Each audio track (and MIDI tracks using a software instrument) and each Group will have a corresponding number of Effect Send knobs. All Effect Send signals are routed to the corresponding Effect Return. Here they can be processed and mixed with the tracks. Effect Returns are typically used for adding reverb. The Effect Return sections do not affect MIDI tracks using an External MIDI Instrument. Effect Return sections can be added using the Add Track menu. An Effect Return section can be removed by dragging the text on the left (Effect Return 1 etc.) to the Garbage Bin.
Effect Return sections have the following features:
Effect Return section with Reverb effect
- Volume fader: This fader sets the volume for the Effect Return.
- Mute button: Pressing this button will mute the Effect Return.
- Solo button: Pressing this button will solo the Effect Return.
- Pan: This knob sets the Pan position for the Effect Return.
- Effect Slots: The Effect Slots can contain effects such as Reverb or Echo.
- Output Selector (Pro edition only): The Output Selector determines the routing of the Effect Return's output. The output can be sent to the Master section or to a pair of channels (3/4, 5/6...) of the Audio Out Device (the Pan knob can be used to send the signal to one channel only). This feature can be used to send the effects bus to an external hardware effect unit (eg. a reverb unit). The selector does not appear if the song uses only one stereo output (see Song Properties).
- Level Meter: The Level Meter shows the actual output level (that is the level after applying effects and volume/pan).
A Label can be stuck to an Effect Return to show its purpose (ie. 'Reverb').
The order in which the Effect Returns appear can be changed using drag-and-drop.