In Cubase, I have a guitar track which has a channel level of +5db, however, some individual sections on the track, I want to raise the volume. The way I was taught to do that isn't working for some reason. The screen shots below explain what I mean. edit: I disabled the plugins on the guitar track, then raised the volume of a particular clip, and heard the DI get very loud, however as soon as I turned the plug-ins back on, it got quiet again. What's going on here? Before I clicked the small square circled above, and drug the mouse up, which made the waveforms appear larger (see below), however the sound doesn't get louder. What am I doing wrong? If this is the wrong way, what can I do to increase the volume of a particular clip, rather than an entire track? EDIT: One other thing bugging me, I'm sure this is very simple, but is there a plug-in that would help me eliminate the hiss from the plugins when there is no playing, such as in between chugs, etc...(as pictured below). I think I recall hearing it being called a compressor? Is there a particular one you guys like to use? What settings would be appropriate for silencing these parts without affecting the rest of the track?