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Table Of Contents

 

Introduction..........................................................

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Welcome!......................................................................................................

5

About the MultiMix FireWire...........................................

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All-In-OneMixer and Multichannel Computer Audio

 

Interface .......................................................................................................

6

MultiMix FireWire Key Features ..............................................................

6

Additional Features of the MultiMix 12 FireWire and

 

MultiMix 16 FireWire.................................................................................

7

How to Use This Manual ...................................................

8

A Few Words for Beginners..............................................

9

Hooking up the MultiMix FireWire ................................

11

Using Proper Cables ..........................................................

12

Setting Levels......................................................................

12

Chapter Two: A Tour of the MultiMix.............

13

Patchbay...............................................................................

13

Mic Inputs (Channels 1 – 4)......................................................................

13

Line Inputs (Channels 1 – 4).....................................................................

13

Line Inputs (Channels 5 – 12) ..................................................................

14

S/PDIF Digital Output Jack.....................................................................

14

PHONE Jack...............................................................................................

14

AUX RETURNS ........................................................................................

14

AUX SENDS ..............................................................................................

14

ALT 3/4 OUT ............................................................................................

14

2-TRACK.....................................................................................................

14

MAIN MIX OUT.......................................................................................

15

CTRL RM OUT .........................................................................................

15

Channel Strips ....................................................................

15

Fader .............................................................................................................

15

MUTE / Alt 3/4.........................................................................................

15

PFL / SOLO...............................................................................................

15

PAN or BAL................................................................................................

16

Aux................................................................................................................

16

EQ.................................................................................................................

16

Master Section.....................................................................

17

Main Mix Fader...........................................................................................

17

Alt 3/4 Fader...............................................................................................

17

2TK To Mix.................................................................................................

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Alt 3/4 To Mix............................................................................................

17

Solo Mode....................................................................................................

17

HDPH / CTRL RM...................................................................................

18

MIX Switch..................................................................................................

18

ALT 3/4 Switch ..........................................................................................

18

2TK Switch..................................................................................................

18

Aux Ret A Level..........................................................................................

18

Effects / Aux Ret B level ..........................................................................

18

LED Meters.................................................................................................

19

POWER Indicator......................................................................................

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+48V Indicator ...........................................................................................

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Rear of the Mixer................................................................

20

Power Input .................................................................................................

20

Power Supply Unit......................................................................................

20

Power On .....................................................................................................

20

Phantom On................................................................................................

20

Firewire ports ..............................................................................................

20

Chapter Three: Digital Effects

 

Processor ...............................................................

21

Effects Section Components ............................................

21

Program Selection Knob ...........................................................................

21

LED Display................................................................................................

21

CLIP Indicator ............................................................................................

21

SIG Indicator ..............................................................................................

21

Effect Descriptions.............................................................

21

HALL ...........................................................................................................

21

ROOM .........................................................................................................

21

PLATE .........................................................................................................

21

CHAMBER .................................................................................................

21

CHORUS.....................................................................................................

22

FLANGE.....................................................................................................

22

DELAY ........................................................................................................

22

PITCH..........................................................................................................

22

MULTI & MULTI II..................................................................................

22

Chapter Four: Traditional Mixing...................

23

Simple Live Setup...............................................................

23

Using Additional External Audio Sources....................

23

S/PDIF digital output to a digital recorder ..................

23

Chapter Five: Firewire Recording ..................

25

First-timeconnection instructions.................................

25

and driver installation ......................................................

25

Installing the optional applications...............................

26

Power-on/Poweroff order ................................................

26

Power-onsequence.....................................................................................

26

Power-offsequence....................................................................................

26

Firewire inputs and outputs............................................

27

Channels sent from the MultiMix to the computer...............................

27

Channels returned from the computer to the MultiMix.......................

27

Sound setup under Windows ...........................................

28

Disabling Windows System Sounds................................

30

Connections and settings for Firewire

 

recording and monitoring ................................................

