So my studio has grown & exceeded my FF UFX’s I/O native capabilities, excluding ADAT expansion. This is new to me so I am looking for advice as to setting this up & making use of the pre’s of my UFX and properly routing my FX.
Here’s a break down of my I/O needs & what I’m trying to do:
Expressive E Touche
Machinedrum - 3 inputs required (stereo out + BD/SD out)
Toraiz AS-1 - 2 inputs required (stereo out)
MI Ambika - 2 inputs required (3 to 1 patched 1/4s x 2) [may get replaced by a VC340]
Shruthi 4P - 1 input required
Shruthi Dual SVF - 1 input required
Minitaur - 1 input required
Guitar or Mic - 1 input required
Total Inputs Required - 11 inputs
Specular Tempus - 2 inputs required (as Ableton send)
Red Panda Particle - 2 inputs required (as Ableton send)
Carolina Guitar Parabola - 1 input (routed directly after synth)
Strymon Deco - 2 inputs required (shouldn’t bus saturation correct? route something directly through this)
Total Inputs Required (if separate buses): 4
(also looking for advice as to how to best setup these FX)
Before expansion, I can handle some weird combinations of this, however ideally my setup would be as follows:
- All synths above routed through analog inputs of UFX. Pre-amps dedicated for guitar/mic input but other 3 I am open to whichever synth would best benefit from the pre-amps.
- Separate stereo buses for: reverb 1 (Specular Tempus), reverb 2 (particle)
- Strymon Deco on outputs of MD or Toraiz AS-1 by default, but with ability to swap to other synths
I think I’ll probably let the Parabola go since it isn’t stereo however I do like the sound of it.
What would you all recommend I do? I’m happy to get an expansion I/O to run through ADAT but what kind of audio quality do I lose vs straight analog input? Can I just get a cheap Behringer ADA8000 and it should work well with my UFX or will there be weird gain staging? Forgive my unfamiliarity with ADAT expansion.
What’s the best way to handle my various, isolated fx loops? I’ll probably end up throwing a delay into one of the reverb chains (or use the onboard delays of the Specular Tempus).
Does this seem like a decent setup? The plan is to swap synths in/out based on usage as I buy/sell ones & to keep the FX chain fairly straight forward.
I’m sure the top response will be “get a mixer” but I struggle with mixing with an analog device and prefer to use Ableton as my mixing application. If I did get one, I’d be looking for something like the SSL SiX but obv I don’t believe that would handle my I/O needs.
Any advice? Would be greatly appreciated.