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M-Audio ProjectMix I/O User Manual

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Control Surface with Motorized Faders and 18 x 14 Audio Interface

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  • Page 1: User Guide

    Control Surface with Motorized Faders and 18 x 14 Audio Interface User Guide English...
  • Page 2 © 2005 Avid Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Product features, specifications, system requirements, and availability are subject to change without notice. Avid, Pro Tools, and M-Audio are registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Introduction ..............3 What's in the Box .
  • Page 4: Introduction

    *NOTE: Please check the Product Support page at for a list of compatible 1394A PCI and PCMCIA adapters. The ProjectMix I/O is also a full-featured control surface, with touch-sensitive motorized faders, rotary encoder knobs, and dedicated mute, solo, select and record switches, as well as banking switches to address all channels of your DAW software.
  • Page 5: Features And Technical Features

    Features and Technical Features Eight low-noise mic/instrument preamps with gain controls, signal and peak LED metering, phantom power and 66dB of available < gain Eight XLR inputs < Eight analog inputs and four analog outputs on 1/4" TRS jacks < S/PDIF I/O on TOSLink optical or RCA coaxial connectors <...
  • Page 6: Controls And Connectors Overview

    ProjectMix I/O User Guide Controls and Connectors Overview Controls and Connectors Overview...
  • Page 7: Controls And Connectors Descriptions

    Controls and Connectors Descriptions Instrument Input Selector Switch (INST): The INST switch enables the front-panel instrument input (50) and allows you to connect an instrument-level input (guitar, bass, etc.) to this jack. The front-panel instrument jack shares its input with the rear-panel Channel 1 Line Input (52) which means that the ProjectMix I/O can receive a signal from only one of these input jacks at a time.
  • Page 8 ProjectMix I/O User Guide 18. Scrub Button (SCRUB): The SCRUB button is typically used in conjunction with the jog wheel (19) to scrub selected audio tracks for editing and auditioning purposes. Refer to the Application Notes section describing your audio software for details.
  • Page 9 35. Flip Button (FLIP): The FLIP button will switch the control parameters of the channel faders (13) and their associated encoder knobs (8). (Example: if the encoder knob is set to Aux Send function, pressing the FLIP button will cause the encoder knob to control the channel level, while the channel fader will control the Aux Send function.) 36: Channel Info Button (CHAN INFO): The CHAN INFO button is normally mapped to a specific function within the DAW software.
  • Page 10: Hardware Connections

    LINE OUT 2 is the right channel. These are both line-level outputs, so you'll need to use powered monitors, such as the M-Audio BX8a's, or a combination of passive monitors and an amplifier. Headphones: Connect headphones to either (or both) of the headphone outputs on the front right of the ProjectMix I/O.
  • Page 11: The Firewire Audio Interface

    The FireWire Audio Interface The ProjectMix I/O audio interface is capable of several different audio configurations, which are all selectable on the hardware page of the Control Panel software. (We introduce the full range of functions in the Control Panel in the following section.) Inputs: Analog inputs (XLR / LINE INPUTS 1 –...
  • Page 12: The Control Panel

    In Windows XP, double click on the red M-Audio icon in the system tray to open the Control Panel. < In Mac OS X, open System Preferences in the Apple menu and select M-Audio FireWire control panel in the "Other" section. <...
  • Page 13: Output Page

    Analog and Digital Inputs To the right of the software returns section on the mixer page are the ProjectMix I/O analog and digital inputs. Analog inputs are labeled with the prefix "ana," for example ana 1/2 in, ana 3/4 in, etc. Digital inputs are labeled with the "adt" prefix for ADAT lightpipe inputs, or "spdif" for the S/PDIF inputs.
  • Page 14: Hardware Page

    ProjectMix I/O User Guide You can create two separate headphone mixes by assigning one of the headphone channels to monitor a different source, such as the 3/4 bus or the aux bus, using the small buttons under "mon" in these channels. You'll also notice that you have direct control of the headphone volume faders using the two headphone level knobs on the ProjectMix I/O control surface.
  • Page 15: Global Controls

    Digital Port Selection Sub-Window (digital port selection) This section selects the active digital inputs and outputs, as well as the formats for each: Input Settings (input adat or spdif): When adat is selected, the digital input channels on the mixer page will appear as ADAT inputs 1 <...
  • Page 16: About Page

    firmware version within the ProjectMix I/O. If you are not sure whether you have the newest driver for your ProjectMix I/O, you can visit the M-Audio website ( and compare the version of the driver listed there to the version shown on this tab.
  • Page 17: The Control Surface

    The Control Surface While the ProjectMix I/O looks and functions much the same as a typical mixing console, it is important to note that it is most definitely not a mixing console. Although it is equipped with audio inputs and outputs, it will not handle any audio unless it is connected to a host computer. In addition, its control surface does not perform any actual mixing functions itself;...
  • Page 18: How The Projectmix I/o Control Surface Works With Pro Tools

