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Jack Barry
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I'm not even sure what questions to ask?

I am a retired live sound tech. I am collecting gear to have a fun little home studio. How would you connect these components? I know the signal flow and how to connect mics/gits/speakers etc.
For example, I would need a firewire 800 to 400 cable to hook up the Mac and FireStudio (a 9 pin to 6 pin bilingual cable is in the mail). As far as MIDI and S/PDIF I don't know my a** from a hole in the ground!
The following is what I have so far;
1 Sure SM58, mic cord and boom stand.
1 Lexicon MX300 reverb, USB, S/PDIF I/O, MIDI in thru, 2 balanced 1/4” analog ins and outs, 2 XLR ins and outs
1 TC Helicon VoiceWorks, S/PDIF I/O, MIDI in thru out, 2 balanced 1/4” analog outs, Balanced line and Mic ins
1 TC Electronic M300 delay/reverb, S/PDIF I/O, MIDI in out, 2 1/4” ins and outs
The above left over from my live days.
1 AKG 271MKII headphones
1 pr Creative Gigaworks T20 series 2 speakers. Not really monitors, maybe Santa will bring some real ones?
1 M-Audio Venom synth, MIDI out in, USB2, Mic and instrument ins 2 1/4” outs and 2 RCA inputs.
1 2012 Mac Mini quad i7, USB3 Firewire 800 and combo Digital/analog 1/8” ins and outs. (the Venom won't play with the Mini because of the USB3 on the Mini) I think I can hook that into the back of the FSM as well? Or would MIDI be the way to go?
A FireStudio Mobile is in the mail.
I wonder if I could use the VoiceWorks as a 3rd mic pre going into a 1/4” input on the FSM? Actually, every piece has MIDI so I don't really know how to connect units. (MIDI or analog?)
I am going to read a MIDI primer at this point. Spent an hour learning basic MIDI stuff, much work to be done.

The rack units all have good sounds and I can get around nicely on the them, but are they worth hooking up?
Can I use the VoiceWorks for a mic pre/interface

All the ins and outs can be seen here;

http://s1343.beta.photobucket.com/user/MiniSound66/library/My%20Studio%20Gear

I guess the main question is how to do a basic set up with FSM, Mac Mini, and monitors. (SM58 into the FSM or course).
And then Venom and outboard gear? If worthwhile?
I plan on using the S1 Artist software.
Any input is much welcome.

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2012 Mac Mini 2.3g i7x4 16 gig ram, Presonus FireStudio Mobile, SM58, AKG271 MKII phones. External rack effects, Lexicon, TC Helicon, TC Electric. M-Audio Venom keys, 1/2 brain.
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Just a thought, but maybe you can approach this from the user end iso. the gear end? What is it you expect to use your home studio for?

A note on MIDI (no pun intended): MIDI only describes sound, it isn't a digital form of audio. E.g. the MIDI output from a keyboard will, more or less, contain all the information about the keys and buttons pressed but not a peep of sound. MIDI is also used to pass control data between gear (e.g. unit on/unit off commands). You can record the MIDI data and e.g. play it back to the keyboard.

You can also use the computer to use the same MIDI data to play all kinds of virtual instruments. Quality of the rendering depends heavily on the quality of those instrument modules. Plug-ins are available (some for free, some quite expensive) in all grades. It is important to know that with S1 Artist you are confined to S1's native plug-ins only. These are OK for many but not for everyone. S1 Pro allows you to import third party plug-ins too. That would be a good upgrade path if the native plugins don't fulfill your needs.

The same is true for S1's native modules for effects etc. Maybe they can replace some of your outboard modules but don't sell your outboard gear just yet. See if you can set up your gear in such a way that you can record both the dry signal and the processed signal. There's hardly any limitiation in the number of tracks S1 can hold and recording both signals gives you a chance to compare S1's plug-ins with your outboard modules.

S/PDIF is a (mostly stereo) digital audio interface. Between digital audio gear (e.g. FX unit to DAW) S/PDIF has advantages over an analog patch because it cuts out the digital to analog to digital conversion. But sometimes an analog patch cable gives better results than a S/PDIF link (e.g. when patching a nice preamp with a mediocre built-in A/D converter to an audio interface with good quality A/D converters). You need proper S/PDIF cables for a S/PDIF patch. Analog audio cables won't do.

You can find the basic setup for FS Mobile with Mac and mics in the FS Mobile manual. It is pretty straightforward. The manual also contains PreSonus' Top Secret receipe for Jambalaya, known to cure any level of nervous tension when building studios.

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Jack Barry
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Thanks for the input. Sorry about the slow response, holidays and such. I am having issues with the basic set up at this point, FS Mobile Sm58, AKG headset and I can't hear anything in the AKG But the mic works and the headset works?
2012 Mac Mini 2.3g i7x4 16 gig ram, Presonus FireStudio Mobile, SM58, AKG271 MKII phones. External rack effects, Lexicon, TC Helicon, TC Electric. M-Audio Venom keys, 1/2 brain.
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