Mackie Firewire OPtion Card fot Onyx Mixer User manual

Mackie Firewire OPtion Card fot Onyx Mixer User manual
FIREWIRE OPTION CARD
for ONYX MIXERS
O W N E R ’ S
M A N U A L
ONYX FireWire Card
Important Safety Instructions
1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
7. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required
when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as powersupply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have
fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or
moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
8. This apparatus does not exceed the Class A/Class B (whichever is
applicable) limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as
set out in the radio interference regulations of the Canadian Department
of Communications.
ATTENTION — Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits
radioélectriques dépassant las limites applicables aux appareils numériques de
class A/de class B (selon le cas) prescrites dans le réglement sur le brouillage
radioélectrique édicté par les ministere des communications du Canada.
WARNING — To reduce the risk of fire or
electric shock, do not expose this apparatus
to rain or moisture.
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ONYX FireWire Card
Owner’s Manual
Table of Contents
Introduction............................................................................................4
System Requirements................................................................................................................5
A Note about Hard Drive Speed: ............................................................................................5
Installing the Onyx FireWire Card ....................................................6
Getting Started......................................................................................8
For the PC: Installing the Drivers and Control Panel........................................................ 8
For the Mac.................................................................................................................................16
Channel Assignments...............................................................................................................18
Hookup Diagrams................................................................................19
Tutorials .................................................................................................23
Live Sound Tutorial...................................................................................................................23
Studio Recording Tutorial ..................................................................................................... 28
Appendix A: Service Information....................................................34
Warranty Service.......................................................................................................................34
Troubleshooting........................................................................................................................34
Repair ...........................................................................................................................................35
Appendix B: Technical Info................................................................36
Onyx FireWire Card Specifications ......................................................................................36
Onyx FireWire Card Limited Warranty .........................................38
Don’t forget to visit our website at www.mackie.com for
more information about this and other Mackie products.
Part No. SW0133 Rev. A 6/04
©2004 LOUD Technologies Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Owner’s Manual
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ONYX FireWire Card
Introduction
Thank you for choosing to upgrade your Onyx mixing console with the Onyx
FireWire card. The FireWire interface allows you to stream up to 16 channels of
digital audio to your PC or Macintosh computer, where it shows up as 16 audio
input choices in your audio software application. The left and right mix is also sent
from the mixer to the computer, and appears as two additional input choices. You
can also send two channels of audio back to the Onyx mixer, which you can select
in the Control Room Source matrix for routing to the Phones, Control Room, or
Main Mix outputs.
You select the sample rate for the analog-to-digital converters in either the Onyx
Control Panel (for the PC) or directly from your DAW (for the Mac). The options
include 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, and 96 kHz at 24-bits.
The FireWire card has multiple 6-pin FireWire connectors. Each connector can
supply all 16 channels and the L/R mix, and having multiple connectors allows
you to connect the Onyx FireWire interface anywhere within a chain of FireWire
equipped devices.
It also has a small rotary knob that provides boost and cut for the L/R mix signal
being sent to your computer. Since the L/R mix signal that is sent to the FireWire
card is tapped prior to the Main Mix fader, this rotary knob gives you control over
the signal level going to your audio software application without affecting your
main mix level.
A CD-ROM is included with your FireWire card that contains the software to
install the necessary drivers. It also contains the full version of Tracktion, our easyto-use multitrack recording and sequencing software for the PC and Mac. Refer to
the installation instructions on the CD to install Tracktion on your computer.
Please write your purchase information here
for future reference (i.e., insurance claims, tech
support, return authorization, etc.)
Purchased at:
Date of purchase:
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ONYX FireWire Card
Owner’s Manual
System Requirements
These are the minimum requirements for your computer system to use the Onyx
FireWire interface.
For the PC:
• Windows XP (no earlier operating systems are supported)
• Pentium 4 or Athlon XP processor
• 256 MB RAM
For the Mac:
• OS X*
• G4 processor
• 256 MB RAM
* See www.mackie.com/OnyxFW_Update for information on compatible Mac OS X
operating systems.
