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The Rack Editor is a rack-centric view of your rack file.  Instead of editing a rack within the context of a particular scene, the Rack Editor enables you to edit rack components across all scenes.  You can see at a glance how a plugin’s configuration changes between different scenes in the rack, and to make quick and easy changes.


Press the RACK EDITOR button on the Control Module and select the Rack tab.




The structure of the rack file is displayed in a tree on the left side of the screen. When you highlight a rack component, the right side updates with a line of information for every scene in the rack.


Using this display it is easy to see in which scenes a plugin has a different configuration from other scenes.


The columns are:


Scene Name: Scene name
Bypass:  for insert effects only
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
Plugin Data: 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.
Set Plugin Data: 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.


Plugin Global Settings

Two settings are global to the rack file for each plugin.  They are also available in the plugin console scene commands.

Use separate plugin setting data for each scene - when disabled, the plugin uses the settings in effect the last time the rack was saved.  When enabled, each scene can set the plugin's configuration.
Disconnect plugin when loading new plugin setting data



Reordering Instrument and Bus Modules

In the lower left corner are two buttons to reorder buses and instruments.  Click to switch to reorder mode and drag the instrument and bus modules up or down to reorder.


NOTE: when you change the order of modules, forte must save, close, and reopen the rack file.