Topic: New UFX firmware with USB Recording - public alpha
This is for UFX users only!
The firmware of the UFX which supports recording via the front USB connector is now available for public testing. Please note that we declare this not a beta, but an alpha version. Do not use this one on a production system and with sensitive data. If you need to make money with our hardware - don't fool around, use what works, stay safe!
If you want to test the recording - and we are very happy about any feedback that we get - download the Mac or Windows flash tool and update the unit's DSP firmware to version 1.25:
Also make sure to use the latest drivers with the latest TM FX, v 0.93 or higher.
How does it work?
The USB recording comes up when pressing the Level Meter key left of the display. This function has turned out to be obsolete, so has been replaced. You get a self-explanatory Record/Playback screen, and turning encoder 1 an additional USB Memory screen.
Plug in a USB stick or USB hard drive to the front USB port. They have to be formatted as FAT32 before. We tested up until 500 GB. Such a big disk needs a few seconds to be read in and intialized, which can be seen on the recording page.
The channels to be recorded are selected in the channels menu, you find an entry 'Record' in every input and output channel. Indeed you should be able to record all inputs and outputs at the same time, 60 channels, if your memory is quick enough. Makes no real sense, but recording many inputs and a simple downmix of these at the same time sure makes sense, so...
You will also find an entry 'Play Channel' in every input and output channel. Yes, you can play back the recorded data directly at the outputs, but also into the top of the mixer and then apply the whole TM FX to it. 0 means off, 1 and up is the channel number of the recording.
It is also possible to play back usual wav files (your favorite music...) that you had copied to the stick before, just try it.
All this can be set up a bit quicker and easier with an upcoming TM FX version - at this time please use the front controls. Note that you can store recording and playback setups directly within the unit as 'Setups', so you can easily load different of these.
If your stick is too slow you will be warned by a direct error indication on the main page. Use less channels and it will work. Another good indicator is the write time that is shown on the USB Memory page. A quick stick will stay around or under 200 ms, a bad stick will reach 600 ms and up. That calls for trouble even with only a few channels.
Long time recordings that reach the 2 GB wav format limit will be automatically split. Playback will automatically take those into account later on.
The main focus on this alpha test is two things:
- do you understand the settings and operation?
- does your memory stick or drive work? We had a lot of strangely behaving products and have already built in a lot of advanced techniques and workarounds to make the UFX as compatible as possible. Feedback here would be nice, listing the model and size of your USB memory, plus the typical write time at full max channel recording.
Thanks and have success!
!!!! Update 03/21/2011 !!!!
The memory to be used must be a primary partition with MBR. See post 44.
Info: The audio stream for input and output recording is taken before (pre) the EQ/Dyn. FX can only be recorded from an output when processing an input, or by a physical loopback cabling and then recording an input. See post 43.