A Note about Hard Drive Speed:
Most tower-style desktop computers have hard drives that spin at 5400
rpm or faster, which is generally fast enough to record 18 channels
without a problem. If you are experiencing difficulty recording all 18
channels at once, especially at 96 kHz, you may need to install a faster
hard drive (i.e., 7200 rpm).
Most laptops come with 4200 rpm drives. This will work fine if you are recording
fewer tracks at lower sample rates. However, if you are buying a laptop to use for
recording the maximum number of tracks, specify a faster drive. It may be possible
to replace a 4200 rpm drive with a faster one (preferably a 7200 rpm drive with an 8
MB cache), but you should check with the manufacturer to make sure.
Another option for either a desktop or laptop computer is to purchase an
external FireWire-equipped hard drive, again preferably a 7200 rpm drive with an
8 MB cache. This can be connected to one of the FireWire connections on the Onyx
FireWire card or directly to your computer and appears as an available drive to your
computer. Fast SCSI drives can be used as well.
Owner’s Manual
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ONYX FireWire Card
Installing the Onyx FireWire Card
Important: Although the Onyx FireWire Card
has a protective cover on both sides of the
card, it does contain static-sensitive components. Anti-static precautions are highly recommended before opening the anti-static bag
and handling the Onyx FireWire card. Use an anti-static wrist
strap when performing this installation. These are available
at most computer supply stores.
1.
Turn off the Onyx mixer and remove the AC linecord from the socket on the
rear panel.
2.
Remove the OPTION CARD blank plate on the rear panel by removing the
two screws using a #2 Phillips screwdriver. Save the screws for attaching the
FireWire card.
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Set the blank plate aside. You won’t need it again, unless you want to remove
the Onyx FireWire card sometime in the future. Then you’ll want to reinstall
the blank plate.
Remove the FireWire card from the anti-static bag. CAREFULLY line up the
connector on the ribbon cable with the connector on the back edge of the
FireWire card and slide the connectors together, taking care not to bend any
of the pins. Note that there is an alignment tab on the top of the ribbon cable
connector that must align with the top of the connector on the FireWire card.
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5.
Slide the FireWire card into the slot. There are two supporting “legs” on the
back of the card. Angle the back edge of the card upward so the legs clear the
edge of the slot in the back of the Onyx mixer. Line up the two holes in the
plate with the screw holes in the back panel.
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Secure the FireWire card in place with the two screws that previously held
the blank plate in place. Two more screws are provided with your FireWire
card. These go into the bottom of the Onyx mixer and secure the two supporting legs on the back of the card to the chassis.
7.
That’s it! Now go enjoy a nice cold one before proceeding to the next section.
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ONYX FireWire Card
Getting Started
For the PC:
When connecting the Onyx FireWire card to a PC, it is necessary to first install
the drivers and the control panel. The control panel allows you to set the sample
rate and adjust the latency (delay) of the audio passing through the FireWire card.
Do not connect the FireWire card to your computer yet! We’ll tell
you when it’s time to do that.
Installing the Drivers and Control Panel
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1.
Insert the CD provided with the Onyx FireWire card into your CD drive.
2.
Click "Start > Run > Browse" and navigate to the CD drive. Open the "Control
Panel" folder and double-click “Setup.exe.”
3.
Click "OK" in the Run window. The Mackie Onyx FireWire Driver Setup window opens. Click "Next" to continue or "Cancel" to close the setup program.
ONYX FireWire Card
The next window displays the Software License Agreement. Click "Yes" to accept the terms of the agreement.
5.
Next is the Destination Location window. We recommend that you install the
drivers in the default location, but you can click the Browse button to select a
different location. Click "Next" to continue.
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6.
The next window explains that the device drivers are ready to be installed.
Click "Next."
7.
This next window may open to warn that the software being installed has not
passed Windows Logo testing. Click "Continue Anyway."
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The next window tells you to connect the FireWire card to your computer.
NOTE: DO NOT CLICK EITHER BUTTON in this window yet!
9.
Turn on the Onyx mixer with the FireWire card installed, and the FireWire
cable (included) connected to the FireWire card and your computer.
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8.
Note: If you have two Onyx mixers with FireWire cards, just connect the first
one to your computer at this point. We’ll have to repeat this procedure again
for the second one. No more than two Onyx mixers can be used on the
FireWire bus.
