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Sep 18, 2007 3:22 PM
Twenty five years experience in multi-track, but a total newbie to firewire. Working with a new iMac and a Phonic Helix 18 firewire mixer. The Mac recognizes the Helix, and all settings appear normal, other than in the midi section all volume sliders are greyed out.
The Mac ouputs sound beautifully, but I can only record real instruments in Garage Band by selecting channels 15/16. I can't seem to find any settings in System Prefs or GB to assign channels or take advantage of the 16 channel input of the Helix. Helix support sent me here.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • HangTime Level 9 Level 9 (50,000 points)
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    Sep 18, 2007 3:24 PM (in response to mindstage)
    You assign channels in Track "i"nfo for each track

    Note:

    http://www.bulletsandbones.com/GB/GBFAQ.html#maxnumrecordabletracks
  • Windham Hillbilly Level 4 Level 4 (1,600 points)
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    Sep 18, 2007 3:27 PM (in response to mindstage)
    a Phonic Helix 18 firewire mixer. The Mac recognizes the Helix, and all settings appear normal, other than in the midi section all volume sliders are greyed out.


    This is normal. It means that the Mixer has control of the volume.

    WH
    abacus: ancient, efficient, Mac OS X (10.4)
  • nic.spalla Calculating status...
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    Dec 14, 2007 4:01 AM (in response to mindstage)
    Hi (...and sorry for my bad english),
    I've got the same mixer. I know how to add a real instrument and select the helix's channel, but I can't record it... I don't know why!
    I think that can be a problem in volume, but I'm not sure. Can you help me?
    thanks

    Nicola
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,125 points)
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    Dec 14, 2007 6:59 AM (in response to nic.spalla)
    Make sure you have a real instrument track not a software track. Also make sure the track in record enabled.
    20" iMac 2.4 / 12" powerbook , Mac OS X (10.5)
  • nic.spalla Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 17, 2007 3:07 AM (in response to isteveus)
    Hi isteveus,
    I'm sure about the real instrument track and it is in record enabled. Yesterday I successfully made a record without changing any options. But now I can't record anymore. I was thinking it could be a software or driver error because sometime the mac disconnect the mixer, but I have reinstalled the mac os and the problem persist. I'm baffled!
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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