Overbridge FAQ, Tips & Tricks
With all the different setups, systems and DAW combinations Overbridge can sometimes be a bit tricky to wrap your head around. Here we will collect FAQ, tips and tricks, and workflow and update this top post as we go. Feel free to contribute and discuss below.
- macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14 or 10.15 (latest update)
- Windows 10 (latest Service Pack)
- At least Intel Core i5 CPU. Ultra-Low Power CPUs like the Intel U-Series or Y-Series are generally not recommended
- 8GB of RAM
- OpenGL 3.2 capable GPU
- A 1280 x 768 pixels resolution monitor
- At least 250 MB free hard drive space
- A dedicated USB host port for each connected Overbridge supported Elektron device is preferable to minimize problems with both connectivity and performance. If you want to connect multiple Elektron instruments to a computer host with only one USB controller, a high-quality hub, such as the Elektron Overhub, should be used.
The specs are not the only thing necessary to have a smooth experience. Real-time performance of the system is equally important. This is affected by other running processes and by different manufacturers of computer hardware.
Currently Overbridge works best in Ableton, Logic, Bitwig and Studio One. Cubase and Reaper are being worked on at the moment.
Selecting an Elektron device as a sound card: CoreAudio & Bit-Accurate
Bit-Accurate is a HAL driver; an old Apple audio technology. It is a thin layer close to the hardware and pretty similar to ASIO in how it works. The result is always bit accurate and the latency should also be very low. Typically, HAL is an exclusive mode (only one application can use the device).
CoreAudio is Apple’s later audio tech, and nowadays the only choice. It does not guarantee bit accuracy since the audio may or may not be resampled along the way. It may or may not add additional latency to the streams, depending on the rest of the audio setup (for example aggregate devices). CoreAudio is typically non-exclusive, allowing multiple apps to use the same interface.
We would recommend using CoreAudio since HAL seems to be deprecated in recent macOS updates.
If you already have a sound card, then the Overbridge plugin will allow you to access the individual audio streams, including the psychical inputs from the Elektron unit - while still using another sound card assigned in a DAW.
Using Overbridge with MKI & MKII devices
All MKI and MKII devices that host a high-speed 480Mbit/s USB port will stream at 32bit 48kHz on all channels at all times. It does not matter if the USB hub is MTT. All devices hosting a 12Mbit/s USB port will need to utilise the user-set channel config inside the Overbrige Control Panel app that determines which channels should stream and at what quality (16/24bit). Depending on hub setup and computer OS, the mileage may vary depending on how many channels you can run. This may change between computer OS versions as well. If you mix other USB devices with a 12Mbit/s device, it is important that you use an MTT hub such as Overhub.
Tips & Tricks
Record send FX on an individual track
Recording the send FX separately can only be done by isolating the FX output at the master output. To do this, change the track audio routings inside SETTINGS / AUDIO ROUTING on your machine. The tracks can be un-routed from the master output by pressing the Trig buttons on that menu. These tracks will need to be monitored via individual audio streams through Overbridge Stand Alone or VSTi & AU plugins inside a DAW. Check out the DAW templates to get you started.
Record parameter automation in DAW
Hit record on your DAW and change parameters on Overbridge connected device. The parameter changes will be recorded into the DAW - great for adding those subtle changes to your music.
Analog treatment of Digital DAW audio
Drag and drop the Analog Heat plugin into any DAW track, or route DAW tracks into Analog Four or Rytm to start adding that analog goodness. The analog systems always run in physical real-time. This means you cannot use the traditional non-realtime bounce functionality of your DAW to render down the audio. Instead, you have to rely on real-time resampling functionality (or if your DAW sports a real-time bounce functionality
Routing individual tracks inside a DAW
The plugins handle the multitrack audio streams. Individual tracks should be routed from the plugin to other tracks inside the DAW. Check out the Templates for basic setup styles.
Syncing Overbridge units to DAW
The plugins handle the sync, which can be toggled at the top of the plugin interface.
Logic & Digitakt Multitracking
Multi track recording template for Digitakt in Logic. Digitakt Multitracking Logic Template.zip (339.3 KB)
Logic & Digitone Multitracking
Multi track recording template for Digitone in Logic. Digitone Multitracking Logic Template.zip (357.9 KB)
Ableton & Digitakt Multitracking
Multi-track recording template for Digitakt in Ableton. Note that, to get the Delay & Reverb signals separately, you will need to un-route the audio tracks from the master on the Digitakt. These settings can be found in Settings / Audio Routing. When this is done, the Digitakt Main channel on Ableton will only have wet FX. Digitakt Multitracking Template Project.zip (26.6 KB)
Ableton & Digitone Multitracking
Multi-track recording template for Digitone in Ableton. Note that, to get the Chorus & Delay & Reverb signals separately, you will need to un-route the audio tracks from the master on the Digitone. These settings can be found in Settings / Audio Routing. When this is done, the Digitone Main channel on Ableton will only have wet FX. Digitone Multitracking Template Project.zip (37.1 KB)
Ableton & Analog Four MK2 Multitracking
Multi-track recording template for Analog Four in Ableton. Note that, to get the Chorus & Delay & Reverb signals separately, you will need to un-route the audio tracks from the master on the Analog Four. These settings can be found in Settings / Audio Routing. When this is done, the Analog Four Main channel on Ableton will only have wet FX. Analog Four Multitracking Template Project.zip (26.4 KB)
Ableton & Analog Rytm MK2 Multitracking
Multi-track recording template for Analog Rytm in Ableton. Note that, to get the Delay & Reverb signals separately, you will need to un-route the audio tracks from the master on the Analog Rytm. These settings can be found in Settings / Audio Routing. When this is done, the Analog Rytm Main channel on Ableton will only have wet FX. Also, separated tracks won’t be affected by the analog distortion & compressor. Analog Rytm Multitracking Template Project.zip (33.4 KB)
Device is not recognized by the Overbridge Engine
- Make sure your Elektron device is set to Overbridge mode.
- If you are on macOS make sure that your driver is not blocked (via System Preferences - Security & Privacy).
- If you are on Windows and have had a previous version installed. Make sure to uninstall then reboot, re-install and again reboot. It is very important to reboot both after uninstalling and installing.
Installing Overbridge on Win 7, Win 8.1
In some cases it is possible to install and run Overbridge in Windows 7 and 8.1 if you disable driver signature enforcement. This is unsupported and by doing this you are disabling important safety features in Windows. Use at your own risk.
Automation using Overbridge may cause sluggish GUI
Heavy automation using external MIDI CC or using Overbridge may slowdown the GUI on the unit.
Possible compatibility issues with MOTU audio interfaces
We are getting reports of possible compatibility issues with MOTU audio interfaces.
Logic 10.5 multi-out issue
Logic 10.5 has a reported bug affecting multi-out. We recommend updating to Logic 10.5.1 which fixes this issue.
Logic Pro X - 44.1kHz sample rate issues
Make sure to set your Logic Pro X project to 48kHz to avoid issues when running Overbridge as an audio interface.
Multiple modulation sources
When using aftertouch and pitch bend at the same time it may reset the active modulation amount. Please refrain from using multiple sources for the time being.
Samples not loading or showing up in plugin
This can occur if the sample list has samples that have been removed in the plugin, and the machine might not sync correctly. The solution is to simply fill those slots with other samples; they are not really occupied.