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Mackie ProFX8 V1

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by Steven Heidstrom, Apr 5, 2020.

  1. Steven Heidstrom

    Steven Heidstrom Active Member

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    Hi,

    I have a Mackie ProFX8 V1.

    My problem is that my MacBook just can't see it in Audacity.

    Would anybody be able to help?

    Many thanks.
     
  2. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

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    Does it show up in your audio devices?

    What kind of recording are you doing? Perhaps GarageBand would be a better free option. Or try Reaper.
     
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  3. Steven Heidstrom

    Steven Heidstrom Active Member

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    Downloaded Reaper and Logic Pro and tried both of them, neither could see the mixer.

    As a test, I hooked it up to my Windows PC, downloaded and installed the latest drivers from Mackie and isntalled Reaper.

    Followed a youtube on setting up devices in Reaper and it still can't see it!!

    I'm thinking something wrong with the unit.

    Gonna try this method and see if I can get it hooked up that way ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be1e0QPIPK0&list=PL-Z97SS3tU3Bxe_3kW-tbaxsSdlnrBS5m&index=2
     
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

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    With the USB connected and the Mackie turned on, does it show up as an Input or Output option in the Sound control panel of your Mac's System Preferences?

    If not, it won't really matter what DAW you're running. If you haven't already, try a known working USB cable. If it's still not working, I'd agree there's probably something wrong with the Mackie's USB function.

    Good luck.
     
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  5. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    This is what i was thinking.
     
  6. Steven Heidstrom

    Steven Heidstrom Active Member

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    Doesn’t show up anywhere and tried different usb leads, still no luck.

    Hooked up a line6 toneport and that showed up straight away using the same leads.
     
  7. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Well-Known Member

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    The last ProFX8 that someone brought to me for investigation had a blown USB driver. It looks as though the ProFX8 may have poor protection, particularly against being plugged into a laptop (both Mac and Windows). Since the power supplies for these types of computer are usually not grounded at the mains plug, there can be a spark discharge to the first grounded piece of gear that is plugged into the laptop. If the plugged-in piece of equipment does not have discharge protection at its USB connector, it can blow the driver.
     
  8. Steven Heidstrom

    Steven Heidstrom Active Member

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    is it fixable?

    thanks.
     
  9. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Well-Known Member

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    Yes, probably, if it is that fault. They are not easy bits of gear to work on.
     
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