31

Using the MultiMix FireWire with Cubase

 

and other ASIO applications............................................

31

Choosing the MultiMix as your audio device .........................................

32

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Creating a new audio file ...........................................................................

36

Working with the ASIO control panel............................

40

Accessing the ASIO control panel...........................................................

40

Setting the mixer nickname .......................................................................

40

Setting the master device ...........................................................................

40

Adjusting latency by changing the buffer size ........................................

41

Adjusting the sample rate ..........................................................................

41

Using the MultiMix FireWire with Sonar

 

and other WDM applications ...........................................

42

Choosing the MultiMix as your audio device .........................................

42

Assigning inputs to audio tracks...............................................................

45

Using the MultiMix FireWire with

 

CoreAudio on the Macintosh ...........................................

46

Chapter Six: Troubleshooting: non-

 

Firewire .................................................................

47

Chapter Seven: Troubleshooting:

 

Firewire .................................................................

51

Computer or audio application does not see

 

the MultiMix FireWire.......................................................

51

Basic troubleshooting.................................................................................

51

Advanced troubleshooting under Windows ...........................................

51

Audio playback or recording is at the wrong

 

speed......................................................................................

53

Audio playback or recording stutters or

 

drops out...............................................................................

53

Audio echoes during recording.......................................

53

Chapter Eight: Specifications...........................

55

Chapter Nine: Block Diagram...........................

57

Glossary .................................................................

59

Contact ...................................................................

62

Alesis Contact Information.......................................................................

62

Trademarks ..................................................................................................

62

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Introduction

Welcome!

Thank you for making the Alesis MultiMix FireWire a part of your studio. Since 1984, we've been designing and building creative tools for the audio community. We believe in our products, because we've heard the results that creative people like you have achieved with them. One of Alesis' goals is to make high-qualitystudio equipment available to everyone, and this Reference Manual is an important part of that. After all, there's no point in making equipment with all kinds of capabilities if no one explains how to use them. So, we try to write our manuals as carefully as we build our products.

The goal of this manual is to get you the information you need as quickly as possible, with a minimum of hassle. We hope we've achieved that. If not, please drop us an email and give us your suggestions on how we could improve future editions of this manual.

We hope your investment will bring you many years of creative enjoyment and help you achieve your musical goals.

Sincerely,

The people of Alesis

For more effective service and product update notices, please register your MultiMix FireWire mixer online at:

http://www.alesis.com/

index.php?registration

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About the MultiMix FireWire

The MultiMix FireWire mixers are the latest in the large family of Alesis audio mixers and the second series that includes computer interfacing (following on the launch of the MultiMix USB mixers in 2004).

We’ve come a long way since introducing our first mixing console in 1989. Since that time audio technology has grown in leaps and bounds, pushing up quality and driving down prices. Only a few years ago, you wouldn’t have been able to buy a mixer with analog performance this powerful for such an affordable price, and the addition of multichannel computer audio interfacing would have been a pipe dream. Just take a look at the key features listed below, and you’ll see that you have just made an incredible addition to your home studio or live setup.

All-In-OneMixer and Multichannel

Computer Audio Interface

The MultiMix FireWire consoles give you just about everything you need to create polished, professional-soundingmixes both live and within acomputer-basedrecording studio. When designing this unit, our goal was to give you as much control over your mixes as possible without requiring a wealth of extra equipment. That’s why we added tools like the digital effects processor, the mic preamps, and the S/PDIF digital output (12and16-channelmodels only).

The MultiMix FireWire is also a full-duplex,multichannel computer recording interface device. Not only can you record every channel independently, but you can also record the MAIN mix channels. To get you started withcomputer-basedrecording, we even include awell-specifiedDigital Audio Workstation (DAW) software program. With a multitude of ways in which to connect other equipment and instruments, the MultiMix FireWire offers endless possibilities.

