Alesis 7-51-0214-B User Manual

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Table Of Contents

 

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

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About the IO|14 and IO|26 ..............................................

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

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Chapter 1: Hardware Overview .......................

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Section Identification........................................................

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Top Panel .....................................................................................................

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Rear Panel ....................................................................................................

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Chapter 2: Installation (Windows)...................

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Install the software/drivers first.....................................

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Install Cubase LE (optional) ............................................

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Connect your IO|14/26 ......................................................

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Make IO|14/26 the default audio device .......................

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Disable Windows System Sounds....................................

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Chapter 3: Installation (Macintosh) ................

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Install the software/drivers first.....................................

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Install Cubase LE (optional) ............................................

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Connect your IO|14/26 ......................................................

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Make IO|14/26 the active audio device .........................

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Chapter 4: Getting Started with

 

Cubase LE..............................................................

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Introducing Cubase LE .....................................................

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Windows only: selecting the IO|14/26 as

 

your audio and MIDI device. ...........................................

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

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Chapter 5: Using the Control Panel ................

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Working with the IO14/26 control panel .......................

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

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1.

Select the Alesis IO. ..............................................................................

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2.

Create a nickname for your IO|14/26 (optional) ............................

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3.

Adjust latency by changing the buffer size ........................................

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4. Choose a Buffer Mode .........................................................................

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5.

Specify how sample rates can change.................................................

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6. Enable or Disable WDM audio...........................................................

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(Windows only) ...........................................................................................

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7.

Set the clock master ..............................................................................

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Specify the audio clock source .............................................................

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9.

Set the sample rate ................................................................................

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Chapter 6: Hardware Direct

 

Monitoring.............................................................

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The Alesis Hardware Direct Monitoring and

 

Routing Application...........................................................

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Using the Hardware Direct Monitoring

 

(HDM) panel.........................................................................

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1.

Output Monitor Tabs ...........................................................................

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2.

Pan/Mute/Solo .....................................................................................

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3. Volume....................................................................................................

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4.

Stereo Channel Linking and Unlinking..............................................

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5. Channel Names......................................................................................

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6. Master HDM Mix Fader.......................................................................

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7. Narrow/Wide View Switch .................................................................

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Metering Options ..................................................................................

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9. Bank Hide/Show buttons ....................................................................

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10. ADAT-S/PDIFToggle ......................................................................

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11.

Main Level............................................................................................

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12.

Save/Recall Settings............................................................................

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14. Headphones 2 Assignment................................................................

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15.

S/PDIF output assignment ...............................................................

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Chapter 7: Getting In Deeper:

 

Hardware...............................................................

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Cabling 101...........................................................................

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Common Hookup Scenarios.............................................

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Singer / Songwriter ....................................................................................

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Full Studio Setup.........................................................................................

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Using the Insert Jacks.......................................................

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Additional Uses of Insert Jacks................................................................

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Chapter 8: Getting In Deeper:

 

Recording ..............................................................

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Watch Your Levels While Recording..............................

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Base Sample Rates: 44.1/88.2/ ..........................................

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176.4kHz versus 48/96/192kHz..........................................

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High Resolution Recording..............................................

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The Upside of High Definition recording..............................................

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The Downsides of High Definition Recording .....................................

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Surround Sound (IO|26 only)..........................................

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Using the IO14/26 with Sonar and other

 

WDM applications ..............................................................

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WDM or ASIO? Experiment with both protocols ..............................

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Choosing the IO14/26 as your audio device..........................................

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Chapter 9: Troubleshooting ..............................

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Computer or audio application does not see

 

the IO|14 or IO|26 interface............................................

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

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

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Audio playback or recording is at the wrong

 

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

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Audio playback or recording stutters or

 

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

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

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Technical Specifications....................................

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Technical Specifications...................................................

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

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Warranty/Contact Alesis ....................................

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Alesis Limited Warranty.............................................................................

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

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

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Introduction

Thank you for purchasing the Alesis IO FireWire audio interface!

