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Terry Kelley

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  1. I have a bunch of mixers going as far back as Tascam 2A's but don't want to get one out and use up the space. This isn't the 1900's man! I sent a PM on the Mackie Mix 8.
  2. I did and initially got a pondering "it should" but they passed me off to an "expert" who will call me back. I was thinking about the master clock for each. Without having any knowledge about how they work, I assume the interface sends a clock to Cakewalk and Cakewalk follows that. With a second interface, would it be sync'd via some signal over USB or could it free run if the clock speed was high enough (and drift would be minimal)? Someone has to lead but that doesn't mean someone else couldn't be told to follow.
  3. Yeah, this is what I see too. So the question is if ASIO will enable two of the same brand/model interfaces. Right now with ASIO, all of my software will work at the same time as long as they are all set to the same sample rate and bit depth. WASAPI Exclusive locks everything else out but it's a minor inconvenience flipping things around as needed. On a side note, I really appreciate your suggestion of the Mackie Mix 8. That little thing has potential. I'm reading the manual now.
  4. Hi John, Well, I can get used iTwo's in the $100 range. I have one now. Another $100 is cheap. The 1810C or 44VSL and various other 4 channel+ interfaces are in the $400+ range. Next, few if any interfaces have separate physical volume controls for the line out without going to a true console style mixer. I will not have an audio chain without a volume control available. If Cakewalk/plugin and the interface(s) decide to go stupid I will have zero control over the volume. That's never a good idea. Next, I am running a Presonus iTwo and Behringer UCA-222 together now and they stay in sync but I have to run in WASAPI Exclusive mode. You lose the ability for other apps to share the interface (in the rare situation where I want to mix surround sound while watching a Youtube History of the Celts program. I have a USB 8 channel interface intended for movies and gaming and I get 8 separate channels but again with no volume control. It otherwise works great but it's 1/8" jacks and not balanced out. It's what got me thinking of multiple interfaces. Since I only need to run multiple outs during mix-down, ASIO4ALL might be a good solution. Latency won't really matter if I am not recording or live monitoring. Finally, I am experimenting so while there are certainly other and probably more practical solutions, I want to try something. I know the first reaction is to try and drive someone towards some alternate solution but you have to consider if maybe the person is interested in the learning and experimentation. The question is the same. Will it work and has anyone done it. It sounds like it will with the right interfaces. I am waiting for Presonus to call me back. There are examples (as Noel noted) of people running at least two identical interfaces at one time (but no examples of more than two.) I'm not throwing money around but learning. And I might just have to buy a 4x4 interface and wire up a quick 4 channel balanced in/out volume control and be done with it.
  5. Hi Pcook9, Separate volumes are one reason yes. There are a couple of interfaces that do have two headphone out jacks with volumes that I could use but I would prefer a more straight forward solution. Few if any have separate volumes for the line outputs unless I go to mixing consoles like the Behringer X32 et al. I'm also curious if this will actually work. I will check out the Tascam and JamHub combo and appreciate the input.
  6. Hi pwalpwal, I had considered ASIO4ALL and might resort to it if necessary (and if it would work.) I could still switch to ASIO for recording on one interface. Azslow3 - I think those are the key points. As Noel mentioned, some drivers might do it. I'll see what Presonus says. Again, I was curious is anyone had done it and so far the short answer is no. Dang you Steinberg!
  7. It's not headaches. I'm doing something specific. It's ok. Don't worry about it.
  8. I don't see where kludge and Rube Goldberg plays into this. I'm trying to do something and asking for input. This isn't a survey or test.
  9. Thanks Noel, I'll contact Presonus directly and see if someone can clarify which ones. I know I could just try it but I don't want to spend money unnecessarily.
  10. The validity of quad is irrelevant to what I am doing or my question. So no means - you haven't done it or no, you tried and it didn't work or no, you heard it won't work?
  11. Hi Noel, I absolutely agree and didn't mean to imply it was Cakewalk's issue. The challenge was just figuring out what I really needed to do/use. In troubleshooting I kept simplifying and simplifying to see where things worked and then fell apart. Somewhere I switched to Microsoft Wav without noting it and went down a rabbit hole. Yeah, I might let them know what I am seeing but for now, it all works consistently when I am consistent. I certainly learned a lot about quad through 8.1 SS and how it works in Cakewalk.
  12. I have done many searches on this and the answers vary from no to maybe, to you might, but no one has said they've actually done it. I can certainly get an interface with several outputs but none (so far) have physical volume controls for all outputs, only the main stereo outs. Has anyone actually run two identical interfaces using ASIO and had both usable at the same time so you could select all four outputs? I want to run two Presonus iTwo interfaces at same time for quadraphonic. I want to run two separate interfaces so I have a physical volume controls for front and rear. I might even consider going to three interfaces for 5.1 or using all four to six inputs. Right now I can run two different interfaces but I have to run WASAPI Exclusive which I don't like doing and having to flip back and forth for recording or playback. Has anyone actually done it? Maybe with some other brand? Focusrite? M-Audio, etc?
