Topic: Snapshots and Mic Gains
I have a question about the snapshot's possibilities.
I'm about to buy some Fireface UC and ARC USB to renew the equipment of speak recording configurations.
I know some of the RME Interfaces. I own a Fireface 800 and a Fireface 400 since a lot of time, so I'm used to Totalmix. What is new with the UC is that Totalmix is controlling the Mic Gain. I think this is the source of my problem.
I would like to have this input/output configuration :
Mic 1 : Vocal booth mic
Mic 2 : Talkback mic
Output 1-2 : Speakers Out
Output 3-4 : Line out, connected to a headphones amplifier, in the vocal booth
Output 7-8 : Default phones output, in front of the Fireface, for the operator
I would like to configure the ARC USB to recall two snapshots :
Snapshot 1 : Op and artist are hearing the same thing, DAW Output 1-2 is routed to Output 1-2, Output 3-4 and Output 7-8
Snapshot 2 : Op and artist are not hearing the same thing, DAW Output 1-2 is routed to Output 1-2 and 7-8, Daw Output 3-4 is routed to Output 3-4
Doing this is very simple, as far as I know, but since Totalmix is controlling the Mic Gain, here comes the problem :
If I switch between Snapshot 1 and 2, the mic gain is resetting... (I would like to use the Mic Pre 2 for the talkback, but this is not a problem, I can set the gain equally between snapshot 1 and snapshot 2).
I thought about many solutions :
1) Downgrade Fireface Firmware to an older one, when the gain settings were in Fireface Setup and not in TotalMix
Pros : I can switch between snapshot 1 and 2 without changing the mic gain
Cons : I cannot use the ARC USB to control the mic gain
2) Use two separates output for artist headphones output
Pros : I don't have to switch between snapshots anymore. I can use the ARC USB to control the mic gain.
Cons : I have to physically unplug and replug the headphones to hear a different source in the vocal booth
3) Don't use the integrated Mic Pre.
Pros : I can switch between headphones sources without changing the gain.
Cons : One mic pre is not in use, and ARC USB has one fonction less
4) Change for another monitor controller, with a headphones source
I don't want that. The abilitty to reset Totalmix to a saved state is a clear benefit, so I can reset the configuration between two operators, and even reset it with network remote control.
So, I have now two questions :
- I know that there is some recall safe options when selecting a snapshot. I didn't saw Mic Gains. Is there an option elsewhere for this ?
- Which solution would you chose, if the answer to question one is "no" ?
Thanks a lot for reading, and maybe answering,
Setup 2 : OS X - Fireface 400