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The Mixer consists of 3 sections (from left to right): the one containing the Instrument Channel Strips and Component Channel Strips, the FX Plugin Rack, and the Master Fader Strip. The Hydrogen Mixer works very much like a hardware mixer does: it lets you set the volume, pan, FX and several other things for every instrument as well as the volume of all of these sources mixed together.
: lets you trigger the instrument at maximum velocity.
This is quite handy for checking clipping.
Right-clicking the button will stop all currently playing notes of the associated instrument.
This is especially useful when dealing with long samples and Auto-Stop Note is disabled.
: lights up whenever this instrument is triggered (e.g. by a note in a pattern).
: shows whether the instrument is currently selected (in both the Mixer and the Pattern Editor).
This button is sharing its state with the mute button of corresponding instrument in the Sidebar of the Pattern Editor.
This button is sharing its state with the solo button of corresponding instrument in the Sidebar of the Pattern Editor.
: the four pre-fader FX send knobs that determine how much of this instrument will be sent to the effect plugins in the FX Rack.
Fader: the fader next to the instrument's name allows you to adjust the volume of the instrument which will be applied on top of all the individual note velocities, layer gains etc. In the background of the fader a volume unit (VU) meter is included representing the instrument's signal level. The display above shows its peak value.
You can adjust the falloff speed of the peak values in the display in the Interface tab of the Appearance tab in the Preferences.
If the Create per-instrument outputs option in the Audio Engine tab of the Preferences was selected for the JACK audio driver, Hydrogen will register ports for each instrument. All the options described above will only take effect if in addition the Track output option in the same tab as set to
This allows you to route the individual instruments directly into any other JACK enabled application, like Ardour, and gives you a lot more flexibility.