MiC: Setup

Setting up MiC with Avid Pro Tools

Because MiC does not have an audio output it must be included in an aggregate device that combines multiple sources to create one audio device.

 

To set up MiC to work with Pro Tools do the following:

1) Connect MiC to your Mac using the included USB cable.

2) Open Audio MIDI Setup located in the Utilities folder on your Mac.

3) Select the Pro Tools Aggregate I/O device on the left side of the screen.

 

4) Click the check box next to MiC on the right hand screen to add MiC to the aggregate device.

5) In ProTools open the Playback Engine Setup…

6) Select Pro Tool Aggregate I/O in the “Current Engine” drop-down menu at the top of the page.  Set the H/W Buffer Size to 64 Samples and click OK.

 

7) Open the IO Setup

8 ) Go to the Input Tab and choose “New Path”.  Create 1 new mono input path.

9) Rename the input path “MiC” and assign it to input 3.  Click OK.

10) Assign MiC as the input for your desired audio track.

Now you are ready to record using MiC!

How do I use the custom I/O labels in Logic?

For Logic 9 and lower:

With your Apogee devive selected as the input/output in Logic’s Audio Preferences, go to the “Options” menu and select “Audio” and then “I/O Labels”. Now you can select the custom Apogee labels for your device.

For Logic X and higher:

  • Go to Logic’s Mix menu at the top of the screen and select “I/O Labels…”
  • There are several columns: Channel, Provided by Driver, User, Long, & Short.
  • To use the labels provided by the Ensemble:
    • Click the button in the Provided by Driver column.
  • To enter your own custom label:
    • Click the button in the User column.
    • Double click the “-” in the Long column, type in a new name, then press Return on your Apple keyboard

Here’s a video showing this process: https://apogeedigital.com/blog/apogee-element-tutorial-enable-logics-io-labels

How do I set my software’s I/O buffer?

The I/O Buffer setting found in most audio software is one of the most crucial, but often ignored, settings in a Mac-based recording system. When choosing a buffer setting, a compromise between the latency through the application and the amount of computer processor power accessible to the application must be made.Latency– the slight delay between the moment you play a note and hear it in your headphones after conversion and processing.

A lower buffer setting results in lower latency but less available processing power. If the application can’t access enough processor power, processor overruns may occur, resulting in audible clicks and pops or error messages that interrupt playback and recording. A higher buffer setting, on the other hand, results in greater amount of accessible processor power (i.e. less chance of overruns) but increases the latency. Determining the best setting requires some trial-and-error in order to find the best compromise.

Keep in mind that as tracks and plug-ins are added to a software session, processor requirements increase. Thus, the buffer setting that works during the early stages of a session might result in processor overruns during later stages. The best strategy is to set the buffer to a lower setting during recording and accept certain limitations on plug-in usage, and then raise the buffer during mixing to utilize the computer’s full processor power when latency isn’t an issue. With the processing power of today’s Macs, you may find that adjustment of the buffer isn’t necessary, and you can leave it at a setting for low latency and still access a sufficient amount of processing power when adding tracks and plug-ins. If you do encounter clicks, pops or software errors, don’t hesitate to experiment with the buffer setting. Please consult the section on Working with GarageBand, Logic and Mainstage to determine how to se the I/O buffer setting is found in your audio application.