You can silence, or mute, a track so that you don’t hear it when you play the project. Muting tracks is useful when you want to hear how the project sounds without the track, compare alternative versions of a track, or try different loops in a project.
When you mute a track using the Mute button, the channel strip to which the track is assigned is muted; all tracks in the project that use the same channel strip are also silenced. Plug-ins on the muted channel strip are still processed, however, so the system responds very quickly when tracks are muted or unmuted.
You can silence individual tracks assigned to the same channel strip by turning them off.
Mute a track
Click the track’s Mute button in the track header.
Mute a track when the Mute buttons are hidden
Use the Toggle Track Mute key command (M) to mute and unmute a track.
Mute multiple tracks
Click-hold a Mute button , then drag the pointer up or down.
The Mute buttons of all swiped tracks switch to the same state.
You can also use the Toggle Track Mute of all Tracks of Folder key command.
Mute all tracks
Hold down Command while clicking the Mute button in a track header.
All Mute buttons that match the state (muted or unmuted) of the clicked button also switch to its new state. For example, if you click an unmuted Mute button, all unmuted tracks are then muted.
Muted tracks and regions appear slightly differently in the Tracks area, depending on how they are muted:
When a track is muted using its Mute button, the regions on the track are gray, but the region names are in color.
When a track is turned off using its On/Off button, both the regions on the track and the region names are gray.
When an individual region is muted, the region and its name are gray, and a small colored dot precedes the name.
When a track is muted because another track is soloed, the regions on the track are gray, but the region names are in color.