    ProjectMix I/O User Guide How the ProjectMix I/O Control Surface Works with Pro Tools Channel Faders The channel faders are used for level control of disk tracks, master faders, auxiliary inputs, and MIDI tracks. Gain calibration ranges from infinity (bottom of fader travel) to +6dB (top of fader travel). The ProjectMix I/O channel fader tapering scheme provides resolution of 8.8dB per MIDI value in the –60 to –70dB range, and 2.5dB per MIDI value in the –70 to –100dB range.
  • Page 19 Solo and Mute Buttons (SOLO / MUTE) When the MUTE and SOLO buttons are enabled, their LEDs light. Soloed channels flash the MUTE button LEDs on all other channels that are not explicitly muted. The MUTE button LEDs on channels that are explicitly muted when others are soloed are lit continuously. To enable solo or mute on multiple channels: <...
  • Page 20 ProjectMix I/O User Guide Set Up Button (SET UP) Press the SET UP button to access utility functions of the ProjectMix I/O like LCD Contrast. The SET UP button will light solid red. After pressing SET UP, press the SEL key below the function you wish to edit on the LCD, then follow the instructions on the LCD to access parameters and edit values.
  • Page 21: Cubase Mode

    To exit Scrub mode, do any of the following: • Press STOP or SCRUB on ProjectMix I/O. • Press the spacebar. • Press escape (F8/ESC). • Press any other transport button (RWD, FF, STOP, PLAY, REC). Shift Button (SHIFT) The SHIFT button functions as an OPTION button in Pro Tools. Transport Buttons (RWD, FF, STOP, PLAY, REC) When the Audio During Fast Forward/Rewind option is selected in the Operation Preferences of Pro Tools, you will hear scanned audio (as on a CD player) during rewind and fast forward.
  • Page 22 ProjectMix I/O User Guide Page 2 and above: Encoders control parameters specific to individual plug-ins Aux 3 Button (AUX 3): VST Instruments Page 1: Encoder 1 scrolls through VST instruments 1 – 8 Encoder 2 turns selected VST instruments off/on...
  • Page 23 Meter Button (MTR) This key will activate the ProjectMix I/O channel meters, which show up as horizontal bar meters in the LCD display. Flip Button (FLIP) Pressing the FLIP button will switch the parameter assignment between the faders and the encoders (i.e., the parameter assigned to the encoder is now controlled by the fader, and vice-versa).
  • Page 24: Logic Mode

    ProjectMix I/O User Guide Zoom Button (ZOOM) When the ZOOM button is lit, the keys are used to change the view of the edit screen. The left arrow decreases the horizontal view, the right arrow increases the horizontal view, the up arrow increases vertical zoom and the down arrow decreases vertical zoom.
  • Page 25 The display variants for different modes toggle the same way in all Multi Channel Strip views. The following exemplifies how they toggle in Value mode. However, their behavior will be virtually the same in other modes as well. Encoder knob 1 or Channel Fader—edits volume. The lower row of the LCD shows the current track volumes, either in dB or <...
  • Page 26 ProjectMix I/O User Guide Aux 3 Button (AUX 3): Built-In Channel EQ Functions EQ Assignment Modes Press the AUX 3 button to toggle between the EQ Multi Channel view and EQ Channel Strip view. Pressing AUX 3 will automatically bring up the channel EQ in the channel strip even if another EQ is present in the channel strip.
  • Page 27 Instrument Edit View The mode display will show "In ." < Dependent on the CHAN INFO button, the LCD changes in the following ways: < CHAN INFO (LED blinking on)—The upper LCD row shows the track's name, instrument name, current parameter page and total <...
  • Page 28 ProjectMix I/O User Guide Plug-In Edit View The mode display shows "P1" to "P8," depending on the number of the selected plug-in insert slots. < The LCD display will change in the following ways between the two modes: < CHAN INFO (LED blinking on)—The upper LCD row shows the track's name, insert number, plug-in name, current parameter <...
  • Page 29 MIDI Button (MIDI): MIDI Mode The MIDI button activates MIDI mode on the ProjectMix I/O and opens the built-in MIDI application (see the section of this manual on MIDI Application). Pressing the MIDI button again puts the ProjectMix I/O back in to DAW Mode. This application allows you to assign specific MIDI values to buttons and faders on the ProjectMix I/O.
  • Page 30: Sonar Mode

