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Firestudio - Legacy » Help a poor mac fanboy out! Please. » Go to message
Hi All,
Starting to wonder why, but I'm trying to put together a little PC box to do some live software based mixing. The reason for going with a PC is I want to try out SAC (Software Audio Console) and it only runs on PC. I am extremely alien to the PC world, so I have a feeling this will be an uphill battle. I'm using the FS2626 and a DigiFS. The system is a Dell Optiplex GX620 running a fresh install of XP pro SP3, with 2 GB of ram. The FireWire card is a LaCIe, with TX instr. chip. If you need any other details, please let me know.

The FireWire card seemed to install fine, as did universal control, but every time I restart the computer, windows tells me there is new hardware and it wants to "install" the FS2626. I thought I did that, but whatever. Do I ignore that feature, or is something wrong?

Universal Control opens and the small control panel will come up when I click on it in the system tray (I think that's what it's called), but the mixer window doesn't show up, and there is no indication in the control panel that the FS is connected. The lights on the FS, however, indicate that it is synced.

I have no idea where to start. Also, if there is already a step by step guide somewhere, please feel rree to direct me there.

Thanks a lot in advance.
Matthew

P.S. For those of you familiar with SAC, I do realize that FireWire interfaces are often not the optimum way to go, but I'd at least like to get this working as intended, then worry about whether or not it will work with SAC.
Live Sound » Stereo mix from aux send? » Go to message
Well, why I said "appropriate" is because it would depend on what the headphone amp has for inputs. BTW, that's not really optional. The aux outs are hot, but not hot enough to properly drive headphones. You can pick up a headphone amp $30 or less. As for the adapter, most likely it will need to be a "Y" adapter with dual 1/4" mono male plugs on one end and a stereo 1/4" female on the other. But that's just an example. As I said it will depend on the headphone amp's input.
Live Sound » Stereo mix from aux send? » Go to message
Assuming you've already set a pair of Auxes up as a stereo pair, you'll need to run the output of each in the pair to a headphone amp of some sort. Depending on the headphone amp, you may need an appropriate adapter to get the dual mono to a stereo input.

Hope that helps.
Matthew
AudioBox VSL 1818 » Do I want the VSL1818? » Go to message
Thanks for the insight. I kind of got that impression. Mainstage isn't as user-friendly as some of Apple's apps, but it's not too bad. For something as simple as I would probably need, it might be the way to go.

Are there many preset layouts available for SAC, or are you pretty much on your own to come up with what you need? I realize the whole point would be to have something tailored for your situation, but it would be nice to have something to go off of. What about channel presets? Is that something that's supported?
AudioBox VSL 1818 » Do I want the VSL1818? » Go to message
THanks for the input, guys.
@MR4Y Yeah, that would be nice, but probably not going to happen anytime soon .

@ Monolithent You make some great points, and are probably right. Plus, I can always upgrade later if I decide to. Only really bad part is the 2626 isn't exactly appreciating right now.

I have played with main stage and like it a lot. It seems a little bit resource intensive, but it is certainly the most elegant solution, although stereo monitors take some finagling. It's generally very flexible, though, and the plugins are fantastic.

I would be interested in your impressions on SAC. The minimum requirements seem reasonable, but I wonder how many channels you can get with that.
AudioBox VSL 1818 » Do I want the VSL1818? » Go to message
Okay, folks, if you all could humor me for a bit, and help sell me on the idea of the VSL1818, it would be greatly appreciated. It seems like a good way to go, but I still feel like I would be downgrading. Right now I already have the 2626, the digiFS and a Firestation (don't laugh). Certainly very capable (as long as I keep a separate install of OS 10.6 around <biting tongue>.

I'm really interested in the possibilities of live mixing with the VSL. I'm also considering the possibility of running my current hardware with either a DAW, Mainstage, or Software Audio Console (SAC), the latter of which would going to the dark side relative to operating systems. I would also have an extra eight in/out with that setup.

Regarding the mixing capabilities of the VSL software, how many aux mixes to you get? Rick said in a video that you can do 4 stereo mixes, but since it's only a 26x8 mixer, does that mean you lose the main out?

Can I route the inputs of the 1818 to the outputs of the DigiFS, and still have my auxes and mains come out of the 1818? I would like to still have the option to split all of the inputs to FOH (without the use of a splitter snake) and use the 1818 out for the monitors. Since the DigiFS also has direct outs, it seems like this should work, but I'm not sure.

Also, in the back of my head, I'm thinking that when Winter or Summer NAMM rolls around there could be more surprises, and not in a good way if I've already bought something. Is that just me?

