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48v line 6 m20d

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#1 jamotillman


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Posted 07 January 2014 - 01:20 PM

Recently got my Line 6 m20D and I have been working my way through all of the amazing features I read about in the great stories of the fabled product descriptions and videos (sorry I am watching Lord of the Rings while I am writing this), and I was wondering If anybody knew the more technical details behind the 48V phantom system. Do you think there would be some possibility of a firmware update which would allow for individual 48V signals to be sent to each channel?? I know for me it would be excellent to have the ability to individually select a channel for power so I dont have to loose a row to those pesky power hungry condensor's.


Then my other question pertains to the direct to USB, are there any drivers needed to make this feature work. Or should I just be trying with something a bit more powerful than Audacity. When I was messing around with the direct record to computer I had not yet installed my copy of Ableton (I should preface I am on windows 8.1), and so I was wondering if there were drivers I was missing, or anything in particular I haven't read about.


I look forward to learning more and more about this system as it grows into the amazing beast it is destined to be (again sorry Lord of the Rings), and thank you Line 6 for these forums! They are super awesome and helpful!

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 02:34 PM

Can't help with your 48v question, but I can tell you that the M20d is not a good audio interface for general recording purposes using a DAW. The latency is just too high; synchronizing overdubs or additional tracks to the original recording is very troublesome. Switching to Ableton won't help.
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Posted 07 January 2014 - 09:41 PM

You shouldn't have to give up a strip of xlr connectors to use phantom power. Your dynamic mics will be fine plugged into the same strip. Nothing will be ruined. It is common on mixers to turn phantom power on from just one switch. With decent cables, you should not hear any hum, or any difference in the quality of sound. At least for live sound. Maybe recording, you may hear something?
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