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Studio One - What is Cue Mix and how do I use it with my FireStudio Family product?

In Studio One, it is possible to quickly and easily create multiple cue mixes. A cue mix is separate from the main mix and is usually provided to musicians for monitoring purposes during recording. For instance, when recording vocals, the engineer and vocalist will probably want to hear different mixes. Most vocalists want to hear more of their vocals in the mix, possibly with some reverb to make it sound natural, while the engineer might focus on how the performance balances with the rest of the mix. Together, Studio One and a FireStudio interface make this simple

To create a Cue Mix, open the Song/Song Setup/Audio I/O Setup menu in a Song, switch to the Outputs tab, and add a new Stereo Output channel. Next, specify that this output is a cue-mix output by clicking on the channel’s Cue Mix checkbox. You can create as many cue mixes as your audio inter- face has available stereo outputs.


Once you have activated a Cue Mix output, you will notice the Cue Mix object in the Mixer.  By default, the level of each track is set to the same level as the Main mix.  To unlock the level to the Cue Mix for any track, simply move the Cue Mix level on the desired track.  You will notice that the padlock icon no longer illuminates and the level in the Cue Mix moves independent of the level in the Main Mix.

In the Cue Mix object of each track in the Mixer, you will also notice a large ‘Z’.  Clicking on this will enable zero-latency monitoring for the input selected on that track.  This feature is only available for FireStudio family interfaces that are not daisy chained and are not StudioLive mixers.

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