Audient iD44 – iD Mixer Application Overview

In this video I’m going to take you
through the different features of the iD Mixer, that controls iD44. If you want information on a
particular section of the iD Mixer then go to the video
description for timestamps of the different sections
so you can skip ahead. On a Mac, double click on the iD Mixer
in your application menu. This will launch the app and
create a menu bar item in the top right of the screen. The mixer window should then open so long as your unit is
connected and powered on. If you close the mixer window you can reopen it at any time
by clicking on the iD icon and selecting show mixer window. On Windows, click the ID Mixer in the application menu to launch the app this will open the mixer window
when iD44 is connected and also create an icon in the system tray where you can open the
mixer window and change settings like iD44’s sample rate
and buffer size. Simply put, the iD Mixer is the control
centre for your iD interface allowing you to customise functionality and settings to make iD44 work best for your workflow. The ID mixer is made up of
a few different sections The channel section displays your
analog and digital inputs as well as your DAW returns or in other
words, the audio coming back from your digital audio workstation or computer. The Master Section contains the
Cue Mixes and the monitor controls. Then finally you have the system panel which enables you to control
your routing and other settings. We will look at the routing
options available in more detail later in this video. So the Channel Section is
what you will use to build up your Main and Cue Mixes
or in other words the audio you want to send out of iD44 whether it’s your full DAW mix
going to your main speakers or a separate headphone mix with a click
track to an artist you’re recording. There are three kinds of channels Mic Channels, Digital Channels and DAW Returns and these individual types can be hidden
using these channel toggle buttons in the master section to
help keep things tidy. The four mic channels show you the
signal from the mic and line inputs The “Digi” channels show any
signal from the optical inputs and the DAW returns display the
audio coming back from your computer where the iD44 output in your DAW will correspond to the DAW return channel. For example
Output 1+2 will go to DAW 1+2 and Output 3+4 will go to
DAW 3+4 and so on. This will come in really
handy when sending out separate artists mixes or processing
audio with outboard gear. At the top of each channel is the
customizable channel name. You can double click on this and
type the name that you want to help organize your mixer app. Once named if you forget the input type or get a little lost in the mixer window you can hover over the
channel toggle buttons and the type of input will
appear under the name. On the analog and digital input channels a polarity reverse button can
be found below the naming strip for dealing with phase
issues caused from multiple microphones such as top and bottom miking a snare or
the front and back of a guitar cab. Next you have the pan controls to position
your signal in the stereo field you also have the stereo grouping button letting
you control the levels of a stereo source by grouping together two adjacent
channels. The solo and mute buttons allow
you to quickly isolate channels which can be useful if
you want to check that a particular input is sounding good without any distraction from other sources. Finally you have the meter and
the fader. The meter displays the dBFS value which is the level that comes
into your computer. If the input is set too loud the peak LED will light up meaning
you have clipped your converters and could end up with some
bad sounding distortion. We recommend setting your
input so at the loudest point you’re peaking at -10dB. The fader is used to set the
monitoring level of a channel for the particular mix you’re working on. and when you turn up one of the input
channels you’re actually making use of the low latency monitoring letting you
listen to your inputs without any delay. To quickly zero a fader you can hold alt
and click on the fader cap. These three channel types will allow you to build up
your main monitor mix as well as up to four additional cue mixes found to the right of the
channels in the master section. In the master section you are able to
toggle between different cue mixes letting you create custom headphone
mixes for artists you’re recording. Simply click on the cue mix
you want to edit and adjust the faders each cue has its own
colour associated with it which can be seen in the cue name and
also in the coloured bar above the channels. Like the channel names, the
