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Tutorial: Mixing Audio in Sony Vegas Pro 11

The new mixer layout in Sony Vegas Pro 11 makes editing audio for video in Vegas feel like you're using a pro hardware mixer. Vegas instructor David McKnight explains how it's done.

In this fourth installment of our six-part series of tutorials on Sony Vegas Pro 11, we're going to talk about the new Mixer layout. If you're into audio mixing, you're going to find this really cool because it's going to make your editing experience for audio more like using a traditional hardware mixer. Let's check it out.

Get On the Bus

Let's take just a moment and look at the standard two-track Mixer in Sony Vegas Pro 10, the previous version of Vegas (Figure 1, below). You can see we have 44.1 kHz and 16-bit as default sampling rate and bit depth, respectively. We have a few options we can customize, such as Audio Properties, down-mix output, and the ability to insert a bus.

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Figure 1. The audio Mixer in Sony Vegas Pro 10

Now, let's look at the somewhat comparable Master Bus in Sony Vegas Pro 11, our current version, and look at them side by side (Figure 2, below). What you see on the left-hand side of Figure 2 is the Mixer in Vegas 10; on the right-hand side here is the version in Vegas 11 that's called Master Bus. They look very similar, but there are a couple of differences worth pointing out.

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Figure 2. The old Mixer (left) and the new Master Bus (right side by side)

In Vegas 10 (left), you have the ability to insert a bus and to insert Assignable FX in this two-track Mixer. Sony has actually removed that from the Master Bus in Vegas 11. If you want that type of control, it's probably best to bring up the full Audio Mixer. We'll take a look at that here in just a moment. Other than that, there is no difference here between these two. You still have the ability to solo and mute your stereo channels here in Vegas 11's Master Bus (Figure 3, below).

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Figure 3. Soloing tracks in the Master Bus in Vegas Pro 11

One difference in the Vegas 11 version is that you can open your Mixing Console directly from the Master Bus (Figure 4, below). You couldn't do that before.

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Figure 4. Opening the Mixing Console from the Master Bus in Vegas Pro 11

That kind of sums of the differences here between the two-track Mixers in Vegas 10 and Vegas 11. Let's have a look at the actual Mixing Console itself.

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