Any other plus' and minus' you could chime in with would be great. Thanks a lot for your input.

Matthew
House of Worship » Add pre-recorded audio to live » Go to message
Take a look at EZ Drummer, too, if you haven't pulled the trigger already. The stock samples are great, but I would also recommend the Nashville expansion pack. Also, you might not necessarily need to monitor a click if you keep at least a HH or ride cymbal going in the drum track at all times.

I also have to agree the mp3 player is a great way to go, especially starting out.
StudioLive General Discussion » New Presonus VSL Audio Interfaces JUST announced » Go to message
This is, admittedly, very exciting, but I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. Did anyone ever clarify if any of the mixing/effects processing is offloaded to the hardware? I initially thought that was the case and I was stoked, but looking into it, that doesn't seem to be the case.

Can someone tell me exactly what the difference would be from me running any DAW, or Apple's Mainstage, with my FireStudio 2626, Digimax FS, and FireStation (yes, I finally found a use for that thing. . .)? Granted, the ability to use the iPad VSL app down the road is definitely a plus for the AudioBox VSL. Of course, there's this thing called "MIDI" that could also be used to remotely control your DAW. Not to mention, the FireStudio has the hardware mixing going for it as well.

Now, if there's some hardware DSP going on in the AudioBox, that a whole 'nother ball of wax.

At any rate, I genuinely just trying to sort this out. I was ready to dump my Firestudio at first blush, but at this point, it seems like a step in the wrong direction.
StudioLive Forum Community Support » Firestudio used on a studiolive » Go to message
Sorry to resurrect this post, but has anyone actually tried this?
As a recap, setup Firestudio's, etc., on the stage, use Firewire over Cat5 extender, into the firewire chain with the SL and computer. Patch the Firestudio inputs into the SL via the Firewire returns. Seems you could potentially run your mains and auxes back to the stage, too. Very interesting, though who knows how practical. Latency could certainly be an issue. Not having access to your gains would be another biggie.
I can't believe Presonus isn't working on this, though. Maybe that's why the FIrestudios seem to have dried up? Time for a refresh?
Studio One General Discussion » AC-7 core » Go to message
Thanks for the reply, trevorst. I was just playing with it, and had a breakthrough, but the original problem remains. When I use the "StudioOne" mode in AC-7 and the Mackie Control mode in S1, I get one-way communication. However, I just tried it in Protools mode in AC-7, and set it up as HUI in S1, and it's working perfectly, as near as I can tell. Seems odd, but I guess it's working, at least.
. . . .
Okay, well, I thought I better double check function in StudioOne mode, and now it seems to be working as well, although there are a couple limitations, which are due to compatibility on Presonus' part, from what I've read. A couple that come to mind are the lack of meter function, and "lighting" of the Mute and Solo buttons on the track in which they are enabled.

Thanks again,
Matthew
Studio One General Discussion » AC-7 core » Go to message
Hi all. I apologize for the cross post, but I just realized I posted in the wrong forum, and since I haven't gotten a response, I thought I'd try here, where I originally intended.

I just bought AC-7 Core and it appears to be setup correctly, but I it looks like it's only working in one direction. I can control StudioOne, but my button states, locator readout, ect. aren't functioning. Basically it seems the connection is one way. Couldn't find anything in the previous AC-7 threads. Any suggestions?
Thanks a lot,
Matthew
Live Sound » AC-7 Core users » Go to message
Hi all,
I just bought AC-7 Core and it appears to be setup correctly, but I it looks like it's only working in one direction. I can control StudioOne, but my button states, locator readout, ect. aren't functioning. Couldn't find anything in the previous AC-7 threads. Any suggestions?
Thanks a lot,
Matthew
StudioLive General Discussion » Hardwired IEM off Aux » Go to message
Thanks for the reply, mstorch. I guess I'll need to do some experimenting. Another option that might not be too bulky that I just found is a headphone amp Peavey makes that has a built in limiter.
StudioLive General Discussion » Another minor effects problem » Go to message
Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but it sounds like you have the effects assigned to the auxes. The setting for this is in the effects menu, page 4.
Good luck,
Matthew
StudioLive General Discussion » Hardwired IEM off Aux » Go to message
Didn't find anything specific on this is the search, so I'm hoping you all might have some suggestions. Thought I remembered seeing something before, but I could be wrong.
Our band is considering moving a couple people's mixes to hardwired IEM's, and wondered what the opinions were as to the effectiveness of the limiters in the SL16 for this purpose. Can they be trusted to protect hearing, and if so, what settings would you recommend?

Thanks a lot,
Matthew
 
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