You could say Alesis knows a thing or two about recording. Countless artists, engineers, and producers have relied on our digital recorders since the introduction of the original “Blackface” ADAT in 1991. Some publications have even claimed that our ADAT recorders started the “home studio revolution” back in the 1990s. We’re proud that our line of affordable tools has made professional-qualityrecording possible for millions of people around the world.

The IO series FireWire interfaces are the next step in Alesis recording technology. Once you work with the IO|14/26, we’re confident you’ll appreciate the outstanding sound quality, superior construction, and attention to detail.

We’re continually delighted by the recordings that have been captured with our products. We hope that your IO|14/26 will be there to inspire and capture your finest performances.

Sincerely,

The People of Alesis

For more effective service and product update notices, please register your IO|14 or IO|26 FireWire interface at http://www.alesis.com/.

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About the IO|14 and IO|26

Our IO|14 and IO|26 audio interfaces are professional-gradetools with everything you need to turn your musical ideas to polished recordings. The two units are virtually identical except that the larger IO|26 has more inputs and outputs than its smaller sibling, the IO|14. The IO|14 and IO|26 feature the following:

High-speedFireWire (IEEE 1394a) interface for low latency and tons of audio I/O from your computer. The high bandwidth of the FireWire interface allows a single IO|26 to handle 26 inputs and 8 outputs simultaneously (the IO|14 handles 14 inputs and 6 outputs simultaneously).

Premium 192k analog-to-digitalanddigital-to-analogconverters.

True 24-bitoperation for all digital and analog inputs and outputs.

High-DefinitionMicrophone Preamplifiers. This new design exhibits superb technical performance and delivers pristine, unclouded sonics. +48v phantompower—requiredfor powering condenser studiomicrophones—canbe applied to any pair of inputs on the unit.

Switchable guitar inputs for direct recording of guitars and basses.

Dedicated stereo turntable inputs (IO|26 only).

Alesis Hardware Direct Monitoring for hassle-freeheadphone mixes in any recording situation. The included software makes setting up mixes a snap.

Two headphone outputs optimized for the recording engineer and the artist.

S/PDIF I/O and ADAT inputs to cover all of your digital connectivity needs..

Inserts on every analog input for patching additional hardware into your signal path.

Integrated MIDI I/O on standard 5-pinconnectors.

FireWire bus or AC adapter power.

Solid construction that’s built for many years of heavy use.

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How to Use This Manual

We know this manual will be an integral part of the experience with your IO 14 or IO|26 interface so we’ve done our best to make it complete, accurate, and helpful for you.

The manual is divided into the following sections describing the various functions and applications of the IO audio interface. While it’s a good idea to read through the entire manual once carefully, those having general knowledge about audio interfaces may want to use the table of contents to look up specific topics.

Chapter 1: Hardware Overview describes every section of the IO|14/26’s in detail. If you’re not sure about the function of a knob, button, connector, or status light, read this section for clarification.

Chapter 2: Installation (Windows) walks you though the installation of the drivers and included software that accompany the IO|14/26. This section covers ASIO, WDM, and MIDI I/O drivers for the PC.

Chapter 3: Installation (Macintosh) discusses installation of the CoreAudio and CoreMIDI drivers for Macintosh computers.

Chapter 4: Getting Started with Cubase LE is designed to help you start recording right away.

Chapter 5: Using the Control Panel shows you how to configure the IO|14/26.

Chapter 6: Hardware Direct Monitoring provides detailed instructions for using the IO1|14/26’s built-in digital mixer for low-latency audio monitoring.

Chapter 7: Getting In Deeper: Hardware covers a variety hardware issues such as cabling, using the IO|14/26’s insert jacks, and wiring up a home studio.

Chapter 8: Getting In Deeper: Recording discusses various recording methods and techniques and includes a special section for Cakewalk SONAR users.

Chapter 9: Troubleshooting provides various troubleshooting techniques in case of difficulty.

Technical Specifications covers a variety of technical information that technical users will want to know.

And at the end of this manual you’ll see a glossary of common terms and a page about the IO|14/26’s warranty.

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 IO|14 and IO|16 interfaces.

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