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Solo Safe/Defeat

There’s an unsung feature in most DAWs that allows you to prevent a channel being muted when you solo another.  At first, you might wonder why on earth you would want to do such a thing, but consider this.  Imagine that you’re mixing a track and one of its effects sends is routed to a reverb.  When you solo the track, what you hear is the dry signal – your reverb has been muted along with everything else.  You would then have to locate and unmute the effects channel in order to hear the track and reverb together.  In this video, I look at how you can use Solo Defeat or Solo Safe, (as it’s called in Cubase and ProTools respectively), to ensure that you can always hear it.

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