cue name can be customised by double clicking and renaming. If you want to preview a cue mix you can hit the solo
button in the cue window. You can also adjust the master
level of a cue mix here too. The meters will show you the overall of a cue and the chronometer along
the bottom will show the level over the last 20 seconds so you can see that the
audio signal is being sent and you can keep an eye out for any clipping. Next we have the monitor control buttons. Here you have a number of different functions
that can be used to help improve your workflow in the studio including
talkback, polarity mono, alt speaker, dim and cut. The polarity button will flip
one side of the stereo field whilst also activating mono using phase cancellation
to cut out the center of the stereo signal and playing only the sides. This is a great way to get mix inspiration by removing center panned signals in
existing records or to check the sides of your own mixes and make sure that any
reverbs and delay tails are sounding as good as they can. The mono button will sum a
stereo mix bus into a mono signal which is useful for checking if your mix
will sound good on mono sources such as mobile devices. The alternate speakers button
enables you to quickly switch speakers at the touch of a button. Once configured you can toggle
between different speakers or headphones and you’re able to match the level of the second set of speakers using the ALT
speaker trim found in the system panel which we’ll have a look at later. Each one of these monitor controls
can be assigned to a function button by right-clicking and selecting the
function button you want to assign it to This gives quick and flexible access
to your monitor controls in the middle of a session. There are dedicated buttons on iD44
to cut and dim the speaker output which will temporarily mute or
lower the level of the output while retaining your
preferred listening level perfect for having a quick word
with someone in the studio. You can also control how much the dim
lowers the level in the system panel There is also a dedicated talkback button which opens up a line of communication
between the engineer and artist either using one of the mic inputs or
any mic connected to your computer This is configured in the System
Panel which we will go over now. The system panel is where you can change
most of the inner workings of iD44 On the left hand side you have the digital
settings here you can select the digital protocol you want to use for your
digital inputs and outputs either ADAT or a S/PDIF. You’re able to choose
different protocols for the different individual
inputs and outputs Below this is the preferred clock source Here you can select whether you want to use
iD44 as the master clock by setting internal or whether you are wanting to slave iD44
from one of the external digital inputs The LEDs next the digital sources will show you the status of
the clock for that digital input. If you have selected an external
clock but the indicator is red then this indicates that there
is no clock signal on the input. This could be because a
cable isn’t connected or the wrong digital protocol is being used. A yellow indicator shows that a valid clock is available but the sample rate doesn’t match
the current operating sample rate of iD44 so you’ll need to go and
change the sample rate of iD44 or the device so they match up. A green indicator it means that a
valid clock is present on that input and it’s at the correct sample
rate, so you’re ready to record. For information on clocking and
setting up iD44 with digital equipment please click the card in the top
right of this video to find out more. Below the preferred clock source
you have the mono mode letting you adjust which output
is used during mono summing. At the bottom are the trims
for the dim and alt speakers allowing you to set the output level
when the dim or alt button is pressed. Nnow we move on to the routing panel which has a number of tabs
allowing you to control the output routing for the analog outputs and
both the digital outputs. The sources are displayed horizontally along the top and the outputs are vertically on the left To route the signal click the
button that lines up with both the source and
destination you want. By default the main mix is routed
to analog outputs 1+2 which means that everything you’ve
turned up in the main mix will be sent to your main speaker outputs. Alt speaker will switch
that particular output to play the main mix when the
Alt speaker button is pressed. This can be used for speakers or headphones. If you have built a low
latency monitoring mix for an artist on one of the cue mixes and you want to send it to an output you would select one of the
buttons below the appropriate cue mix. You could therefore send Cue A to