10.
Wait a few seconds and the “Found New Hardware Wizard” opens. Select
“Install the software automatically” option (default) and click “Next.”
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11.
When the wizard indicates that the installation is finished, click “Finish.”
12.
The “Found New Hardware Wizard” opens again to install the Onyx
FireWire Sub C driver. Select “Install the software automatically” option,
and click “Next.”
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When the wizard indicates the installation is finished, click “Finish.”
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13.
Now, if you have a second Onyx mixer with a FireWire card installed, it is time to
connect it to your computer and turn it on. If your computer only has one FireWire
connection, you can connect the second FireWire card to one of the unused
FireWire connectors on the first FireWire card.
14.
Repeat steps 10 through 13 for the second mixer. This is necessary because
each FireWire card is assigned a unique device ID.
15.
After completing step 13 for the second mixer (or the first mixer, if you only
have one), click "I Completed the Above Steps" in the Mackie Onyx FireWire
Driver Setup window.
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16.
The “Found New Hardware Wizard” opens once again for the Onyx FireWire
WDM Audio installation. Select “Install the software automatically” option,
and click “Next.”
17.
This next window may open to warn that the software being installed has not
passed Windows Logo testing. Click "Continue Anyway."
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When the wizard indicates the installation is finished, click “Finish.”
Your new software is now installed and ready to use with any Windows XP ASIO
or WDM host application (i.e., Tracktion, Cubase, Sonar, Nuendo, Live, etc.).
19.
To open the Onyx FireWire Control Panel, click "Start > Programs > Mackie
Onyx > Onyx Control Panel." The Onyx Control Panel indicates that a connection is established with the Onyx FireWire Card(s), and allows you to adjust
the sample rate and the latency setting.
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18.
If using one Onyx mixer with a FireWire card:
The FireWire card should now appear as an 18x2 audio device available for any
DAW application that you have installed on your computer. If you are using an Onyx
1220, the FireWire card still appears as an 18x2 audio device, even though it only
has 12 channels plus L/R mix. Inputs 13 through 16 are not used.
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If using two Onyx mixers with FireWire cards:
It is necessary to turn on one mixer first, followed by the second mixer. They
appear sequentially as 36 inputs x 4 outputs. If you have one Onyx mixer that will
spend most of its time in the studio, always turn that one on first. Then it will always occupy the first 18 inputs, and the second mixer can occupy the last 18 inputs
only if you need it.
Important: When you are recording a session over a period of time,
it is important that you always power up the Onyx mixers in the
same order, so you retain the correct order of your inputs in the DAW
application.
For the Mac:
Although you do not need any special drivers from Mackie to use the FireWire
card on a Mac, you must have certain specific latest versions of OS X and FireWire
components. Go to www.mackie.com/OnyxFW_Update for details of what system
version and FireWire components are necessary. Once you have the latest system
software, simply connect the Onyx FireWire card to the FireWire connection on the
Mac and you’re ready to go with any Mac OS X Core Audio host application (i.e.,
Tracktion, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Live, Digital Performer, etc.)
Note: Due to the way the current OS X system drivers are designed, if you have
two Onyx mixers with FireWire cards installed, they cannot both be used within the
same application at the same time.
To verify that the Onyx FireWire card is recognized by the system:
1.
Go to the Applications folder and open the Utilities folder.
2.
Double-click “Audio MIDI Setup.”
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Click the Audio Devices tab, and select Onyx FireWire in the “Properties For”
drop-down box.
4.
Here you can change the sample rate used by your OS and applications.
5.
You can also choose to use the Onyx mixer as your default input or output, as
well as designate it to be used for system sound output.
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Channel Assignments
The following chart shows the order of the channels for each of the three Onyx
mixers as they appear in a DAW application.
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digital direct output for each channel, and the L/R Mix. The channel outputs
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EQ controls, or fader moves.
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Laptop via FireWire
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Monitoring
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musicians that can be adjusted quickly and easily by the engineer.
