In addition to outstanding recording functionality, Sequoia offers extensive mixing tools, ranging from stereo radio commentary to film mixing in different multi-channel formats, such as 5.1, 7.1 and 12.0 Surround. Different audio formats up to 32-bit floating point and sample rates up to 384 kHz can be combined without any format conversions. Sequoia takes care of the sample rate conversion and possible decoding of compressed audio files in real time during playback.
Mixing within a DAW is increasingly important today, especially for uses that entail limited space, such as mobile music recordings or news productions. Working with VCAs (Voltage Controlled Amplifiers) or DCAs (Digital Controlled Amplifiers) makes mixing and finalizing much easier.
In Sequoia, you can control the channel levels that are assigned to a VCA group using a VCA fader in the mixer. You can assign as many channel strips as you want to a VCA master fader. Each existing channel strip can also be easily turned into a VCA fader. By displaying "ghost faders", changes resulting from adjustments made in the VCA Master can also be read in the individual channels.
- No more limitations on the ordering of internal effects and VST plug-ins. Now you can change the order of the plug-ins any way you choose. Exception: Object AUX sends still remain in the last position. Exception: Object AUX sends still remain in the last position.
- Internal effects can now be used multiple times per track/object. (Exceptions: EQ, Dynamics, Distortion, Delay.) Exceptions: EQ, Dynamics, Distortion, Delay.
- The order of Surround effects can be changed. In this case, the plug-ins in the individual channels are always calculated before the Surround effects. Note: This new functionality is not compatible with the characteristics of older program versions.
For even more flexible routing during mixing: Sequoia 14 lets you easily add or remove additional outputs – you can also assign no outputs to a track. Moreover, you can also view and select multiple outputs directly in the routing manager.
Different tap points downstream of the volume control (post), upstream of the volume control (pre) or directly after the gain (direct out) make it easier to mix complex music productions.
In the Surround Master you can select "Surround downmix" as an output device and use various presets in the Downmix Matrix. Moreover, surround busses can only be routed to stereo busses. You can also set the Downmix Matrix here. The downmix is factored in during a stereo master bounce project, i.e. you can stereo bounce from a surround project when downmix is adjusted.
The audio material can be split into as many objects as you like and moved around on tracks freely. Every object may be edited with custom effects and fades (e.g. equalizer, timestretching, pitchshifting, and various VST plug-ins); even sending to individual AUX channels and the Surround bus sis possible at the object level. This makes most time-consuming automation unnecessary.
The object editor provides real-time access to every object setting. Settings are calculated at the object level in real time and can be changed at any time.
Sequoia supports hardware controllers from SSL, PreSonus, JLCooper, Tascam and Yamaha, as well as all controllers based on Mackie Control and Mackie HUI. Sequoia also works with the Artist Mix, Artist Control and Artist Transport Artist Series controllers. These controllers are controlled using the EUCON protocol and require Windows 7.
Being able to use complicated workflows can save you a lot of time during production. Sequoia's macro functionality lets you record, program and run custom command sequences. You can assign up to 128 macros to keyboard shortcuts for quick access. It's also possible to run macros through markers in a project.