Arpangel wrote: OneWorld wrote:
Luke W wrote:Another vote for interface with no mixer here, as others have mentioned with the software that comes with the likes of RME/UA etc, routing is just as versatile as having a mixer (if not more so) and the space saved is always a welcome bonus. Sam's point about cost of I/O count is a good one though.
Control surfaces are hit and miss for me, the integration has to be really tight or it just doesn't seem worth it. With live work I still like as many faders/controls to hand as is practical, but for the studio I'm generally happy with far less.
I agree. I have a control surface and in fact was an evangelist for them. I slaved over Cubase setting up custom templates, so that each session was predictable - eg fader 1 always the lead vox, fader 2 always, right through the various VSTs, group faders etc it was a lot of faffing about but got it right. Then I updated to Cubase 10 and made sure my Win10 was bang up to date - and that's trashed everything, in fact the control surface has been turned off, it won't work properly, sometimes recalls all the settings, sometimes doesn't, sometimes Cubase 'sees' the controller, next session it doesn't, sometimes it works and then drops off the radar half way through a session, so there's now a £450 dust magnet now
That's bad, but that's computers for you, I'm almost giving up on them, but for editing and compiling, I'm not going back to razor blades and tape, that's a step too far.
It's working again now, and the issue was this,,,,,
In the April/May Win10 update there is this issue of 10 MIDI devices, but that is a but confusing, the 10 devices restriction only applies to some hardware, Korg and ICON QCON at least.
And what can happen if you have the ICON QCON at slot 10 and you install another MIDI device, the ICON QCON can be displaced and ends up at 11, and it ceases to work.
And you can even delete some devices but the Registry still has it at location 11 (yes one might ask why more than 10 device slots shown if there is a 10 device restriction? It's not a Win10 issue but some manufacturers MIDI drivers)
So I was pointed in the direction of a Korg utility 'Uninstall KORG-USB MIDI Device' and what that does is list and display all MIDI drivers, and sure enough I had loads of them as even though some MIDI hardware had been un-installed when I sold it, the Registry still had them there and thus the 10 device limit breached. So I was able to go down the list until I got down to 10 devices and my ICON QCON moved to slot 10 - problem solved and now it's working fine (touch wood!)
For the past week I'd installing/uninstalling, trying different USB slots, which made things worse as because as soon as something was plugged in it added yet another location to the registry, so I had about 6 ICON QCON showing but all of them >10 and then I came across the Korg utility and that fixed things, and gave me the opportunity to scour the Registry of some redundant entries. I wish there was some way of getting rid of all the other detrius in the Registry. I have yet to come across a utility that truly scavenged the Registry - many claim to but after I have run them I go back and check and a lot of stuff remains