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Need Help routing with MainStage and MOTU Ultralite Mk3 Hybrid

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Nov 21, 2011 8:34 AM

Hello am new to MS and the Ultralite and am a little confused about how to route things. I am running an axiom 61 into mainstage and into the ultralite via firewire. I am also running my vocal into the ultraltite (mic in 1) and a click track coming from an ipod which is split sending the click to my drummer and to myself (via the ultralite) and a midi playback track to FOH though a small mixer. I am really confused how to route this properely using cuemix fx. I need the the axiom, the click and my vocal coming through the heaphone out on the front, and i need to send the axiom and my vocal out to FOH (no click of course). Is this possible? I've tried a few combinations and can't seem to get it just right.


Any adivce or guidance would be greatly apprecitaed!


Macbook Pro 2009 2.53Ghz 8 gb RAM Motu Ultralite Mk3 Axiom 61

MainStage, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • dingdangdawg Level 2 Level 2 (455 points)

    Yeah, its possible, but not straightforward. You will need to go through the Ultralite manual a few times (at least the pertinent parts) to figure it out. The basics though are, you have the Input section, the Mix section, and the Output section in CueMix.


    The inputs are obvious; plug instrument/vocal inputs, set the eq or effects per input. Physical inputs/jacks.

    The outputs are also obvious, set levels and eq, etc for each physical output pair.

    Where things get a bit confusing is with the Mix section. There, you can set up software based mixes for any output pair (one separate Mix per output pair). You can also assign the headphone out to any output pair. A Mix is really like a Bus.


    So, in your case, set up a separate Mix for your axiom, click, vocal, and assign that output pair to the headphone out. Create a separate Mix with axiom and vocal and send it out a different output pair, which is physically wired to your PA/FOH.


    CueMix is not intuitive or obvious, but it is very flexible so keep messing with it and take the time to work through the manual until it makes some sense. I still have to pull out my manual when things don't make sense, or I forget what the #&* the darned thing is doing.

  • Thomjinx Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    All of this might be easier if you just imported the tracks from your iPod into Mainstage and used the Playback instrument to play them.  Then you can do all of the routing from MS.


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