GarageBand 2 and Alesis MultiMix FireWire Problem

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  1. leond

    leond Supporting Member

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    I just purchased an Alesis MultiMix Firewire mixer to use with Garageband 2.

    As a mixer, everything works fine, apart from the firewire.

    When I connect the mixer to my PowerBook G4 (10.3.9) via firewire, Garageband and Audio / MIDI Setup see the firewire mixer. I had no problem recording via the firewire connection. My problem is when I try to play back the Garageband recording through the mixer via firewire. The output is distorted and choppy.

    Next I tried playing something that I recorded before I got the mixer (to determine if it's an input or output problem). This played back distorted and choppy.

    Next I didn't use the mixer but routed the GarageBand's output through the PowerBook's built-in audio. It played fine.

    I also tried a different firewire cable and powering both the mixer and computer up and down many times inbetween. Nothing changed.

    So I know the problem has to do with the Garageband output through the mixer.

    One thing I thought was curious was that the mixer worked at 24 bit and GarageBand works at 16 bit. Could this be the problem? I couldn't find any way to configure the mixer to work at 16 bit.

    Anyways, any help would be very appreciated.

    Thanks,
    LeonD
     
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    Just a thought, Audio Midi Setup is set at 16bit, 44.1KHz ?
     
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    As soon as I plug in the Alesis, my only option is 24 bit.

    LeonD

     
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    Sorry I was curious about the sample rate which can cause an issue on playback. Even though your sonic description doesn't exactly fit.
    However, after my brain kicked in I realized you said you were able to record. It's been awhile since I have used AMS is it possible to have different sample rates selected under input and output?
    My only other thought is do they have newer drivers on their site?

    Sorry I am not able to assist better.
     
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    To add to the story, I've tried two different PowerBooks, two different software apps (GarageBand & Cubase) and two different FireWire cables. It's always the same. It records fine but plays back like poo. :confused:

    It's time for an Alesis call in the morning. :(

    LeonD
     
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    Would love to know what you find out...
     
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    I'll post when I find out.

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    Well I've been on the phone twice with Alesis today. They basically had me try all the things I tried on my own. At one point, they thought I had a defective unit so I brought it back and traded it for another one. The second one did sound a little better but it still was not useable.

    One of the tech was using a 12" PB and said his worked. I tried with a 15" and 17" PB. I also have a 12" iBook. I tried that and it also didn't work.

    Alesis is not giving up. They gave me one thing to try and said if it didn't work, to call back tomorrow. I actually live near Alesis and offered to bring my gear in and have them look at it first hand. They declined saying they weren't set up for that.

    The oddest thing today was right before I called them the first time, I tried playing back via the mixer and it worked. I didn't believe it. I tried both GarageBand and Cubase. Then just to make sure, I shut everything down and started back up again. My problem was back and I haven't been able to make it work again.


    Recording shouldn't be this hard,
    LeonD
     
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    Interesting. Sounds like maybe a FW driver issue???
     

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