Alesis MULTIMIX USB MULTITRACK SETUP User Manual

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MultiMix USB Multi-TrackRecording Setup

Part I: Connect the MultiMix USB and Configure Windows XP Part II: Configure your MultiMix USB Mixer

Part III: Configure Cubase LE in Windows XP

Part IV: Compatible Third Party ASIO Drivers for Windows XP

Welcome! Congratulations on your purchase of the MultiMix USB mixer from Alesis. This product allows you to record whatever you have plugged into your mixer into your computer. We have created this document as a guide in the configuration and setup with your PC. Before we begin, please note a few things that may help you better understand some of the basics with Multi-Trackrecording on a PC.

The MultiMix USB mixers utilize USB as the connection to the computer. USB is the physical connection between your mixer and the computer with the recording software of your choice. In the case of the Alesis MultiMix USB, we ship a fully functional version of Cubase LE from Steinberg.

Audio latency is a common issue with recording using computer audio interfaces. In the case of the MultiMix USB mixers, it is the time it takes for the signal to travel through the mixer, out of the mixer, into the computer, through the computer CPU, into the computer software and then back again. Latency is often described in milliseconds, (1000ths of seconds). This delay is a by product of recording into a computer through windows and not a fault of the audio devices connected to the computer. We have considered this, and offer a solution for Zero Latency Monitoring with the MultiMix USB.

Part I: Connect the MultiMix USB and Configure Windows XP

Installing and Configuring the MultiMix in Windows XP:

Setting up the MultiMix USB is very easy—allyou have to do is power up the mixer, then connect the USB cable from the mixer to the PC. Upon power up, your computer will automatically install the drivers needed for the MultiMix USB to be an audio choice. No software installation is necessary under Windows XP.

Maximizing Stability and Performance in Windows XP:

For better performance we recommend you set up Windows to route non-Cubasesounds to another sound output on your computer (most computers havebuilt-insound nowadays and you can routenon-Cubasesounds to that output). You can do this by following these instructions:

1. Open the Windows Control Panel.

2. Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices.

3. Next, click Sound and Audio Devices.

4. Click the Audio tab.

5.Under Sound Playback, select anythingOTHER than “USB Audio CODEC.” The “USB Audio CODEC” is your MultiMix Mixer and you don’t want to have your regular Windows sounds (i.e., the Windows BING! and other sounds from messaging, email, and other programs) being routed to the MultiMix. By selecting anythingother than “USB Audio CODEC,” you’re having Windows route all nonpro-audiosounds elsewhere and freeing up your MultiMix for recording purposes only. Doing this will increase stability and potentially improve sound quality.

Part II: Configure your MultiMix Mixer

You can set up your MultiMix USB mixer to monitor yourself without any latency.

Please note that there is a slight difference on how to do this on the MultiMix 8USB than the MultiMix 12/16USB. This Zero Latency Monitoring is extremely useful because it allows you to hear yourself while you’re recording without any irritating delayed echoes. To set up zero-latencymonitoring, follow these instructions:

MultiMix 8USB:

1.Turn down the LEVEL,MAIN MIX, andHDPH/CTRL RM knobs.

2.Make sure that the 2 TK TO CTRL ROOM button is DOWN and the2 TK TO MIX button is UP, otherwise you’ll hear feedback when you turn up theMAIN MIX knob later.

3.Connect the 2 TRACK OUT of the mixer to the2 TRACK IN with a stereo RCA cable.

4.Set each channel’s GAIN andLEVEL knobs so that you’re getting good level without lighting thePEAK indicator on the mixer.

The MAIN MIX knob now acts like a mastervolume knob for all your mic/line inputs. Adjust this knob until you’re getting good levels into Cubase.

The HDPH/CTRL RM knob now controls the loudness of your headphones (or studio monitors), but does not affect recording levels in Cubase. You can set this level to a comfortable setting (or even off) without affecting what gets recorded into Cubase.

MultiMix 12/16USB:

1.Turn down the HDPH/CTRL RM knob along with theLEVEL andMAIN MIX faders.

2.Make sure that the 2 TK TO HDPH/CTRL RMand MIX TO HDPH/CTRL RMbuttons are IN.

3.Set each channel’s GAIN knob andFADER so that you’re getting good level without lighting theCLIP indicator on the mixer.

The MAIN MIX fader on the lower right now acts like a mastervolume control for all your mic/line inputs. Adjust this fader until you’re getting good levels into Cubase.

The HDPH/CTRL RM knob controls the levels of your headphones (or studio monitors), but does not affect recording levels in Cubase. You can set this level to a comfortable setting (or even off) without affecting what gets recorded into

Cubase.

Part III: Configure Cubase LE in Windows XP

1. Open Device Setup under theDevices menu.

2.Under the Devices column, clickVST Multitrack. Then open theASIO Driver drop down menu.

3. Select “ASIO DirectX Full Duplex Driver.”

4. Click OK to exit. Cubase is now routing audio to your MultiMix mixer.

When recording, please remember the following to avoid a delay when using Zero Latency Monitoring with the MultiMix USB mixers.

5.Record-Enablea track in Cubase LE and make sure input monitoring is turned off in the program (if input monitoring is on, you’ll hear a delayed echo of your voice or instrument because of computer latency.)

Part IV: Compatible Third Party ASIO Drivers for Windows XP

In some cases, the regular built-indriver for audio in Windows XP may still have some latency issues. In these cases you may want to try using 3rd party ASIO drivers.

Some examples of tested ASIO you can download are available on these websites.

http://www.asio4all.com/ http://usb-audio.com/

These companies are not affiliated with Alesis, but do offer Windows XP ASIO drivers that work with the MultiMix Mixers with USB. Please contact them for specific questions relating to their software and your computer.