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Midas Venice and Live - Questions!

Discussion in 'Recording' started by hima, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. hima

    hima Active Member

    So as part of 2013's plan to get OTB as much as possible I got myself a Midas Venice F24. It's my first ever mixing console and I wanted to make sure to get the best I could.

    It is awesome. I'm running a 12U Euro set-up into it plus a Tanzbar and a few synths. As a purely analog solution it is great. But I don't have the same kind of hardware effects as I do plug-ins and so I want to make use of the firewire with Live.

    I previously had a Saffire Pro 40 AI so it was no problem getting Live to recognise the Midas and to route strips to channels in Live. But I do have some issues...

    I won't lie, this is seriously challenging to me. I feel a bit out of my depth. duh

    Adjusting the faders on the Midas doesn't affect the volume of a channel in Live. That doesn't seem right.

    Can I get my soundcard's audio out to the Midas? I'm beginning to suspect I still need to use an AI, but as the Saffire is also firewire and I only have one firewire in, will a firewire hub suffice? Even if it's apparently 2 FW inputs, they are just the same port and shared bandwidth... right?

    Is it possible to route the master from the Midas into Live?

    If you can share your knowledge that would be awesome!
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Congratulations on getting a Midas Venice! The original Venice was about the best-sounding console in its price range I have had the pleasure of mixing on. With the recent Midas change of ownership, one has to trust that both the audio and production quality remain unchanged from that of the products made by the earlier company.

    In the Venice, the digital output is taken from the same point as the analog Direct Output. In the default configuration, this is switchable on the panel between pre-EQ and post-EQ, both of these being pre-fader. This means that the channel faders do not affect the digitised signal level, as you have found out. However, by changing an internal jumper on each channel (the "Post Fade Link"), the post-EQ setting can be turned into a post-fader setting. In this latter position, the digitised level is taken after the channel fader. My personal opinion is that I think you would have to have a very good reason for wanting to change the links, as you should be recording raw signals and then applying level changes in the mix.

    Any Venice input channel can be switched to receive its signal from FireWire instead of from a pre-amp. You should not need to use any other soundcard if you patch the FireWire ins and outs on the Venice appropriately.

    The 2-track mix output can be sent to FireWire by using the right-hand button on the output section to replace the FireWire of the highest-numbered stereo output. For further information, see Ch7 in the Venice F manual.
  3. hima

    hima Active Member

    thank you very much for the reply. that really helps clear things up for me. i get the sense you don't own one yourself so that makes this all the more impressive! i might have to hit you up with one or two more question sin the future but i'm gonna try muddle through things on my own for a while.
  4. hima

    hima Active Member

    so next, question. it comes in five parts :)
    lets say i have tracks 1 - 4 as a small kit. they're all going into stereo. and i can hear them out my master, no problems.

    but if i switch them to mono and raise the mono fader (yellow) i get nothing. what am I doing wrong?
    then, the groups and aux. i'm a bit confused on these.

    if we go back to tracks 1- 4... they set to stereo and i get them out my master. if i route the tracks to group 3, then set that to override stereo channel 19/20, in Ableton's Live they only come in the left. i have to route to group 4 as well for stereo. that right? i lost my panning and have no way to get it back as far as i can see. Surely sending something to a group shouldn't do that?
    i have my faders on tracks 1 - 4 set to unity. my group fader is at it's base. when i listen through my master, i still get the full volume of tracks 1 - 4. Surely the group fader should now control their unified volume and it should be silent?

    if i slide the faders on group 3 & 4 up, i see the meter led's light up, but there is no effect on volume.
    ok, last one. 8O

    aux. i dial in some aux on tracks 1 - 4 using aux 1 & 2. I override stereo 17/18 with the aux 1 & 2. I see the signal arrive in Live. But it doesn't show up at my master out on the desk.

    one thing worth noting is that in none of the above instances do i see any action on the fader meters for the stereo channels.

    I'm sure there's something pretty basic i'm not getting here. any pointers would be great.

  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Whew! There's quite a lot here, and I can't answer it all in detail at the moment, but I'll give a few pointers. Also, I don't own a Venice, so I'm having to speak from memory.

    The mono bus feeds only the Mono Master output and (via matrix faders) the Matrix1 and Matrix2-buses. Where were you monitoring when you said you get no mono output?

    A group, like an Aux, is only mono. You need to use a pair of them for stereo.

    When sending tracks to a group, you should not send them to the stereo master as well. Make sure the Stereo button is raised on all the channels you send to a group.

    Volume out of where? If you have the Stereo buttons depressed on each channel, you will be hearing those channels through the main mix rather than through the groups.

    Auxes are not routed to the master buses. They are meant to be a way of getting an independent mix out to a stage monitor or to an effects unit.

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