The Rack Editor allows you to view the currently loaded rack file by plugin instead of by scene. Recall that the main display shows the state of each plugin for the current scene. The Rack Editor changes this perspective to view a particular plugin across all scenes. This allows you to see at a glance how a plugin’s configuration changes between different scenes in the rack, and to make quick and easy changes.
Access the Rack Editor in the Tools menu. A dialog box appears:
This shows the structure of the rack file in a tree on the left side of the screen. When you highlight a plugin, the right side updates with a line for every scene in the rack. Each column cell is editable.
Using this dialog, it is easy to see in which scenes a plugin has a different configuration from other scenes.
The columns are:
•Scenes: Scene name
•All Notes Off: Configures whether all notes off is sent when the scene is activated
•All Sounds Off: Configures whether all sounds off is sent when the scene is activated
•Reset All Controllers: Configures whether a reset all controllers is sent when the scene is activated
•Blob: This is a “signature” for the plugin’s configuration data. If the signatures are the same on different lines, it means two scenes are using the same configuration data. You may select from any used set of configuration data by clicking in this cell.
•Apply: This determines how plugin configuration data is sent when a scene is activated. It is exactly equivalent to the options on the Scene Commands tab of an instrument or insert effect. The three options are:
o“Auto” to load data only if its different than the current scene
o“Yes” to always load data.
o"No" to never load data
NOTE: Scenes to not automatically reference every plugin in the rack file. For example, if you create a scene and then add a new plugin, the existing scene will not automatically contain any information about the new plugin. In this case, the rack editor will display a message "(plugin not configured in scene...)". If you wish to add this plugin to the current scene you may either update the scene or trim the rack (File|Trim) to update all scenes.
In the lower left corner are two buttons to reorder buses and instruments. Click one to open a dialog allowing you to change the order of modules.
NOTE: when you change the order of modules, forte must save, close, and reopen the rack file.