In this article we are going to go over using VSX on a separate bus so that users can easily switch between the headphones and speakers without having to bypass constantly when trying to A/B. Digital Performer allows the option to create aux mixes very easily so this will allow for a great workflow. At the bottom of this article there is a DP Template session that users can start from.
- Create a Aux Bus track called "Mix Bus" and another called "VSX HP Bus". Route the VSX Bus output to 3-4 of the interface and assign the HP output of the interface to listen to 3-4.
- Add a Pre Fader Send to the Mix Bus Aux track and send it to VSX HP Bus.
- Route All the tracks in the session to the "Mix Bus" Aux track.
Now the speaker outputs will be "clean" and not have the VSX room models on it while the headphones will always have VSX sounds making it very easy to switch between Speakers and Headphones. NOTE: All mastering effects should be done on the MixBus/Group track so that the users are hearing the final master through the VSX plugin. If more plugins are added to the Master fader then these will not be heard through the VSX plugin return track. If using Room Modeling software such as Sonarworks, be sure to add this plugin on the Master Fader track so users aren't "Double Monitoring" through Sonarworks and VSX as this will blur the accuracy of the VSX Hardware.