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FirePod/FP10 - How do I hear all of my inputs when using multiple FP10/FirePod(s)?

Question:

How do I hear all of my inputs when using multiple FP10/FirePod(s)?

 

Answer:

Use software monitoring. Your DAW application’s stereo output bus to only play out of one FP10/FirePod.

 

There are many monitoring misconceptions when using more than one FP10/FirePod. Here are the major “issues” demystified:

 

  • The "Mixer" knob: When the Mixer knob is turned counter clockwise, the FP10/FirePod acts as a line mixer. It will sum all 8 of the analogue inputs into a mono bus and transmit that mono sum through the Main CR and Cue Mix Outputs only (it will NOT send that signal via FireWire to the other FP10/FirePod(s)).

 

  • Software Monitoring: Because each FP10/FirePod’s analogue mixer acts independently, you will need to monitor your inputs through your DAW instead of using the Mixer knob. For software monitoring, turn your Mixer knob fully clockwise to “Playback (1-2)”. By default, your computer’s software will route its output streams to output channels 1 & 2 of ONE of your FP10/FirePod(s).

 

  • Order of I/O: The order in which your FP10/FirePod(s) are connected to the computer and to each other will oftentimes not affect which FirePod is considered ‘first’. Usually, the FP10/FirePod connected directly to your system will be I/O 1-10.

 

IN OSX: You can easily change the order of your FP10/FirePod(s) by recreating your Aggregate Device. The FP10/FirePod you select first will be the I/O 1-10.  You can find instructions on daisy-chaining in OSX here.

 

IN WINDOWS: You can easily change the order of your FP10/FirePod(s) in the FirePod Control Panel under “Active Units” using the ’Up’ and ‘Down’ buttons. The FP10/FirePod listed at the top will be I/O 1-10.  You can find instructions on daisy-chaining in Windows here.

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