Published July 22, 2021
Universal Control allows you to create separate mixes of all input channels and DAW return channels. These low-latency mixes give you the ability to monitor your inputs with no audible latency.
To launch the software mixer click on the 1824c/1810c symbol in Universal Control.
This will open the software mixer in Universal Control.
The first 8 channels are the 8 inputs on the interface. On the 1810c Inputs 1 & 2 are Mic/Inst/Line inputs while inputs 3 & 4 are Mic/Line Inputs. Inputs 5-8 are Line inputs on the rear of the device. On the 1824c inputs, 1 & 2 are Mic/Inst/Line inputs while inputs 3-8 are Mic/Line inputs on the rear of the device.
Each Channel has Solo and Mute buttons as well as a fader to control the level of the input. Panning can also be adjusted using the pan controls below the Mute button.
Each channel can be linked as stereo pair with the next channel. Channels can also be colorized and renamed.
S/PDIF and ADAT Inputs can also be mixed. If you are not using an ADAT device with your interface you can choose whether or not the ADAT inputs are visible in the mixer window. Hide ADAT channels from the Settings menu (cogwheel).
Next, you will find the DAW Return channels. These correspond to the available outputs in your DAW and on the interface, including the S/PDIF and ADAT outputs. Audio is routed to these outputs from within your DAW. The DAW return channels can also be linked as stereo pairs within the Universal Control mixer.
Above the mixer window, there are controls that mirror the physical buttons on the interface itself. From here you can turn on Phantom Power (48v), select line level for inputs 1/2, mute the interface and change the mix to mono, and select with mix the SPDIF output will reference (1824c only). You can also change the headphone mix from output stream 1/2 to stream 3/4 (1810c only)
The settings menu can be accessed by clicking on the cogwheel in the top right of the window. From here you can choose to show the ADAT inputs, engage peak hold or bypass the mixer entirely. You can also set the color scheme, enable Colorize Channels and choose your preferred settings for meter decay.
On the right of the Universal Control mixer window, you will find the Output Mix tabs. This allows you to select each mix and make changes to them. The Main mix controls the audio to the Main Left and Right outputs and Outputs 1 & 2, they share the same audio as the Main Mix. The master fader for the Main Mix will always be found on the far right-hand side.
All other output mixes can be found below the Main mix tab. Select any of these output mixes to make changes to them. A master fader for these mixes will appear on the left-hand side of the Mix Select section. You can also choose to have these mixes mirror the main mix by selecting "Mirror Main".
You can create different monitor mixes for many reasons. The most typical is creating separate mixes for the musicians you are recording without changing your main mix.
You may want to mute DAW 1/2 in Mix 3/4 because this will ensure that the musician only hears the audio being sent from the DAW on outputs 3/4 and will not hear the Main mix.
Similarly, if you do not wish to hear the musicians mix while monitoring the Main mix, mute DAW 3/4 on the Main mix.
For more information, please see section 2.4 of The Studio 1824c and 1810c user manual.
Please contact PreSonus Technical Support by creating a Support Ticket at My.PreSonus.com for further assistance.