M-Audio "Duo" ?



Ok…admittedly I am a rank recording beginner, and need some direction with a hardware / software compatibility issue. I play in a little local band and we do some home studio recording on a M-Audio Delta 1010 using Cool Edit Pro 2. This is great for the band but I want to have “noodling” capability and a song development tool in my house. For simplicity’s sake I’d like to use M-Audio’s lower end version of the Delta 1010, which is the “M-Audio Duo” USB Audio Interface, and use Cool Edit in conjunction with it. In doing some research I found that it has a good pre-amp and lots of nice features but it doesn't allow you to monitor your recording inputs through Cakewalk Pro, Sonar or more importantly Cool Edit Pro.
I called M-Audio and a guy there told me that I couldn’t overdub (and actually hear the input signal) because Cool Edit Pro uses MME Drivers. He suggested that I change to Cubase or something similar which uses ASIO Drivers (by the way I’m on an IBM Thinkpad with Windows 2000 Pro). So does anyone know of a non-getto way of getting around this, sticking with Cool Edit? All I want to do is to record, then overdub, and hear the recorded playback simultaneously with what I’m recording. I have yet to figure out if there areplug-insfor Cool Edit Pro adjusting to ASIO drivers, and if this is available would that cause latency issues?


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May 12, 2003
You should be able to accomplish this with a small mixer. If you buy a decent one, even a mackie or small yamaha mixer would give you an okay pre, and allow you to mix the source signal with your mix.


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Mar 20, 2003

I am guessing that everyone who says it cannot be done is referring to monitoring through the computer. This is where your input goes into the computer, is processed and then spit back out with the prerecorded music.

I would imagine you could monitor what you were recording directly though the card with the prerecorded stuff as long as you did not mind what you were currently recording coming back to you dry (with no effects.)

I just checked their site and it says it has " • Zero-latency direct monitoring, greatly simplifying the process of recording and overdubbing. "

So the Direct monitoring is what i am talking about... your prerecorded stuff is coming from the computer, while the stuff you are currently recording is going into the input and right back out for you to monitor...

I think you will be set with this rig for what you are trying to do.