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Old 09-24-2011, 04:58 PM
jamiet jamiet is offline
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Default connecting a hardware insert


I am trying to connect my hardware compressor as an insert on my MBox Pro. I have purchased a TRS insert cable. When I insert the insert 1 in the I/O section of the insert views I get a message saying the insert was made inactive as the output path is in use. I have had a look in the I/O section in the Setup menu but I'm not 100% sure.

Any assistance would be most appreciated.

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Old 09-25-2011, 06:54 AM
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Default Re: connecting a hardware insert

What are the connections on the hardware compressor? If it is separate input and output jacks, you need 2 separate TRS cables(one from a line output of the Mbox and the other to a line input on the Mbox. You also need to go to the IO setup page>insert tab and configure a set of IO to do this. Have you missed one of these details?
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:58 PM
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Default Re: connecting a hardware insert

This worked fine for me the first time, Plugged in an insert cable to my compressor (tip=send, ring=receive) and have my mic plugged into Input 1 of the MBox Pro.

I am not sure that the settings on the insert page of the I/O are related to the MBox Pro hardware inserts.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:40 AM
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Default Re: connecting a hardware insert

Hardware inserts always come in pairs of an in- and output. Output 1 is probably assigned to your mix output, so you cannot use Input 1 for an insert. Did you try to use In-/Output 3 for inserting the compressor? This should work fine.
And an insert cable is not the right cable. You have to have two mono TRS cables. One goes out of you MBox's Output 3 into the input of your compressor and the other one goes out from the compressor's output back into Input 3 of your MBox.

And make sure that you enable Delay Compensation, because the trip out of your audio interface and back into it will cause some delay.
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