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Monitoring with Six Monitor Mixes
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Onyx 1620 Recording Multiple Keyboards and
Keyboard Synths directly to a Laptop
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Tutorials
We’re assuming at this point, that you have done the setup procedure described
on pages 8-17, so that the Onyx FireWire card is recognized by your computer and
communicating with your software application. We also assume you’ve installed
Tracktion (see the Onyx FireWire CD for directions). We’ll use the PC version of
Tracktion as the example software for this tutorial, but there shouldn’t be much
difference for you Mac users.
Live Sound Tutorial
Preliminary Steps
During the sound check, make sure all of the channels and mixer settings are set
up correctly, and the Onyx FireWire port is connected to the computer. Also make
sure the hard drive you want to record onto has plenty of free space for the entire
show (and has been defragmented recently).
Recording one minute of audio on one track at 44.1 kHz/24-bit takes
about 8 MB of hard drive space. Recording all 16 tracks for one hour
takes about 7.6 GB of hard drive space.
Recording
1.
Launch the Tracktion software on your PC or Mac. For more details about the
Tracktion software, press F12 on your keyboard, or click the Help button in
the lower left corner of the Tracktion screen.
2.
Click the New Project button.
New Project
Help!
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3.
Navigate to the location where you want to save your new project, enter a name
in the pop-up dialog box, then click Save. All of this project’s tracks, clips, and
edits are saved here by Tracktion, and new audio is recorded in the folder.
4.
“New edit #1” appears at the top of the item list. Do not be alarmed. An Edit
is Tracktion’s way of keeping everything related to your songs together. You
can rename the edit in the Properties panel at the bottom of the screen. See
Tracktion’s Help for more information.
5.
Click on the “settings” tab at the top of the Tracktion screen, click the “audio
devices” tab, and select Onyx ASIO Driver as the Wave device.
Sample Rate
Latency
6.
Make sure the correct sample rate appears in the sample rate box. To change the
sample rate on the PC, click the “show ASIO control panel” button to open the
Onyx FireWire Control Panel and make the changes there. Close the Onyx Control
Panel when finished. The change should reflect in Tracktion after a few moments.
If the change doesn’t update, click “restart device” in the Wave Device panel.
On the Mac version, simply select the sample rate you want to use in the
sample rate drop-down box.
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Make sure all of the inputs are enabled. If any of them say “disabled,” click it
to enable it.
8.
Reopen the Onyx Control Panel (click “show ASIO control panel). Just below
the sample rate box is the latency setting. Latency describes the amount of
time it takes for audio to get in and out of your software application. Since
you are not concerned with monitoring and overdubbing this live recording,
you can set the latency control high (all the way up). The higher the latency
setting, the more resources are available to your computer to handle the recording process. Select the highest latency setting in the Onyx Control Panel
and then close the control panel.
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7.
In the Mac version, adjust the latency slider directly in Tracktion.
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9.
Click on the “projects” tab, and double-click on “new edit #1” (or whatever you
have renamed your edit) to open the edit screen. This new project starts with
8 horizontal tracks, stacked vertically. You can add new tracks as you go along
by clicking the "tracks" button in the lower left corner and selecting "create a
new track," and you can rename them by selecting the track name and typing
the new name in the Properties panel at the bottom of the screen.
10.
Configure all the inputs and outputs as mono tracks by clicking on each input
arrow and deselecting the "treat as stereo pair" button in the Properties
panel. This creates 18 separate audio inputs in Tracktion. Move the input
arrows toward the tracks you want to assign them to (e.g., In 1 to Track 1).
When the arrow pops out and points to the track, it is assigned, armed, and
ready to record.
11.
Rename the first 16 tracks with the names of the connected instruments (e.g.,
kick, snare, keyboard, guitar, etc.). Click on the track name and rename it in
the properties area. Rename track 17 and 18 as L Main Mix and R Main Mix.
12.
Make sure each track is getting a good signal level on the input meter in
Tracktion. Make sure you have adjusted the GAIN control on your Onyx mixer
for each channel as recommended under "Set the Levels" in the "Getting
Started" section of the Onyx mixer's owner's manual. This will insure that you
are sending a good, strong signal out the FireWire card to your DAW. Click
each track’s input arrow to see the input meter in the properties area.
