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Behringer X32
Old 14th May 2017
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I tweeted Uli with the same question a couple of weeks ago. He was kind enough to reply but not with any more details. He said "Stay tuned"
Old 5th June 2017
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Did anybody compare x-usb vs x-madi regarding latency? I think about buying a RME Madiface Pro and the x-madi to make the system more performant for plugin use.
Old 6th June 2017
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Has anyone tried external clocking via the madi card (or other) to see if there any gains like on Yamaha desks?
I was thinking ---> AES out to an external converter clocked --> word clock thu the card ---> PA system.
Old 11th June 2017
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Has anyone tried external clocking via the madi card (or other) to see if there any gains like on Yamaha desks?
I was thinking ---> AES out to an external converter clocked --> word clock thu the card ---> PA system.
Anyone?
Old 12th June 2017
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Did anybody compare x-usb vs x-madi regarding latency? I think about buying a RME Madiface Pro and the x-madi to make the system more performant for plugin use.
Hello, I bought a Madi card for my Midas M32r to supplement my SSL Alphalink/MadiXtreme setup & it works perfectly, haven't compared latency with stock USB Card but I'm pretty sure it's better, MADI vs USB no contest I would say!
I clock it from a Big Ben master word clock!
I hope this helps
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Old 13th June 2017
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Hello, I bought a Madi card for my Midas M32r to supplement my SSL Alphalink/MadiXtreme setup & it works perfectly, haven't compared latency with stock USB Card but I'm pretty sure it's better, MADI vs USB no contest I would say!
I clock it from a Big Ben master word clock!
I hope this helps
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thanks, I now bought a x-madi card myself (and a RME madiface pro). I get about half the latency settings before crackles come in due to better RME drivers.
Old 13th June 2017
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thanks, I now bought a x-madi card myself (and a RME madiface pro). I get about half the latency settings before crackles come in due to better RME drivers.
Hey mate, with all due respect ✊ if your getting crackles I would think the issue is not due to the RME having better drivers, if the drivers are 'better' (not sure what this actually means) wouldn't your system work better or correctly at least (take this light heartedly but also true!)

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Old 15th June 2017
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well I've got 20 Tracks with some plugins running at 128 samples perfectly with the RME madiface in a live context. With some lighter projects I even get 64 samples running. Using X-USB card I get it work with 256 only.
Old 16th June 2017
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Hey mate, with all due respect ✊ if your getting crackles I would think the issue is not due to the RME having better drivers, if the drivers are 'better' (not sure what this actually means) wouldn't your system work better or correctly at least (take this light heartedly but also true!)

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I think what he meant was that he can reduce the latency (in samples) using MADI compared to using USB. Crackles are the indication that you've gone too far.
Old 24th June 2017
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Am I the only one here who DETESTS trying to mix 32 channels with 16 faders? Doing button-selected, one-at-a-time channel adjustments is one thing, but actually MIXING more than 16 channels with only 16 faders seems EXACTLY like operating with one hand tied behind your back!

Yeah, I can see it in a professional road-show where all the channels are pre-assigned and even pre-set for gain, EQ, effects, etc. And the show (or at least the songs) are the same all season and the operator is an professional with years of experience in daily operation.

But selling these things into churches, et.al. where you are dealing with semi-skilled volunteers and the program is changing in Real-Time just seems like driving on the edge of disaster. Not to mention extensive training to get operators up to speed. Especially when they may work only one weekend a month (or a quarter). And ongoing training when volunteers are replaced with new people.

I am working with a video production upgrade in a church where some guitar shop came in and bamboozled the amateur "audio" guys to scrap their perfectly good, high-end, 32-channel desk and replace it with a Behringer X32 "because it's DIGITAL!". NONE of the whizzy digital features will actually solve ANY of the problems they are currently having because they are operational and acoustical.

And they want us (video) to install a second X32 for video/recording mix because it is SOOO convenient to just couple them together with a Cat5 cable. Which is true enough. But the thought of switching banks back and forth and back and forth just seems like insanity to me. We may still install mic-level splitters and take our feeds at mic level. Maybe we can just use the perfectly good 32 channel desk they are discarding. That'll baffle them.
Old 24th June 2017
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Am I the only one here who DETESTS trying to mix 32 channels with 16 faders? Doing button-selected, one-at-a-time channel adjustments is one thing, but actually MIXING more than 16 channels with only 16 faders seems EXACTLY like operating with one hand tied behind your back!

Yeah, I can see it in a professional road-show where all the channels are pre-assigned and even pre-set for gain, EQ, effects, etc. And the show (or at least the songs) are the same all season and the operator is an professional with years of experience in daily operation.