Headphones 1 for example. DAW Thru allows you to directly route signal
from your DAW to a physical output. So for example if you set
outputs 3+4 to DAW Thru this means that anything that is sent
out of outputs 3+4 in your DAW Will get sent directly to the physical outputs 3+4 bypassing all routing and volume controls. This is useful if you want to
send pre-recorded audio to external gear at full line
level in the iD mixer. Because of this you’ll need to be careful
of using Daw Thru on your main outputs as it will send full volume
audio to your speakers which might not be very pleasant. You will get a warning
explanation every time you select it just in case you press it by mistake. You can set the outputs to mono by
pressing the stereo button on the left this will allow you to choose different
sources for each output. This is useful if you want to send two mono
signals to different pieces of outboard gear from Output 3 and Output 4 for example. The routing matrix works exactlythe same for the digital outputs as it does for the analog outputs. By default the digital outputs
are all set to DAW Thru meaning you can send the signal
out of Outputs 9+10 in your DAW and it would send signal to the first
two channels of the first digital output. The final tab in the routing
panel is the talkback tab where you can select the input that you’ll
be using for your talkback source Here you have the option
of one of iD44’s inputs whether analog or digital or you’re able to use an
external source which could be your computer’s inbuilt mic or
even a USB microphone. When selecting an internal source it gives you the choice of the
currently available input channels. Simply choose the input that your
talkback microphone is connected to and you’re ready to go. Selecting an external output gives you a list of the audio devices currently
connected to your computer which can be used as a talkback source. Select the device you wish to use and if
applicable choose the input channel. When a talkback source is
selected that channel will turn into a talkback channel
in the iD Mixer window. An external source will come
in on the DAW Return 10 channel. A talkback channel can be identified
by it’s solo and mute channels changing into a talkback button
which will trigger the talkback. By default the talkback channel
will be routed to all the cue mixes ready to be sent to
your artists headphones. Once you’ve setup the iD Mixer just how you want it you can save it as a preset or
even store the settings on the unit itself so you don’t even need to open
the iD mixer to recall all your settings. To save a current setup
simply go to file ->save and you can now give the configuration a
name to remember it by and click Save. you can also export the configuration
to send to friends or collaborators or to store along with your project. To recall a preset simply
go to file and then click Open a list of your previously saved
presets will appear Choose the one you wish
to use and click Load. The mixer will now change
to that particular preset. If you plan on using iD44 away
from a computer then you can save a preset directly onto the iD44 itself
known as a standalone state. This is great for complex
monitoring mixes out on the road. So to do this simply go to the setup
menu and select Store Standalone State. The current configuration of the mixer
will then be saved into iD44’s memory. It is worth noting that the Mixer app will always
take preference over the standalone settings so if the app is loaded and
the unit is connected then the standalone setting
will be replaced. Occasionally we will release firmware updates for the iD44 to add new features or
to maintain compatibility with any new operating system releases. To ensure your iD44 is running
the latest version of firmware simply go to the help menu
and select Check For Updates The iD mixer application will
check if any updates are available and if so will prompt you to install them. If your computer doesn’t
have an internet connection you can also update using a
locally stored firmware file which will be available for download on our website. Simply click Next once you’ve selected
the file location and click Update. The process will take around a minute and the iD44 may make a few clicking sounds
when the relays change during the process. Once completed reboot the iD44
fully to finalise the installation. We hope that this video has given you an
idea of the capabilities and powerful features of the iD mixer and that you
find it a useful tool to add to your workflow. For more information about iD44
or the iD Mixer please look at the product manual which is available for
download on our website or have a look at some of
our other help videos

