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Leave your guitar cord plugged into the Mobile I/O

In my studio/rehearsal room I usually leave all microphone cables and instrument cables plugged into my 2882 and ULN-8. However, since my guitars have active pickups and piezos I don’t leave the instrument cable plugged into them since otherwise my batteries would deplete in record time!

It’s not recommended though to leave instrument cables lying around without them being terminated since you might accidentally turn your MIOs on before connected your instruments and then all mayhem might break loose on your speakers or headphones.

Neutrik silent plug

I found the ideal solution for this in Neutrik’s silent plugs. I built a collection of instrument cables with these plugs on one end, and then just leave them lying around. Another nice boon is when playing live, you never have to ask the sound engineer if it’s ok to plug or unplug your guitar, which is very nice!

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Some +DSP graphs I’ve built

I thought I’d share these.

Over the past weeks I’ve been rebuilding my guitar sounds by trying to use as much +DSP processing as possible. This got me building a collection of graphs that I use as the basis of my effects, I change these afterwards for each sound. Since it took me a while to actually find useful starting points to begin implementing these, I think it might be useful to others to have what I came up with at their disposal.

Put them under Library/Preferences/MIOPlugInPresets/Graphs/ starting from your home directory. Best is to create a directory under there that will contain your custom graphs, anyway that’s what I do.

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Examples of how I use Metric Halo MIO 2d +DSP guitar processing

I finally got around to recording some examples of what I’m doing with the MIO 2d +DSP amp simulations and effects. Note that these are totally geared towards the music I’m currently playing (alternative pop-rock) and I thus didn’t try to get other types of sounds out of it.

All the sounds are totally done by the MIO 2d +DSP except for the longer stereo delays which require too much memory and are frankly easier to setup through AudioUnit plugins with host tempo sync. One thing to realize is the the 2d amps and cabinets have no parameters at all. You use the already existing MIO +DSP capabilities (MIOStrip, compressor, EQ, character, volume, …) to sculpt your sound, this is totally different from other in-the-box guitar amp simulations. However, it now does make a lot of sense to me and it gives a lot of flexibility. The phaser, flanging and chorus effects are all built by me using 2d +DSP graphs, based on examples I found around the web. I also built a tape echo simulation for one song this way that I really like.


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Automate MIO Console panning in Logic Pro 8

I just finished mixing three tracks with total automation of the MIO Console’s faders, muting and panning from within Logic. We’ve already discussed how to set the basics up for volume faders and I covered what I found out with the help of others in this video:

Now, for the automation of the panning, the exact same principles apply except that you don’t send absolute values but relative values instead. These are sent to the same MIDI ports as the volume messages, but instead of using Pitch Bend they use the General #1-#4 and Ctrl 20-23 messages (values 16-23), giving you again 8 channels to control per MIDI port.


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