Getting signal from an outboard preamp to Pro Tools

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Ben_upr, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. Ben_upr

    Ben_upr Guest

    I am having trouble getting any signal from my Firestudio 26/26 to my Digi 003 control surface. I have it connected via a firewire cable plugged into the back of the 003, as well as lightpipe. The Firestudio CPL software recognizes that the preamp is connected, and even the Pro Tools Le software shows that I have eight ADAT inputs. As far as word clock is concerned, I made the Firestudio a slave to the 003. Did I miss something very crucial in the installation process?

    Thank you,
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    If the .pdf user manual for the Firestudio 26/26 on the Presonus website were not corrupted, I would be able to answer this relevant question: are you sure you can configure the Firestudio to route its pre-amp outputs to the ADAT lightpipe? If that's possible, have you done so?

    My guess is that the routing defaults to the Firestudio ADAT outputs to be connected to the FireWire output from the computer. When you run a lightpipe from this output to the Digi ADAT input, PTLE will see something connected, but it has no way of knowing anything about the internal Firestudio routing.

    As for clocking, you can indeed make the Firestudio a slave to the 003, but you would need to have an incoming digital connection to make this work: either a lightpipe connected from the 003 ADAT output to the Firestudio ADAT input, or an S/PDIF coax in the same direction. However, I would suggest clocking the 003 from the incoming ADAT from the Firestudio.
  3. Ben_upr

    Ben_upr Guest

    I have routed the signal to the ADAT out by using the CPL software and have also clocked the 003 from the Firestudio, but PTLE is still getting no signal. Could have something to do I/O settings under the setup menu? If so, how can I set it up?
  4. natural

    natural Active Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    Usually both products include various connection setups in their manuals. What do they say in regards to your particular setup?
  5. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    You'll definitely have to set up the routing in ProTools if you haven't already.
  6. Ben_upr

    Ben_upr Guest

    Both manuals confirm that my setup is possible. The Firestudio is able to route its preamp signals to the ADAT out by using the CPL software. The Pro Tools manual declares that it is capable of recieving signal from an outboard device, as long as it is ran through the 003 first.

    In order to set up the routing in Pro Tools, I think I must go to Setup>I/O>Input tab, but after that I'm not entirely sure what to do. Its graph shows eight optical ADAT input slots. Is there some way to activate it or something?

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