But selling these things into churches, et.al. where you are dealing with semi-skilled volunteers and the program is changing in Real-Time just seems like driving on the edge of disaster. Not to mention extensive training to get operators up to speed. Especially when they may work only one weekend a month (or a quarter). And ongoing training when volunteers are replaced with new people.

I am working with a video production upgrade in a church where some guitar shop came in and bamboozled the amateur "audio" guys to scrap their perfectly good, high-end, 32-channel desk and replace it with a Behringer X32 "because it's DIGITAL!". NONE of the whizzy digital features will actually solve ANY of the problems they are currently having because they are operational and acoustical.

And they want us (video) to install a second X32 for video/recording mix because it is SOOO convenient to just couple them together with a Cat5 cable. Which is true enough. But the thought of switching banks back and forth and back and forth just seems like insanity to me. We may still install mic-level splitters and take our feeds at mic level. Maybe we can just use the perfectly good 32 channel desk they are discarding. That'll baffle them.
how many faders can you move with two hands? You really do get used to it, and a little thinking ahead minimizes the need to switch layers.
Old 24th June 2017
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Am I the only one here who DETESTS trying to mix 32 channels with 16 faders? Doing button-selected, one-at-a-time channel adjustments is one thing, but actually MIXING more than 16 channels with only 16 faders seems EXACTLY like operating with one hand tied behind your back!
Try it with just 8 faders ! I'm talking about recording mixdown, not live, but the problems are similar....suddenly you're wrangling 3 or 4 or more banks of 8 (or 16) !

If you can create folders or subgroups of instruments/voices it can be suddenly rendered a lot easier...you can have, say vocals (back ground), guitars, keys, individual drum mics, all as single group faders...and able to unfold each group for individual tweaks as you go. So, for most of the show you're using just 4 or 5 faders of groups..plus perhaps another dedicated to the lead vocal(s)

My problem has been convincing the hardware to recognize just these groups..and not all of the underlying inputs....that seems to be the hard part. You'd want to be able to selectively direct the mixer to consider the underlying tracks when tweaking's required, but ignore them otherwise (and just leave you with those 4 or 5 or so groups).

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Old 5th August 2017
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So how would this work in a typical rock band scenario? Been a while since I've used a mixing console so bear with me..

I'd have 8 tracks for drums (HH, Snare, Kick, Tom 1,2,3, OH 1 (stereo), Room (stereo)) and 4 for vocals, 4 for guitars (R, Lead) and 2 for bass and a couple for synth. Then I'd have one stereo Aux / send / FX / bus (all in one) for each of the instruments bar vox which would hit it's own send.. So in total I'd need 18 mono and 6 stereo faders all with effects applied to them..

Whilst looking about I read the following "The Behringer X32 digital mixer sports an onboard virtual FX rack that gives you eight true-stereo (16 mono) multi-effects processors" This somehow doesn't seem to tally up??

So is there something I'm missing here?
Old 5th August 2017
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how many faders can you move with two hands?
TWICE as many as with one hand!

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You really do get used to it,
Like getting used to losing one hand in a freak chain-saw incident.

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and a little thinking ahead minimizes the need to switch layers.
Yes, I agree, that is the theory. But it all goes out the window when the "talent" decides as they are coming on-stage: "Here Agatha, use this green microphone because it matches your dress." There goes all the pre-planning.
Old 7th August 2017
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Am I the only one here who DETESTS trying to mix 32 channels with 16 faders? Doing button-selected, one-at-a-time channel adjustments is one thing, but actually MIXING more than 16 channels with only 16 faders seems EXACTLY like operating with one hand tied behind your back!
Many people today have never had the pleasure of mixing on a full size professional analogue console, and don't know what they're missing. And a rack full of outboard where everything is always visible and within reach, without having to press any buttons or scroll around. In fact, with a proper analogue set-up, everything is visible and handy at all times. You don't have to lose sight of one thing to see or adjust another thing. It's always all right there in front of you.
And, I use many fingers when mixing, sometimes all ten. That's what faders are for. But on a 16-fader digital console, I sometimes can only use one hand to mix, because the other hand is pushing buttons.
Old 8th August 2017
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Na, from someone that cut my teeth on BIG.. Soundcraft, Calrec, Yamaha, MCI, Neve, SSL consoles used for broadcast and TV OB's. Give me a digital console any day.
The multi level layout of digital consoles take a different mind set than an analogue console but the internal routing, flexibility and digital multicore stage boxes are just awesome.......
DANTE, MADI, AES...... Love it.
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