two 5.1 surround interfaces

Sep 10, 2008 at 8:00pm

two 5.1 surround interfaces

hi!

i have a fantasy. does anyone have any experience with the Griffin Firewave 5.1 interface? Or something similar – it’s basically an inexpensive interface with Firewire in and 6 channels of audio out. I’m wondering if it would be possible to daisychain two of these devices and use max to synchronize 10 channels of audio, on the cheap. First of all, I’m not even sure what object can send an AC3. Also not sure how the DAC would work with such a device. If anyone has experience with this (or other ideas) i’d be most appreciative. I know I could do it with a more expensive interface, but I’m just curious…

#39651
Sep 14, 2008 at 8:15pm

if you are working in osX you can create an aggregate device from any of
your soundcards and use it in max.

It is fairly simple to implement.

Cheers,

Carey

On Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 9:00 PM, dan walsh wrote:

>
> hi!
>
> i have a fantasy. does anyone have any experience with the Griffin
> Firewave 5.1 interface? Or something similar – it’s basically an inexpensive
> interface with Firewire in and 6 channels of audio out. I’m wondering if it
> would be possible to daisychain two of these devices and use max to
> synchronize 10 channels of audio, on the cheap. First of all, I’m not even
> sure what object can send an AC3. Also not sure how the DAC would work with
> such a device. If anyone has experience with this (or other ideas) i’d be
> most appreciative. I know I could do it with a more expensive interface,
> but I’m just curious…
>

#139813
Sep 15, 2008 at 6:59am

your dac~ can control as many physical outs as your OS sees, as I understand it. So you could start with a simple multislider to control the 6 channel volume levels. Then you can get into effects specific for each channel, etc. (a gate~ as a bypass is good to save on processing when not needed). Multislider works with pattr, so you can very easily save all kinds of settings and interpolate between them.

Daisychaining I’m not sure about.

–CJ

#139814
Sep 26, 2008 at 1:37am

Thanks everyone for the input. It turns out that by using 2 Griffin Firewave devices, you can indeed create an aggregate device that gets you 12 channels out of Max. I wasn’t sure that you’d be able to daisychain the devices, but I was able to test tonight. That’s 12 channels out for $40! Fantastic.

#139815
Sep 26, 2008 at 6:59am

hi dan,

thanks for the heads up! that does indeed look fantastic.
did you have a chance to test all 6 channels of an unit for full
audiorange?
sometimes the sub channels are limited.

thanks
h
http://www.hans-w-koch.net

Am 26.09.2008 um 03:37 schrieb dan walsh:

>
> Thanks everyone for the input. It turns out that by using 2 Griffin
> Firewave devices, you can indeed create an aggregate device that
> gets you 12 channels out of Max. I wasn’t sure that you’d be able
> to daisychain the devices, but I was able to test tonight. That’s
> 12 channels out for $40! Fantastic.

#139816
Sep 26, 2008 at 1:47pm

Hi Hans,

You can use the sub channels, but first you must go into the Firewave software and uncheck “Generate Sub-Woofer for Music and Games”. After this, the sub acts like any of the other channels.

#139817
Sep 26, 2008 at 5:19pm

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