Revamping the Studio Round 3: Effect Panel

More often than not, a lot of your time in the studio is spent perfecting effects chains to achieve your desired sonic outcome. Quick control access and a view that allows to see all the effects at once can make a big difference in your time management — and your music.

We hear you. After introducing the sidebar and improving regions last year, we’re now revealing our third round of studio updates: an effect panel.

Take Control Of Your Effect Rack

We often hear that the vertical effects display makes it hard to get an overview of your effect rack. For this round of feature boost, we’ve incorporated your feedback and taken it a step further by introducing a completely new workflow.

Instead of showing effect modules on a pop-up modal, a panel now appears at the bottom when you click to add a channel. The panel displays empty slots where you can insert effects and directly tweak the parameters. Effects are arranged horizontally. The effect on the right is applied last and thus affects every effect that precedes it.

This new panel shows the complete picture at a glance, making it easy to experiment with different combinations and discover unique sounds. To view all effects for the selected channel, scroll either horizontally or vertically. To rearrange the order of the effects chain, just click and drag effects left or right.

You can collapse the panel by clicking on the arrow icon on the right. The instrument and number of effects applied to the channel will remain on display. To reopen the panel, just click on the arrow again or double-click on any channel.

Hear It As You See It

The effect rack is made to be flexible and easy for in-the-moment experimentation. You can now dive into hundreds of our carefully-crafted presets and quickly try out new ideas by switching presets right in the panel.

Not having to open pop-up modals one-by-one to make adjustments means you can more quickly bypass any effect. You can also select effects and move selected effects in bulk by holding shift.

To delete, just click to activate effects before hitting the backspace key, or simply right-click to open a menu.

Quick Automation Access

Changing the character of your sound requires more than just effects. You need automation. With the new panel, your effect rack is now a dynamic part of this automation. To indicate which parameter is automated, a blue light now appears next to the parameter.

You can also right-click on any parameter to add, edit, or remove automation. This shortcut makes it easy to quickly add movement to your sound without having to click through all available parameters.

Sneak Preview

As you might have noticed, an instrument slot now appears in the panel next to an effect slot. This additional feature lets you switch presets without opening the instrument modules – perfect if you just want to get inspired. Could this be a hint of things to come? Maybe.

We’ve put tremendous effort into making Soundation fun and easy to use. As you finish reading this article, we’re already hard at work planning for new improvements. Do you have ideas? We want to hear them! You’re always welcome to reach us at support@soundation.com or at our official Discord channel to share your feedback!

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