23 thoughts on “Audient iD44 – iD Mixer Application Overview

  • I'm dying to get one iD44 here in Brazil. This interface is everything that's right with modern studio recording, don't need anything else!

  • Could you make a video how to integrate and work with the iD Mixer and a DAW like Cubase? does it have direct integration like the Steinberg UR44 or do i need to set up both mixer iD and DAW?

  • Brilliant and intuitive! Seems like a great UI and user experience. Can't wait to get my hands on this baby!

  • +Audient What exactly was the reasoning behind making the System Panel a completely separate window from the Mixer App??? :/ Why not just keep it as a convenient show/hide panel? Menu-Diving is bad enough as it is!

    The original Mixer Panel for iD22 was IMO one of the best GUIs available for an audio interface. What's with the horrible, low-contrast, extremely hard to see "Dark Vader" graphics scheme, LOL? Were there really a plethora of customer complaints about the original GUI?

    IMO, don't "fix" what ain't broke! IMO, you guys are taking one step forward and TWO BIG STEPS BACK with this new GUI. :/ There is absolutely nothing wrong with keeping it more consistent with the look of your actual hardware mixing consoles and the iD44 itself! WTF?!

    While I agree that the original GUI could possibly benefit from a slight "freshen up", this new GUI/Dark Graphics Scheme is just abysmal. This alone has honestly made me hesitate in my decision to upgrade to the iD44, and/or to even update to the new Mixer App when it becomes available for my iD22. :/

    Other reservations:

    1. Why the limitation to 24/96 while nearly all of the competition in this category is capable of 24/176.4 or 24/192?

    2. Why are there no Sends & Returns on Channels 3 & 4??? It's the same as the iD22 and not an upgrade.

    3. While the Mic Pres are Very Good, in real world use with the iD22 I've found them to be way too noisy anywhere past ~50dB of gain. So in real world use, the claimed 60dB of gain touted in the specs is rather useless. This can be extremely limiting with quite a few microphones, such as the ubiquitous Shure SM7B (seen in your demo), and many great passive ribbon mics, etc.

    I guess that the consensus is that they are "good enough" for most bedroom/project studio pop/rock/metal/hip-hop/rap recordings. But if you're trying to record any delicate singer/songwriter, acoustic, or classical music it can be challenging, especially when needing to stack or layer a lot of tracks.

    I'd honestly like to see much better S/N performance in 2018, and at least SOME IMPROVEMENT over the iD22 in this regard.

    4. I don't understand why you had to remove the Phase Inversion Switches from the front panel when it's quite a bit larger overall than the iD22? Another strike against menu diving.

    I am happy that you've improved the front panel input/output metering a bit. That's one area that I really felt the iD22 was seriously lacking.

    With as many improvements as you have made, my above negative points keep the iD44 from being a truly desirable or compelling upgrade from the iD22, not to mention the choices we have through competing products.

    Sadly, I will most likely pass on the new iD44 and look elsewhere, and I was really not expecting that! And that decision will be even more sealed in stone if the new USB Drivers and Latency Performance are not Vastly Improved. This has been a significant issue for me with the iD22 for Far Too Long to be acceptable.

  • Nice GUI..Question: Is that screen shot in the video with the PCB card with the red transformers ( Crimsons?) inside the ID44 or is it just in the way and sitting on top of the console making people wishful think? (lol)

  • i updated my id 14 mixer and it looks exactly as it did before and it doesn't look like the new mixer whats the reason being?

  • What I like most about the new iD Mixer is the ability to use an external TB mic source.
    Since it seems your planning on making the new iD mixer available for your older interfaces as well, what is the possibility of this feature also being implemented?

  • Don’t get this for a windows 10 64 bit system. It simply doesn’t work correctly. It’s a headache mess. Sent mine back. Have a custom built rig from sweetwater. This unit would never work right. Was exchanged with another unit same thing. Firmware is a mess and drivers a mess. When i I did get it to work on another system the latency was not the greatest. Couldn’t imagine using this on a session of any size. Let down really. Mac users may have better luck I don’t know..

  • I like the look of this interface but was wondering if featured a loopback function to record from my computer into my DAW?

  • You recommend -10 dbfs to not clip but isn't that too low volume to hear yourself through the headphones? I wished the Mixer would have EQ & Compressor to get a real feel while recording and not that raw vocal.

  • I am currently using a two pc setup. My sm7b is being detected on PC2 that the interface is hooked up to via usb. PC 1 is being routed over to PC2 but I cannot get it to detect a signal. I hear the audio from PC1 through my headset, which is plugged into the ID44, but no audio is detected on PC2 from PC1. It is strange that I can hear both the Mic (SM7B) and audio from PC1 through my headset plugged into the ID44, but PC2 only detects the audio coming from my mic. I had no issues using my old Behringer X1204 USB interface routed the same way through usb. If I had hair I would have pulled it out by now. I have an open ticket with Audient, but have not heard back from them yet. I know my case is very specific, but is there anyone out there that may have some advice? Thanks in advance.

  • How would I go about setting up a cue mix using the headphone out in Ableton? What would be the "cue out" channel I should set?

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