Alesis Multimix 12 firewire questions

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Member Since: Jul 04, 2009

I just purchased an alesis MULTIMIX 12 firewire amd have some questions I hope someone can answer. I am using this under VISTA HOME PREMIUM 32 BIT...

1. how do I update the firmware? I downloaded the firmware updater but when I try to run it, it crashes.

2. How come the 2 channel OUTPUT from the computer is HOTTER then anything else? I have to go into windows mixer and LOWER the volume there to almost 20% to get it normal...

3. in the multimix control panel, what does the setting under OPERATION MODE MEAN? I couldnt find any documentation (I am using the newest vista driver).. there is SAFE MODE level 1, 2 and 3.

4. What is the suggested buffer size??

5. I tried to get audacity to work but if I set the program for anthing more then telling it I have only 2 channels of input it doesnt open the multiumix and gives me an error when I press RECORD. All seems to work fine with ACID PRO.


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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jul 05, 2009 04:50 pm

How about some spec's on your PC? Can't really give ya any help without knowing what the PC spec's are. CPU speed, amount of ram and if you can find it the firewire chipset make. A lot of firewire gear is picky on what chipset it will work well with.

Since: Jul 04, 2009

Jul 05, 2009 09:36 pm

Its a HP desktop with DUAL CORE 3 GB ram, vista home premium SP2. I have built in firewire and also a second firewire card in the machine that I think is a TI chip set...

Can you answer any of my questions??

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jul 05, 2009 11:26 pm

Wow, patience dude. We all do this for free here and do have other things to attend to as well.

1: With Vista you may find you need to run the install as Administrator. So you may need to login as the admin on the PC and install the firmware updater that way. The other could be that Vista need to be told to allow it.

2: If your going to run a firewire interface for recording and playback you should dis able the on board sound chip anyway. And yes, it is set at default for full volume out.

3:All the documentation is in these manuals and guides.

4:For your computer set up if you have all the extra crap that runs in the background shut off then you can run your buffer at 128, otherwise you will need to go up to 256 or 512 to avoid any pops and clicks. Vista is not a friendly program to record with unless you are very tech oriented and know were to go to shut off un needed apps that run uselessly in the back ground and hog up system resources.

5: Simple solution, don't use Audacity then. It is probably an older version and does not run well or play nice with Vista drivers. I would suggest if Acid is running fine then and all works well, why would you even mess around with another program.

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