Also, adjust the MAIN MIX TRIM on the back of the FireWire card to get a
good signal from your stereo L-R mix. Use the input meter to verify that you
are not peaking.
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Click the Record button in the bottom right section of Tracktion to start
recording (or press the R key on the keyboard).
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14.
At the end of the show, you have 16 individual tracks from each channel (12 if
using an Onyx 1220), and the 2-track L/R mix from the board. You can give the
band the 2-track L/R mix to keep them happy, while reminding them that you
expect to be paid for the many hours you are going to spend mixing down and
mastering those 16 tracks to get a first-rate stereo recording.
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Studio Recording Tutorial
Preliminary Steps
Make sure all of the channels and mixer settings are set up correctly, and the
Onyx FireWire port is connected to the computer. Also make sure the hard drive
you want to record onto has plenty of free space for the entire session (and has
been defragmented recently).
Recording one minute of audio on one track at 44.1 kHz/24-bit
takes about 8 MB of hard drive space. Recording all 16 tracks for
one hour takes about 7.6 GB of hard drive space.
Recording
1.
Launch the Tracktion software on your PC or Mac. For more details about the
Tracktion software, press F12 on your keyboard, or click the HELP button in
the lower left corner of the Tracktion screen.
2.
Click the NEW PROJECT button.
New Project
Help!
3.
Navigate to the location where you want to save your new project, enter a name
in the pop-up dialog box, then click Save. All of this project’s tracks, clips, and
edits are saved here by Tracktion, and new audio is recorded in the folder.
4.
“New edit #1” appears at the top of the item list. Do not be alarmed. An Edit
is Tracktion’s way of keeping everything related to your songs together. See
Tracktion’s Help for more information. You can rename the edit in the Properties panel at the bottom of the screen.
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Click on the “settings” tab at the top of the Tracktion screen, click the “audio
devices” tab, and select Onyx ASIO Driver as the Wave device.
6.
Select the Main L output and make sure "treat as stereo pair" is selected in
the properties panel at the bottom of the screen. This links the left and right
outputs as a stereo pair so the individual tracks can be routed and panned
between the left and right outputs during overdubbing and mixdown.
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Sample Rate
Latency
7.
Open the Onyx FireWire Control Panel (Start > Programs > Mackie Onyx >
Onyx Control Panel) and set the sample rate and latency you want to use.
If your recording is going to be burned to a CD, you might want to select
44.1 kHz. Othewise, you can choose 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, or 96 kHz.
You want to choose the lowest latency setting that your computer will handle,
since you want to minimize the delay when the musicians are monitoring their overdubs. The lower the latency setting, the more resources are
demanded of your computer and the less is available for handling the actual
recording process. You may need to experiment with the latency setting to
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find the right balance between performance and monitoring delay. If you hear
pops, clicks, or distortion in the audio, increase the latency setting. You can
use the CPU bar in the lower right corner of Tracktion to monitor how much
CPU horsepower is available. If the CPU bar changes from green to red, you
are running out of resources and should increase the latency setting.
8.
Make sure the correct sample rate and latency settings appear in the settings
tab. If not, click "restart device" to update the settings (on the PC), or make
the changes directly in Tracktion (on the Mac).
9.
Make sure all of the inputs are enabled. If any of them say “disabled,” click it
to enable it.
10.
Click on the “projects” tab, and double-click on “new edit #1” (or whatever you
have named your new edit) to open the edit screen. This new project starts with
8 horizontal tracks, stacked vertically. You can add new tracks as you go along by
clicking the "tracks" button in the lower left corner and selecting "create a new
track," and you can rename them by selecting the track name and typing the
new name in the Properties panel (the default names are Track 1, Track 2, etc.).
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Configure all the inputs and outputs as mono tracks by clicking on each input
arrow and deselecting the "treat as stereo pair" button in the Properties
panel. This creates 18 separate audio inputs in Tracktion. Move the input
arrows toward the tracks you want to assign them to (e.g., In 1 to Track 1).
When the arrow pops out and points to the track, it is assigned, armed, and
ready to record.
12.
