Published March 10, 2022
Updated May 20, 2022
In this article, we will cover how to set up a multi-output audio interface with Pipeline XT in order to insert external hardware into your Studio One signal chain. For this instructional article, we will be using the 1810c as our audio interface.
Please Note: You must have Studio One 5 Professional in order to use Pipeline XT.
1. Open Studio One and click on Configure Audio Devices.
2. Select your audio interface. In this example, we have selected the 1810c interface.
3. Create a new song. You may wish to use the preconfigured interface templates or you can create a blank new song. In this case, we will create a blank new song to show you the process of configuring your Input and Outputs manually (I/O)
4. Once your new song is created please navigate to the track menu and add two mono tracks or two stereo tracks. This is dependent on whether or not you wish to send out a stereo stream or a mono stream to your external hardware. In this example, we will create two mono audio tracks as will we be processing a vocal. The first audio track will contain the Pipeline XT plugin, while the second track will accept the return audio coming from your external hardware. We have named these tracks Pipeline XT and Pipeline XT Return.
5. Once your two audio tracks are created you will need to configure your I/O to ensure that the audio is routed correctly to these tacks and to the external hardware processor. To configure your I/O navigate to:
(Mac) -----> Studio One----> Preferences -----> Song Setup----> Audio I/O Setup.
(PC) -----> Studio One ----> Options ----> Audio Setup ---->Song Setup ----> Audio I/O Setup.
Once you have navigated to the I/O Matrix please create a mono output (Add Mono), select an output on the matrix and hit "Apply". This will be our Pipeline output so we can call this output "pipeline output" which we will be sending out on Line Output 3 on the 1810c.
Now we will have to create a mono input to receive the signal coming back from the external hardware and through Pipeline XT. This is the same process as creating an output.
6. Now that we have our I/O setup we can insert the Pipeline XT Plugin. To do this drag the Pipeline XT plugin from your list of effects in the browser window to the insert of the track that you will be using to send audio to your external hardware. In our case, this is the Pipeline XT track. (Please note that there are mono and stereo versions of Pipeline XT, in this example we are using Pipeline XT mono).
We will also need to set the input of the track we are using as the return track from our external hardware processor. See the three steps below on how to do this
Step 1: Click the wrench icon
Step 2: Ensure I/O connections
Step 3. Set the input of the return track as Pipeline Return
7. Now we can open the Pipeline XT plugin and assign our send and returns. In our example, we have set the send to "Pipeline Output (Line Out 3) and Return to "Pipeline Return (Line Input 5)"
8. Now we can arm our return track in Studio One to record the signal coming back from our external hardware processor.
For more extensive information about the Pipeline XT we recommend having a look at the manual:
Please contact PreSonus Technical Support by creating a Support Ticket at My.PreSonus.com for further assistance.