feedback loops. Another use case would be live stream events that support multiple streams with different languages or concurrent file recordings that target different distribution formats like D-M-E and M&E .
Adding, Removing and Renaming Audio Mixes
To add a new audio mix click the menu popup button to reveal the Audio Mix menu.
Clicking New Audio Mix creates a new audio mix. The new audio mix is automatically selected so that the mix configuration section of the Audio Mix Panel immediately displays the respective layer volumes. Each new audio mix receives a distinct, automatically generated name. To rename or remove a mix click the action button to the right of the Audio Mix menu to reveal the context menu.
Working with Audio Mixes
The mix configuration section contains every layer that can potentially provide audio. Layers that cannot provide any audio will not appear in the Audio Mix Panel. They are easily identified by a missing volume dial knob in their layer representation in the layer stack.
By default the layer volumes are chained to the Program Mix, i.e. layers are mixed with the same volume levels as configured by the dial knobs in the layer stack. This is most useful in situations where you, maybe only occasionally, need to mute or solo specific layers or just need to control the audio mix master volume without affecting the Program Mix.
Un/chaining Layer Volumes
By clicking the chain button in the Volume table header, the layer volumes become independent from the Program Mix and can now be set to individual levels. An unchained audio mix is a fully fledged audio mix, equivalent to a separate outboard mixer.
Layer Mute and Solo
Layers can be muted in the audio mix by clicking the M button or solo’ed by clicking the S button. Both, Mute and Solo, allow for selection of multiple layers.
Mix Mute, Dynamics and Master Volume
The bottom section contains these additional controls:
- Mute mutes the whole audio mix,
- Dynamics de/activates the master dynamics effect for the audio mix,
- The action button opens the dynamics effect settings,
- The volume fader controls the volume of the audio mix output.