Important: download the drivers from http://www.alesis.com onto a folder on your desktop or insert the software CD into your computer’s CD drive BEFORE you plug your MultiMix into your computer for the first time.

See page 25 for details.

MultiMix FireWire Key Features

yThree Models:

MultiMix 8 FireWire (4 mic/line preamps, 2 stereo inputs)

MultiMix 12 FireWire (4 mic/line preamps, 4 stereo inputs)

MultiMix 16 FireWire (8 mic/line preamps, 4 stereo inputs)

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yMultichannel Firewire (IEEE 1394a) input and output

– routes each individual channel’s output, plus the MAIN outputs, through the FIREWIRE port, and receives two channels back from the computer, all in 24-bit,44.1/48 kHz digital audio.

yASIO and WDM computer drivers – lets you use the MultiMix FireWire with the vast majority of digital audio workstation programs.

yClean and powerful preamps – up to 50dB of preamp gain for capturing quiet sources. Globally switched phantom power.

yStereo inputs – Two stereo pairs for the MultiMix 8 FireWire. Four stereo pairs for the 12and16-channelversions. Great forline-levelinstruments.

yInternal digital effects processor with 100 preset effects and an easy-to-readdisplay– includes a variety of reverbs, delays, choruses, flanges, a pitch transposer and multiple combinations of these.

y3-band EQ per channel – a potent tool for sonically shaping each channel to get that perfect mix.

y2 aux sends per channel – one can be used to access an external effects device; the other can be used either to access the MultiMix’s internal effects or to access a second external device. On the12-channeland16-channelMultiMix FireWires, the first aux send can be switched between either preorpost-faderoperation.

yControl room output level – provides control over the separate control room output.

y2-track send and return – lets you mix your audio to tape or other media and to add a tape deck or CD player to the mix.

Additional Features of the MultiMix 12

FireWire and MultiMix 16 FireWire

yPFL/Solo in place functionality per channel – isolates a channel with a single push of a button.

yMute/Alt 3/4 assign per channel – lets you mute a channel and, at the same time, route its signal to the mixer’s ALT 3/4 output—a separate stereo bus.

yIndependent Main Mix and Alt 3/4 levels – permits you to separately command the levels of the MultiMix’s two stereo buses

yS/PDIF digital out – sends the24-bit,digital stereo signal directly to a DAT, DVD or other recording device that can accept a S/PDIF signal.

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How to Use This Manual

This manual is divided into the following sections describing the various functions and applications of the MultiMix consoles. While it's a good idea to read through the entire manual once carefully, those having general knowledge about mixing should use the table of contents to look up specific functions.

Chapter 1: Getting Started shows you how to include the MultiMix in your audio setup for recording, computer interfacing, and live applications. We’ve included a hookup diagram, guidelines for which cables to use and the vital steps you must take to set levels properly.

Chapter 2: A Tour of the MultiMix describes the MultiMix piece by piece. This chapter also features diagrams of the mixer to help you find each component as you read about it.

Chapter 3: Digital Effects Processor explains the effects provided by the on-board digital effects processor. If you want to know what a certain effect will do to your sound before you select it, this is where you should look.

Chapter 4: Traditional Mixing outlines a number of scenarios in which you can use the MultiMix for live mixing and simple, non-Firewire based recording.

Chapter 5: Firewire Recording orients you to the MultiMix’s powerful Firewire recording features, including software installation and setup with common DAW programs.

Chapter 6: Troubleshooting can give you a hand if you’re experiencing problems with your mixer. You’ll find that most issues can be resolved simply and quickly with the push of a button.

Chapter 7: Specifications and Chapter 8: Block Diagrams are full of technical information for the more techie users.

And at the end of this manual you’ll see a glossary of common mixing-relatedterms.

Helpful tips and advice are highlighted in a shaded box like this.

When something important appears in the manual, an exclamation mark (like the one shown at left) will appear with some explanatory text. This symbol indicates that this information is vital when operating the MultiMix consoles.

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