  13. For me, the issue is that you are given many options but no real explanation on which one to choose and when. I had to stumble through each one and there are a lot of them. I still think something is amiss but as long as I follow the above recipe, it works. However, adding and deleting tracks would switch it from working to not working depending on various choices. Cakewalk itself would usually do what you asked for but the authoring software didn't like certain things. And if you are remixing a stereo project, don't leave the original main/master buss on there ... So it works now but why the weirdness, is unknown. I can export stereo in the WAVE format and be fine but need to use WAV (Microsoft) for surround. Why? Trying to find some detailed info on surround mixing and format was also challenging. This isn't Cakewalk's fault. It's just not common information. Angle, focus, etc. and how they interact. And as you listen, it's not always what you expect or really what the definitions say. I will say that Cakewalk tools are all pretty easy to work with for surround especially using stereo plugins on the various stereo pairs. Then you quickly learn to not overdo anything.
  14. Any chance you are running a low block size? I was playing some projects and noticed the audio is out of sync if the block size is smaller than 256. Before I could go as low as 32 (needed when recording.) Curious if you are seeing the same thing.
  15. BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO SELECT WAV (MICROSOFT), NOT WAVE FOR THE FILE FORMAT! Somebody get a board and beat me with it!
  16. Maybe someone can try this for me: 1. Take a large multi-track project (20 or more tracks if you have one. The more complicated the better.) 2. In Preferences/Project/Surround, select 5.1 Music/Alternative for the Surround Format and point the 6 outputs to your stereo hardware output. On mine I set - Left to ASIO 1 - Right to ASIO 2 - Left Surround to ASIO 1 - Right Surround to ASIO 2 - Center to ASIO 1 - LFE to ASIO 2 - Apply and close Preferences 3. Insert a Surround Buss and point any audio or simple instrument track to the Surround Buss (on mine I get Surround D, E, or G depending on how many busses you already have.) 4, Go to File, Export, Audio and set: Source Category -> Hardware output ( I have tried Entire Mix too but it selects both my Surround Main and ASIO Output and you can't deselect either but this doesn't change the outcome.) Select Surround Main buss in Source Hardware Select Multi-channel in Channel Format Set the Sample Rate to 48000 Set the Bit Depth to 24 Enter a file name (Test SS, or something) and click Export. Do you get the Extra Encoding Option Dialog? I don't. But if I start with a simple project with one or two tracks, the dialog appears. I'll send anyone a $1M that tries this. Once I get an extra million. Even when the dialog doesn't show up, Cakewalk still creates the mulit-track file (I've confirmed it by loading them back into Cakewalk) but some data is missing or the format is wrong. Terry
  17. Does anyone know what makes the Extra Encoding Option dialog box show up? I have a single track file I'm working with and it shows up when I click on Export. With the same settings and export options, it won't show up on a multi-track file. This appears to be related to the issue of invalid export files. No dialog, no work.
  18. I've been fighting to create some DVD-Audio 5.1 Surround mixes that will work. 1. I created a simple one track project, added an SS bus (Surround D), set the preferences to 5.1 music/alternative, point the single track to the Surround D bus, do some simple panning to move it around the circle and save the project. 2. I go to File, Export, Audio, set to Entire Mix, Multichannel, 48k/24bit. Export to a file. I set the Extra Encoding Option to 16 bit (Default) ... when this dialog shows up ... 3. Load it into DVDA-author. Do a burn, it works and creates an ISO. 4. Repeat step 2. The ISO create fails. Claims the audio is null and the bit depth is 0 and the file has 65535 channels (I assume it's rollover.) 5 Add a track to the project, and re-export. It works. 6. Repeat export with no changes. It fails. Repeated exports are creating different results with zero changes. Once file it good, it's always good so it's not DVDA-author being inconsistent. In addition, the Extra Encoding Option dialog doesn't always show up. What is going on ... Without a DVD-A burn program you can't really test it. I have tried CDBurnerXP and it complained on a bad file too. Edit: See below. The issue appears related to the number of tracks and the appearance (or lack of) the Extra Encoding Option Dialog
  19. Check the task manager. 50% at idle doesn't mean it's Cakewalk. Might be anti-virus running fast because you ARE idle. Just a thought.
  20. That would be cool. I need to read more about the differences between DX and VST. I like the Sonitus suite.
  21. I admit that there are times where the mixdown to stereo *appears* to sound different than listening to the Cakewalk playback. But I also think it's a bit of psychology. I had a friend play both Cakewalk and a stereo mixdown and I couldn't identify which one was which. But there are days ...
  22. Define excessive. I like lots of options but recognize we could get in a situation where things stop working and figuring it out is overwhelming. But I don't know what excessive is.
  23. I really like the Sonitus reverb but it will go all goofy at times especially if you change a setting while playing. For DX plugins they otherwise work well.
  24. Damn guys, just damn. It just keeps getting better. 🙇‍♂️
  25. No, just injecting some levity (tm). I'm the guy that posts a question asking where the Play button is. SCook and msmcleod always come through except for the beer part. Seriously, I took your comments as positive in that (I think) I asked a questions that others have pondered. Not sure why the thumbs down but maybe it was just a misunderstanding. Without faces, words only do half the job and with faces, words get overworked.
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