Rename the first 16 tracks with the names of the connected instruments (e.g.,
kick, snare, keyboard, guitar, etc.). Click on the track name and rename it in
the properties panel.
13.
Make sure each track is getting a good signal level on the input meter in
Tracktion. Make sure you have adjusted the GAIN control on your Onyx mixer
for each channel as recommended under “Set the Levels” in the “Getting
Started” section of the Onyx mixer’s owner’s manual. This insures that you are
sending a good, strong signal out the FireWire card to your DAW. Click each
track’s input arrow to see the input meter in the properties panel.
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You can monitor the recording by assigning all the channels to
the L/R mix on the Onyx mixer, and selecting MAIN MIX in the
CONTROL ROOM/PHONES SOURCE section. This provides
direct monitoring through a pair of monitors connected to
the Control Room Outputs. You can connect the Headphone
output to a headphone distribution amp to provide monitoring
for the musicians, as shown in the hookup diagram on page 20.
Click the Record button in the bottom right section of Tracktion to start recording (or press the R key on the keyboard).
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Overdubbing
Say you want the lead singer to add a second vocal part in harmony with the lead
part that you just recorded.
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it (assuming the vocalist’s mic is connected to channel 1 of the mixer). Unassign tracks 1-16 to disarm recording. You just want them to play back.
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Push the FIREWIRE button in the CONTROL ROOM/
PHONES SOURCE section of your Onyx mixer to hear
playback of the recorded tracks. Mute all the channels
except channel 1 (the overdub vocal part) on the Onyx
mixer.
3.
Click the Record button in the bottom right section of
Tracktion to start recording (or press the R key on the
keyboard). You can monitor the playback tracks and the
second vocal part in the studio monitors, while the vocalist monitors it through the headphones.
4.
You can continue to overdub parts in this manner, adding
as many tracks as necessary. Tracktion has no limit on the
number of tracks you can record. It’s dependent on the
amount of horsepower your computer has.
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CONTROL
ROOM/
PHONES
SOURCE
MAIN MIX
FIREWIRE
(OPTION)
ALT 3-4
TAPE
ASSIGN TO
MAIN MIX
For the mixdown part of the recording process, you can playback the tracks as
often as you like and make changes to the various parameters for each track (pan,
volume, effects, dynamics). These changes can be automated so that when you
have everything just right, all you have to do is hit Play, and your 2-track mixdown
is ready to record, just as you want it.
You can use the export feature in Tracktion to create a stereo WAV file of your
mix that you can use to burn to a CD. Click the "export" button and select "create
an audio file."
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Appendix A: Service Information
Warranty Service
Details concerning Warranty Service are spelled out in the Warranty section on
page 38.
If you think your Onyx FireWire card has a problem, please do everything you can to
confirm it before calling for service. Doing so might save you from the deprivation
of your Onyx mixer and the associated suffering.
Troubleshooting
No Audio into your Computer
•
Confirm that the Onyx mixer is receiving mic or line-level input signals (the
signal LEDs next to the fader should be lighting up).
•
Make sure the correct driver is selected in the DAW. In Tracktion, this is
selected in the Settings tab under Audio Devices.
•
If the mixer seems fine and you are using Tracktion, click Restart Device in
the Settings tab under Audio Devices. Other DAW software applications may
have a similar button.
•
In Tracktion, be sure the correct inputs are selected and the tracks are armed.
•
Restart your mixer and computer.
•
Reinstall the drivers from the CD.
Glitchy/Distorted Audio into your Computer
•
Increase the latency setting.
Tracktion: Click the Settings tab and then click Audio Devices. On the PC,
click the "show ASIO control panel" button and increase the latency setting.
On the Mac, increase the latency slider.
•
In other applications, find the control panel to increase the ASIO (PC) or
Core Audio (Mac) latency setting.
Inputs Reversed with Two Mixers
•
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Turn on the mixers in reverse order, exactly as you did when installing the
drivers.
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Repair
Service for Mackie products is available at our galactic headquarters, located in
sunny Woodinville, Washington. Service for Mackie products living outside the
United States can be obtained through local dealers or distributors.
If your Onyx FireWire card needs service, follow these instructions:
1.
Review the preceding troubleshooting suggestions. Please.
