I am sure there are many questions of a similar nature on the forum already, but that is
part of the reason why I am asking
In essence, I want to use my hardware effects during the mixing process. I am using a
Reaper based PC system (soon upgrading to a Mac with Logic though...), and a Mackie Onyx
820i as an interface/mixer. Now, I had an oldish SOS podcast on the other night, and they
touched upon this very issue, saying create a buss, send the signal to any spare outputs
on the soundcard (in my case, the Main Outs on my Onyx) and to the inputs on the unit
(Lexicon Relfex), then outputs from unit to spare inputs on the soundcard (tracks 7 and 8
on my Onyx). So I connected it up as explained, but all I got was feedback, as the output
from tracks 7 and 8 goes to the Main Outs. If it makes any difference (I am about to try
it, as it just occurred to me), the 'Assign [Main Mix] to FW 7-8' button was on.
I then tried via the 'Aux 1&2 to FW 5-6', but the output from the FW link goes straight
past the Auxs.
If I take the Main Outs to the hardware unit, then output that
to an Aux return assinged to FW 5-6, would I still get the ear splitting feedback? Another
potential solution is to get a cheap USB/FireWire interface/soundcard, then try it the
above way with different gear. For example, the Lexicon Alpha or ESI Maya44. If anyone
knows anything about these, then please do say.
And finally, whilst on the
topic, the aforementioned podcast covered how to hook up a reverb unit (see above), but is
the principle the same with something like a compressor, normally routed in series as
opposed to the parallel routing of a reverb? Do I still create a buss in the day, and if
no, what do I do instead?
Thanks for any help I may receive, and also thanks to
anyone who reads this mammoth question! It is a problem I have been trying to solve for a
'I don't care if it's got 90 tracks, what does it sound like baby!' - Ray Charles