I’ve explained about this in one of my Atmos livestreams.
For FX there are a few ways around it but I like to make a group and insert the effect on the group. Then create objects from that group. (This way you can make groups that hold any sized fx). Then send to the group to get the effect.
For meter activity, this is explained in detail in my stream, but just change metering to post fader / post panner.
Thanks for your help Phil - your videos are excellent. I bought your MEAP a few years ago, and it was a lifesaver (I have since moved to mac).
Moving effects to group channels was the first thing I tried, and it works. That’s ok if I start a new project, but it is a huge headache when transforming an existing stereo project with several effects channels into an atmos one.
Cubase will not allow me to create more than one bed, and effects channels can’t be routed to groups or beds, apparently.
Basically for each fx channel I have to copy the channel settings to a new group channel, to get a clone. Then I have to substitute the sends on each channel that uses the effects with their corresponding group ‘clones’. A bit time consuming, but that’s the only solution I have found till now.