2.
Call Tech Support at 1-800-898-3211, 7 am to 5 pm PST, to explain the
problem and request an RA (Return Authorization) number. Have your Onyx
FireWire cards serial number ready. You must have an RA number before
you can obtain service at the factory. Tech Support will tell you where to
ship the product for repair.
3.
Pack the FireWire card in its original package, including endcaps and box.
This is VERY IMPORTANT. Mackie is not responsible for any damage that
occurs due to non-factory packaging.
4.
Include a legible note stating your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes),
daytime phone number, RA number, and a detailed description of the problem,
including how we can duplicate it.
5.
Write the RA number in BIG PRINT on top of the box. Units sent to us without the
RA number will be refused.
6.
We’ll try to fix the FireWire card within three to five business days. Ask Tech
Support for the latest turn-around times when you call for your RA number.
The mixer must be packaged in its original packing box, and must have the RA
number on the box. Once it’s repaired, we’ll ship it back the same way in which
it was received. This paragraph does not necessarily apply to non-warranty
repair.
Note: You must have a sales receipt from an Authorized Mackie Dealer to
qualify for a warranty repair.
Need Help?
You can reach a technical support representative
Monday through Friday
from 7 AM to 5 PM PST at:
1-800-898-3211
After hours, visit www.mackie.com and click Support,
or email us at: [email protected]
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Appendix B: Technical Info
Onyx FireWire Card Specifications
Mic In to FireWire Card to DAW, routed back to FireWire Card to Control
Room Output; all signal path gain stages set to unity
Frequency Response
+0, –3 dB, 10 Hz to 42 kHz @ 96 kHz sample rate
+0, –1 dB, 10 Hz to 20 kHz @ 44.1 kHz sample rate
Distortion (THD+N)
< 0.025%, 10 Hz to 40 kHz, +4 dBu input @ 96 kHz sample rate
< 0.015%, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +4 dBu input @ 96 kHz sample rate
< 0.010%, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +4 dBu input @ 44.1 kHz sample rate
Dynamic Range
> 98 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz @ 96 kHz sample rate
> 100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz @ 44.1 kHz sample rate
Main Mix Trim
+10 dB to –10 dB, unity detent
Dimensions
Height:
Width:
Depth:
Weight:
1.3 in/32 mm
8.8 in/222 mm
3.6 in/91 mm
8.3 oz./235 g
LOUD Technologies Inc. is always striving to improve our products by
incorporating new and improved materials, components, and manufacturing
methods. Therefore, we reserve the right to change these specifications at
any time without notice.
“Mackie.”, “Onyx,” and the “Running Man” are registered trademarks of
LOUD Technologies Inc. All other brand names mentioned are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective holders, and are hereby acknowledged.
©2004 LOUD Technologies Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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ONYX FireWire Card
Onyx FireWire Card Limited Warranty
Please keep your sales receipt in a safe place.
A. LOUD Technologies Inc. warrants all materials, workmanship and proper
operation of this product for a period of three years from the original date of
purchase. If any defects are found in the materials or workmanship or if the
product fails to function properly during the applicable warranty period, LOUD
Technologies, at its option, will repair or replace the product. This warranty
applies only to equipment sold and delivered within the U.S. by LOUD
Technologies Inc. or its authorized dealers.
B. Failure to register online or return the product registration card will not void
the three-year warranty.
C. Service and repairs of Mackie products are to be performed only at the
factory (see D below) OR at an Authorized Mackie Service Center (see E below).
Unauthorized service, repairs, or modification will void this warranty. To obtain
repairs under warranty, you must have a copy of your sales receipt from the store
where you bought the product. It is necessary to establish purchase date and thus
determine whether or not your Mackie product is still under warranty.
D. To obtain factory service:
1. Call Mackie Service at 800/898-3211, 7 AM to 5 PM Monday through
Friday (Pacific Time) to get a Return Authorization (RA). Mackie Service will
tell you where to ship the product. Products returned without an RA number
will be refused.
2. Pack the product in its original shipping carton. More information on
packing can be found in the Service section of this manual. Please seal the
Mackie product in a plastic bag.
