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Monitoring the mix

I've been digging through the forums for some ideas on monitoring for recordings and mixes.

Here's my planned setup so far:

Nuendo 3
2 PreSonus Firepods
Tascam US-2400
PC with WinXP Pro, Pentium D930, ASUS P5WD2-E Premium, more than enough ram, etc.

From doing my homework, I understand I could use the CR outs from a Firepod to monitor the actual recording - 1st question: when chaining 2 firepods, do you have to run from the CR outs on the second unit as well to hear those tracks?

2nd question: what's the best way to monitor my final mix? Would I still need to use the Firepods, or can I just go out from the audio ports on my PC. Although I don't need it for standard recording, I've got 8.1 capability on my PC, and I don't really need a large set of studio speakers. Even a small set of Yamahas or JBLs running 2.0 would be fine - IF that's what I should be doing. And with the US2400, I'd like to be able to see all 24 tracks without having to budget for another Firepod.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Thanks! JP

Comments

hueseph Wed, 05/17/2006 - 21:26
Ok, I'll bite.

when chaining 2 firepods, do you have to run from the CR outs on the second unit as well to hear those tracks?

No you set up your monitor outputs and all audio will be heard from there. It is similar to buses on a console with the exception that you can actually assign your stereo pair to any output you prefer to use as the main out. There are what 8 outs at the back of the firepod? This is so that you can assign each track in Nuendo to a corresponding output so that you can use a hardware mixer and effects in an actual reality kind of way as opposed to the virtual mixer/fx in Nuendo.

2nd question: what's the best way to monitor my final mix? Would I still need to use the Firepods, or can I just go out from the audio ports on my PC

Why would you want to do that? Why take the decent sound your getting via the Firepods and route them through the crappy on board sound card that you have or Soundblaster for that matter?

I've got 8.1 capability on my PC

You also have 8.1 capabilty in Nuendo and via the firepods. It's just a matter of making the investment for decent monitors.

US2400, I'd like to be able to see all 24 tracks without having to budget for another Firepod.

The tracks you "see" on the US 2400 are virtual. There is no actual routing of the Firepods outs to the US-2400. it is merely a control surface. If you need the actual outputs routed to a mixer, you will need to spend a bit of money.
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