Create an alias of a channel strip

You can create an alias of a channel strip and use the alias in different patches or sets. Aliases allow you to share highly memory-intensive plug-ins, such as third-party multichannel instruments and samplers, between different patches, rather than creating multiple instances of these plug-ins. In some cases, creating an alias can be more efficient (use fewer resources) than adding a concert- or set-level channel strip.

Create a channel strip alias

  1. In the Channel Strips area, select the channel strip.

  2. Choose Edit > Copy, or press Command-C (default).

  3. In the Patch List, select the patch in which you want to use the alias.

  4. Choose Edit > Paste as Alias, or press Option-Command-V (default).

    The alias is pasted after the last channel strip in the patch (but before any signal flow channel strips, if they are visible). An alias icon appears near the top of the alias to distinguish it from the channel strips in the patch.

    Figure. Channel strip showing alias arrow icon.

You can use an alias in multiple patches or sets. When you change settings on the original channel strip (with the exception of volume, pan, and expression), those changes are reflected in the aliases of the channel strip. You may want to audition each patch that uses an alias after changing the settings of the original channel strip, to make sure it sounds the way you want.

You can create an alias of a multi-output instrument, such as the EXS24 mkII, to use in another patch or set in the concert. When you copy a multi-output instrument to create an alias, be sure to select all of the aux channel strips for the instrument so that the complete multi-output instrument is pasted as an alias. For information, see Use multiple instrument outputs.