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18. Understanding Containers
1 Containers are a means by which multiple interconnected plugins may be created, edited and stored for future use. You can use them to wrap up your favourite vocal chain effects or mastering tools, or create bizarre multieffects. Here, we’ve soloed our FM bass clip and looped it for playback. 2 Looking to the Bitwig Devices category in the Browser, we see that some of the Devices are denoted by folder icons. These are Containers, designed to facilitate the creation of effects chains. Find the Chain container and drag it onto our FM-4 track. It doesn’t do anything yet, as there are no effects associated with it. 3 Note the blue ‘bracket’ over the top of our Chain container. Now, we’ll drag a Comb Device into the Chainer’s Chain bin. The bracket expands in order to encompass the Comb effect, too, which, in turn, has its own green bracket. We can now tweak the Comb Device’s settings to taste. Cool! 4 We drag a Delay-1 effects Device into the Chain. The blue bracket now encompasses this device, too. Note that you can drag effects into the individual Devices, as we’ve done with a filter on our Delay’s Feedback. All our Container contents can be saved for later use – but we’ve got one last thing to show you first!