February 27th, 2012, 02:47 PM
Finally got my Alesis Multimix 12 Firewire Friday night. After much consideration, I settled on Reaper for my software. I was up late Friday night and Saturday night and finally got them working together on Sunday morning. I'm learning a lot, have learned some about setting buffer sizes. The default was 256 I think, but that seemed to be too low for some recording. 512 seems to make it happy. I have 4GB of RAM, and was expecting to be able to use a lower buffer setting. Anyway, it's a lot of fun. I was hoping to do a cover of Let It Be real quick with just piano and vocals but I learned something else. I haven't played live or with a metronome in years, and it seems my musicianship is the weak point now.:oops: So, practice, practice, practice.
Oh, and I have EZDrummer now, so I'll play with that this evening.
edited to say: I have 4GB of RAM, and was expecting to be able to use a lower buffer setting.
... but since I don't know what a "good" low buffer rate is anyway, maybe these are okay?
February 27th, 2012, 03:29 PM
Welcome to the forum. This is a good place to come to for help as there are lots of people on here who are helpful without being critical in a bad way. Look forward to hearing some of your stuff.
February 27th, 2012, 04:25 PM
Sounds like you're off to a good start!
February 28th, 2012, 12:54 AM
Well, one of the biggest problems I was having get all this working was that every time I would open Reaper, I would get an error message that said there was an error opening my audio hardware, and did I want to open audio configuration -- something like that. (Options>Preferences>Audio) I knew the settings were right, but I would open it up anyway, check everything and then close it. But the message would keep popping up periodically. Eventually I got it worked out, but I can't say exactly what it was that worked. I put in a lot of hours Saturday and Sunday, so my brain was kind of fuzzy. But what I think it may have been was that at first I was not observing the proper order of start-up and shut-down. Apparently the MM12 is anal about that. For start-up, you have to first connect all peripherals to the MM12, then turn the MM12 on, wait a minute, the turn on the computer. Before you can shut the MM12 off, you have to first shut down Reaper, shut down the computer, then shut down the MM12.
Anyway, I worked all day yesterday with no issues. Today I installed the EZDrummer plug-in, and that error message popped up again. EZD was working well, but after installing a couple of extension, it started crashing my computer, started working sporadically after recovering, and now I get the error message constantly, and I can't even listen to a click track out of Reaper. I'm through for the night. I guess tomorrow I'll uninstall EZD and get Reaper working right again, then reinstall EZD without so many extensions.
I forgot to mention... I have read that these Alesis MM units can be picky about the firewire card. Saturday I ordered a firewire card with the Texas Instruments chip that Alesis apparently prefers. It should be here in the next day or two. I'm hoping that will do the trick.
February 28th, 2012, 07:43 AM
...but I learned something else. I haven't played live or with a metronome in years, and it seems my musicianship is the weak point now.:oops: So, practice, practice, practice.
Mate, I've just started doing some recording as well, & can absolutely relate to this. The other thing I've noticed is, I'm ALWAYS out of tune, it's horrible.