3. Also include a note explaining exactly how to duplicate the problem, a copy
of the sales receipt with price and date showing, and your return street address
(no P.O. boxes or route numbers, please!). If we cannot duplicate the problem
or establish the starting date of your Limited Warranty, we may, at our option,
charge for service time.
IMPORTANT: Make sure that the RA number is plainly written on the
shipping carton.
E. To obtain service from an Authorized Mackie Service Center:
1. Call Mackie Service at 800/898-3211, 7 AM to 5 PM Monday through
Friday (Pacific Time) to get: 1) The name and address of your nearest
Authorized Mackie Service Center and 2) A return authorization (RA). You
must have an RA number before taking your unit to a service center.
2. Make sure that you have a copy of your sales receipt from the store where
you bought the product. If you can’t find it, the Authorized Service Center
may charge you for repairs even if your Mackie product is still covered by the
Three-Year Limited Warranty.
3. Make sure that the problem can be duplicated. If you bring your Mackie
product to an Authorized Service Center and they can’t find anything wrong
with it, you may be charged a service fee.
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4. If the Authorized Mackie Service Center is located in another city, pack
the mixer in its original shipping carton. More information on packing can be
found in the Service section of this manual.
5. Contact the Authorized Mackie Service Center to arrange service or bring
the Mackie product to them.
F. LOUD Technologies and Authorized Mackie Service Centers reserve the right
to inspect any products that may be the subject of any warranty claims before
repair or replacement is carried out. LOUD Technologies and Authorized Mackie
Service Centers may, at their option, require proof of the original date of purchase
in the form of a dated copy of the original dealer’s invoice or sales receipt. Final
determination of warranty coverage lies solely with LOUD Technologies or its
Authorized Service Centers.
G. Mackie products returned to LOUD Technologies and deemed eligible for repair
or replacement under the terms of this warranty will be repaired or replaced
within thirty days of receipt by LOUD Technologies. LOUD Technologies may use
refurbished parts for repair or replacement of any product. Products returned to
LOUD Technologies that do not meet the terms of this Warranty will be repaired
and returned C.O.D. with billing for labor, materials, return freight, and insurance.
Products repaired under warranty at the factory will be returned freight prepaid by
LOUD Technologies to any location within the boundaries of the USA.
H. LOUD Technologies warrants all repairs performed for 90 days or for the
remainder of the warranty period. This warranty does not extend to damage
resulting from improper installation, misuse, neglect or abuse, or to exterior
appearance. This warranty is recognized only if the inspection seals and serial
number on the unit have not been defaced or removed.
I. LOUD Technologies assumes no responsibility for the quality or timeliness of
repairs performed by Authorized Mackie Service Centers.
J. This warranty is extended to the original purchaser and to anyone who may
subsequently purchase this product within the applicable warranty period. A copy
of the original sales receipt is required to obtain warranty repairs.
K. This is your sole warranty. LOUD Technologies does not authorize any third
party, including any dealer or sales representative, to assume any liability on behalf
of LOUD Technologies or to make any warranty for LOUD Technologies Inc.
L. THE WARRANTY GIVEN ON THIS PAGE IS THE SOLE WARRANTY
GIVEN BY LOUD TECHNOLOGIES INC. AND IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER
WARRANTIES, EXPRESS AND IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES
OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE
WARRANTY GIVEN ON THIS PAGE SHALL BE STRICTLY LIMITED IN DURATION
TO THREE YEARS FROM THE DATE OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE FROM AN
AUTHORIZED MACKIE DEALER. UPON EXPIRATION OF THE APPLICABLE
WARRANTY PERIOD, LOUD TECHNOLOGIES INC. SHALL HAVE NO FURTHER
WARRANTY OBLIGATION OF ANY KIND. LOUD TECHNOLOGIES INC. SHALL
NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT FROM ANY DEFECT IN THE MACKIE PRODUCT
OR ANY WARRANTY CLAIM. Some states do not allow exclusion or limitation
of incidental, special, or consequential damages or a limitation on how long
warranties last, so some of the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to
you. This warranty provides specific legal rights and you may have other rights
which vary from state to state.
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Fax: 425.487.4337 • www.mackie.com
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