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M-Audio Firewire 410 Application Guide

Published: Tue June 08, 2004  News Feed

M-Audio designed the FireWire 410 to be a professional, portable solution for getting audio and MIDI in and out of your computer. Using the high-bandwidth IEEE-1394 (FireWire) bus, the FireWire 410 provides your computer with a high-resolution multichannel audio interface, as well as sixteen channels of MIDI in and out.

With its built-in low-noise mic preamps, XLR mic and 1/4” line level analog inputs, the FireWire 410 gives you a professional quality audio “front end” for your Digital Audio Workstation. You can connect an instrument or microphone to the FireWire 410’s front-panel inputs, with switchable phantom power for condenser mics. With its eight line level analog outputs, you can connect to a mixer or surround matrix, or
directly to powered monitors. And with two channels of digital I/O on TOSLink‘s optical and RCA coaxial connectors, you can record to and from a CD, MiniDisc, or DAT. In all, the FireWire 410 gives you a total of four inputs and ten outputs of connectivity to your computer, in a rugged but compact package that can travel with you anywhere.

Audio Setup

Connect the FireWire 410’s outputs to your amplifier, powered monitors or surround system. For two-channel stereo operation, the default outputs are channels 1 and 2. (You may change this in the FireWire 410 control panel if you desire.) For multi-channel surround output, connect up to eight powered monitors to the FireWire 410’s eight analog outputs.

If you are monitoring through headphones, connect one or two sets of headphones to the FireWire 410’s headphone outputs. Connect your microphones, instruments or other line level analog sources to the FireWire 410’s front or rear panel analog inputs. Note that the front and rear panel inputs do not function simultaneously. To use the mic/inst inputs, the mic/line switch must be in the “out,” or “mic” position. Connect your S/PDIF digital devices to the FireWire 410’s optical or coaxial digital I/O. Note that only one digital I/O (optical or coaxial) may be active at a time; the active digital I/O is selected in the FireWire 410 control panel.

Midi Setup

Connect your MIDI device’s MIDI Input to the FireWire 410’s MIDI Output. Connect your MIDI device’s MIDI Output to the FireWire 410’s MIDI Input. Use the front-panel MIDI Thru switch to operate the FireWire 410 in stand-alone mode. In this mode connection to a host computer is not necessary to pass MIDI information.

Shown in the illustration below is a MIDI controller keyboard plugged into the FireWire 410’s MIDI input. A MIDI sound module is connected to the FireWire 410’s MIDI output.

 
 
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