    ProjectMix I/O User Guide SONAR Mode To enter SONAR mode: Hold down the AUX 4 button while powering on the unit. SONAR mode is confirmed on the LCD display when the ProjectMix I/O has initialized. Setup: With the ProjectMix I/O in SONAR mode, launch the application on your computer and choose Control Surfaces from the Options menu.
  • Page 31 When pressing and holding the ALT button: Encoder Knob 1 controls EQ Band 1 On/Off on Channel 1 Encoder Knob 2 controls EQ Band 1 On/Off on Channel 2 Encoder Knob 3 controls EQ Band 1 On/Off on Channel 3 Encoder Knob 4 controls EQ Band 1 On/Off on Channel 4 Encoder Knob 5 controls EQ Band 1 On/Off on Channel 5 Encoder Knob 6 controls EQ Band 1 On/Off on Channel 6...
  • Page 32 ProjectMix I/O User Guide Flip Button (FLIP) Press the FLIP button to switch the parameter assignment between the faders and the encoder knobs (i.e., the parameter assigned to the encoder knob is now controlled by the fader, and vice-versa). As the faders are touch-sensitive and the encoder knobs are not, assigning the encoder knob functions to the faders allows you to write smoother automation.
  • Page 33: Live 5 Mode

    Live 5 Mode To enter Live mode: Hold down the AUX 5 button while powering on the unit. Live mode is confirmed on the LCD display when the ProjectMix I/O has initialized. PC/Mac Setup: With the ProjectMix I/O in Live mode, launch the application on your computer and choose Preferences from the Options menu (if you’re using a Mac, the Preferences are located in the Live menu).
  • Page 34 ProjectMix I/O User Guide Meter Button (MTR) This button activates the ProjectMix I/O channel meters, which show up as horizontal bar meters in the LCD display. Flip Button (FLIP) Press the FLIP button to switch the parameter assignment between the faders and the encoder knobs (i.e., the parameter assigned to the encoder knob is now controlled by the fader, and vice-versa).
  • Page 35: Digital Performer Mode

    Digital Performer Mode To enter Digital Performer mode: Hold down the PAN button while powering on the unit. Digital Performer mode is confirmed on the LCD display when the ProjectMix I/O has initialized. IMPORTANT NOTE: The ProjectMix I/O has been tested with Digital Performer version 4.6. A few known control surface bugs have been documented with earlier versions of Digital Performer, which may lead to erratic behavior.
  • Page 36 ProjectMix I/O User Guide Drag and drop your MIDI connections between the ProjectMix I/O and Mackie Control icons, as shown below: Now launch Digital Performer. Select Control Surface Setup from the SETUP menu. Under Driver, select Mackie Control. Under Unit, select Mackie Control.
  • Page 37 AUX 3 Button Encoder Knobs 1 – 8 control selection of Aux Send Output on selected bank channels 1 – 8. Press the up/down (p, q) arrow buttons to toggle between Sends 1 through 4. The numeric display shows S1 through S4 to reflect the currently selected Send. AUX 4 Button The AUX 4 button selects Digital Performer’s UNDO function.
  • Page 38 ProjectMix I/O User Guide Locate Buttons (t LOCATE u) The LOCATE (t / u) buttons move the transport to the previous or next assigned marker. Set Button (SET) SET activates and deactivates Punch In mode. In Button (IN) The IN button sets the Punch In point.
  • Page 39: Using Midi Mode

    Using MIDI Mode The ProjectMix Control Application allows you to configure the ProjectMix I/O control surface to communicate standard MIDI messages instead of the default Mackie Control protocol. This lets you to use the ProjectMix I/O with almost any audio application that supports standard MIDI protocol (nearly every audio application supports MIDI control in some way).
  • Page 40: Installing And Running The Projectmix Control Application

    3. From the menu in the bottom-right corner of the welcome screen, choose ProjectMix Control. Click Install. 4. The ProjectMix Control installer will start. Follow the onscreen directions. 5. When installation is complete, you can launch the program by clicking Start > M-Audio > FireWire Family > ProjectMix Control. Mac OS X Insert the FireWire Series CD-ROM into your computer’s CD-ROM drive.
  • Page 41: Using Projectmix Control

    Using ProjectMix Control Downloading Current Settings When ProjectMix Control first starts, it will check to see that the ProjectMix I/O is connected to your computer. Once it establishes a connection, a dialog box will appear confirming connection. It will also ask you if you’d like to download the current MIDI settings of the ProjectMix I/O into the application.
  • Page 42: Changing Midi Assignments

    The latest firmware versions for both the audio interface and control surface are included in every driver package (including those on the CD-ROM) that are available on the M-Audio Web site ( In order to have the most recent firmware, you’ll need to install the most recent driver package.
  • Page 43 You’ll start the control surface firmware updater by clicking OPTIONS in the upper-left corner of the ProjectMix Control window. Then click on Update Firmware within the pop-up menu. Once you select Update Firmware, the Firmware Updater will launch. Before you click Update, take a look at the version number displayed in the title bar. If this number matches the ProjectMix I/O firmware number that you wrote down above, then you do not need to run the Updater.
  • Page 44: Contact

    ProjectMix I/O User Guide Contact If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about this or any M-Audio product, we invite you to contact us by using the following information: M-Audio USA M-Audio Germany 5795 Martin Rd., Irwindale, CA 91706...
  • Page 45: Warranty

    Warranty Terms M-Audio warrants products to be free from defects in materials and workmanship, under normal use and provided that the product is owned by the original, registered user. Visit for terms and limitations applying to your specific product.

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