Topic: Running more than one microphone simultaneously

Hi, sorry if this has already been covered, I couldn't find it if so. I've been using the Babyface for a while, but only ever used one mic input. I recently wanted to run two condenser mics simultaneously but can't work out how to power both of them. The first is running through the analog channel, but I don't know how to activate the second. Sorry if the question is vague, would appreciate any help.

2 (edited by ramses 2018-09-22 10:10:51)

Re: Running more than one microphone simultaneously

Yes the question is a little bit vague, because I can not imagine, how you can come to a situation,
that you managed to enable the 1st mic but not the second, as its the same from the steps.

Maybe you should consult the fine manual, esp. chapter 9.6.

Basic stuff: you will read in the manual, that the breakout cable provides you 2 XLR inputs
that can be used for both, Mic and also as Line input (if you set it to 0dB).

So, to connect your 2nd Mic to "Analog 2 IN" isn't the issue, right ?! OK, next thing.

In TM FX you have in the upper row the Hardware Inputs. Analog 1 and Analog 2 is for connecting Mic/Line/Instr.
Usually these two channels are combined as Stereo channel, see pic in the handbook chapter 9.6, page 21.
Click to the "tool symbol" so that you see the channel settings like in the handbook.

If not already performed you should deselect the "Stereo Button" to get two Mono channels "AN1" and "AN2" IN.
Assumed that you have 2 different Mics and want to operate them in Mono and to perform settings for the Mics individually.
If you have 2 matched Mics and want to perform stereo recordings, in this case you would keep "AN1+2" IN in Stereo.

Click to the "tool symbol" of both channels AN1 and AN2 IN.

If your Mics are condenser Mics you need to enable Phantom Power by pushing "48V".

Then carefully raise the Mic Gain until you get a signal.

In terms of TM FX and routing.

1. ensure you are in submix mode (upper right, blue area)
2. click to i.e. the phones output fader (in bottom row of faders), then you see the submix for phones output

now raise lower the faders of any HW INPUTS and SW PLAYBACK channels, that you want to hear on phones, in this case:

3. Raise the faders of the "AN1 IN" and "AN2 IN" HW inputs, this adds the Mic signals to the submix for your phones HW output. Then you will hear signals coming from both mics in your phones.

In submix mode you can create such submixes for each HW output indivitually.

If you created a submix that you want to use more often, then you can safe it as snapshot and recall it at any time by clicking the snapshot button.

Additionally you should save the routings permanently to disk (Save Snapshot, Save Workspace, Workspace quick select).

RME explains TM FX in nice video tutorials and I wrote a TM FX primer for 1st use.
I am pretty sure both will support you to make the most out of TM FX.
Also the handbook is also very useful.

https://www.tonstudio-forum.de/blog/ind … rnal-equi/

https://www.tonstudio-forum.de/blog/ind … al-Videos/

https://archiv.rme-audio.de/download/bface_e.pdf Handbook EN
https://archiv.rme-audio.de/download/bface_d.pdf Handbook DE

BR
Ramses
X10SRi-F, Win10 Pro 1909, Cubase, UFX+, Octamic XTC, ADI-2 Pro FS BE/R BE, RayDAT, ARC USB

Re: Running more than one microphone simultaneously

Thanks for that. I think I've found the reason it wasn't working. My Line in R breakout cable I think is faulty. I wasn't getting any signal through it. When I ran an instrument through the instrument input on the Babyface module, I could simultaneously record both tracks...

Re: Running more than one microphone simultaneously

Good that you found it. Sorry, it sounded to me as if you have issues operating the unit.

BR
Ramses
X10SRi-F, Win10 Pro 1909, Cubase, UFX+, Octamic XTC, ADI-2 Pro FS BE/R BE, RayDAT, ARC USB