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why are there little dots under some 'effects rack' plugins?

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Hi all.   Why are there different number of little dots just under some plugins in track 'effects rack', and what do they indicate?  Thanks, all.   

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From http://www.cakewalk.com/Documentation?product=Cakewalk&language=3&help=Mixing.27.html

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Effects in FX Racks display lines that tell you whether the effect is outputting a mono, stereo, or surround signal:

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A. Mono indicator

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A. Stereo indicator

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A. Surround indicator in buses (in 5.1 mode)

If you’re using the 64-bit double-precision audio engine, plug-ins that can send and receive 64-bit data display double lines.

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A. Stereo indicator in 64-bit mode

 

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Huh!

Been using CW forever and can't say I've ever even seen those dots, let alone known that they served some useful function.

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I've never noticed them, either. That's probably down to my poor eyesight - even after having them pointed out, I couldn't see them right away.

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I've known about the dots for a long time. Now that more people may be looking at them, I should point out that (on my system, at least) there is a minor bug related to them. Most VST3 versions of plugins that do operate with 64 bit data will incorrectly show the 32 bit dot patterns, while their VST2 versions correctly show the 64 bit dot patterns. Izotope Ozone is an example. I asked Izotope about it, they said it must be a Cakewalk (Sonar, back then) issue.  It doesn't hurt anything as far as I know, so I haven't bothered to inquire further.

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