Sounds like you want a 'Source only' freeze.
1. Click the Freeze button in the track header.
2. In the track inspector find the Freeze Mode and change it to Source Only.
Source Only: Freezes the track signal before it is fed into the first effect plug-in. Choosing
this mode turns the Freeze button blue.
The other option is Pre Fader:
Pre Fader: Freezes the track signal including all effect plug-ins. Choosing this mode
turns the Freeze button green.