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Old 06-13-2016, 08:43 AM
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Default Re: Surround Audio Interfaces

Originally Posted by alk3997 View Post
No, you cannot interface powered speakers (or any speakers) to the Artist Series. The Artist Series has no audio interfaces. These are control surfaces only.

I run a 7.1-channel system. The Artist control surfaces control Pro Tools HD. The Pro Tools output goes into an Audio Interface (in my case a Motu). That Audio Interface output goes into the speakers. I believe Avid makes a 6 output Audio Interface but you'll need 8 outputs for 7.1-channel work.

The whole setup produces 8 channels of discrete output (couldn't use anything else). I have a 7.1-channel mix going into my headphones, as well, as a stereo output.

There are a few ways you can set this up but to hear output you'll need more than just the Artist series of control surfaces.

BTW, if you are looking at Pro Tools, you'll need the Pro Tools HD version for 5.1 / 7.1-channel work.

I know that the Artist Series is just a controller. That's why I'm asking about Surround Audio Interfaces. My monitors are currently connected to my desk. If I remove that desk from the set-up, then I'd expect an AUDIO INTERFACE to take it's place.

So, my question is about units like the Dangerous or Coleman audio interfaces. I can just connect my powered monitors directly to them, right? Otherwise, if I had passive speakers, I have to have the interface connect to a power amp for the speakers.

I just want input on what's available, should I decide to "cut the cord" and go totally ITB. With that clarification in mind, how do you like your MOTU unit? I didn't even know they made those kinds of interfaces. I thought they were only for connecting your audio to the computer. I didn't realize that they had "mix down" hardware as well. Are they Mac Specific? I'm on a PC.
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