d.panagiotidis wrote: mkok wrote:
I’m new to this also as far as ADAT is concerned but it’s not hard. First I would recommend you connect with two optical cables so you can use the Babyface as master. On the ada8200. Set sync to ADAT. You must have the Babyface ADAT out connected to the ada8200 ADAT in. So this gives you the ada8200 syncing to the Babyface which is the best way. If you only have optical from out of the ada8200 to the Babyface then the Babyface will have to be set to external sync and the ada8200 set to the butyrate you want to use. As I said I recommend using both in and out so the Babyface can be master and this also gives you an extra 8 outputs.
I’m not going to go through TotalMix as there is nothing really new. You will see all the inputs and outputs as you see the Babyface ins and outs. Use them the same. AS1/2 is actually ADAT 1/2 and then the rest are as named. You set the gain on the front of the ada8200 and in your DAW (I don’t use logic. I have Cubase so I don’t know how they appear) you choose which input you want to record from. You will also have the option of which output to use.
I think it should be the other way round...
mkok has correctly stated that a 2nd TOSLINK connection would be better
- from ADA8200 to BBF and
- from BBF to ADA8200
- BBF can be clock master
- ADA8200 learns clock automatically (from what you select in the DAW for the project)
- you can not only use the Mic inputs of the ADA8200 but also send Audio to the analog outputs of ADA8200
To configure the BBF as clock master you need to open the RME driver settings.
Set clock source to "internal", this makes the BBF to act as clock master.
To configure the ADA8200 as clock slave (to learn clock from optical), you need to set the SLAVE jumper on the back of the ADA8200 to "ADAT IN".
In terms of TM FX and routing.
Operation is easiest by using submix mode.
TM FX has three rows
- HW inputs (audio from the physical hw inputs on your recording interface or through ADAT)
- SW playback channels (audio from the applications of your computer)
- HW outputs (the outputs of your recording interface)
The objective is to route Audio coming from HW inputs (top row) and from SW Playback channels / your computer (middle row) as you need.
Everyting starts best by hitting the "Assign" button and to bring some HW outputs into the control room with the aim to make typical control room functions useable for these outputs: e.g.
- AN1/2 for "Main Out" and
- AN3/4 for "Phones 1"
To create the submix / the routing for AN1/2 ("Main Out") where your monitors are connected to
you simply select the HW Output "Main Out" in the control room section with your mouse,
then you need to raise the faders of
- HW inputs (top row)
- SW Playback ch (middle row)
as you need.
This way you create for 1st routing, to route some audio to Main out.
You should save this routing once its ready to e.g. Snapshot 1 and rename this Snapshot to "Monitors".
The same procedure for the Phones output.
Click to the HW Output Phones1 in the TM FX control room.
Configure your submix, save it to Snapshot2.
Now you can immediately switch between Monitors and Phones.
Save this configuration
- TM FX: File -> Save Snapshot As
- TM FX: File -> Save Workspace As
Additionally save snapshot and workspace together in a so called quick workspace select slot (in total 30 available).
Then you can quickly access the setting by pressing ALT-1 (to recall everything from there).
But saving it to single files on your machine is advised as well, so that you can load this again, when having a completely fresh setup (reinstallation of your computer, ...).
Next thing to look at is volume levels.
I would recommend you to set the volume on your monitors to lowest levels, so that even 0dB do not hurt too much.
You can use passive attenuators, that do not change the sound, but allow you to dampen the volume by 20 or 30dB.
This avoids any potential hassles in terms of
- power-on noise
- double click to a TM FX output fader by accident which might bring back 0dB (could be LOUD!)
Also a good idea is, to save a required lower volume level to these Monitor and Phones snapshots in totalmix.
So whenever you recall such a preset, that it has a comfortably volume level.
Also helpful is to configure this TM FX settings in preferences (F2):
Do not load "--"
-> Device Handling
[x] Always init DSP devices with TotalMix FX settings
This ensures after power on and login, that TM FX will restore the last settings on your connected recording interface including the proper volume level.
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