Topic: Questions Setting UP the ADI-2 Pro for Mastering Using Analog Gear
I am trying, without success, to set up my ADI-2 Pro as an outboard AD/DA converter to bypass the converters in my very reliable, but aging FireFace 800, and use my outboard analog hardware chain to go back into the DAW and render the final mastered tracks. I am definitely missing something in the setup as I can get the SPDIF coaxial from the FF800 into the ADI2P and out to the analog buss, but when I render the master mix track the analog buss processing is not there and is bypassed completely.
Here is my signal path using the ADI-2 Pro in AD/DA Converter mode (@96K) in 64 bit Reaper DAW.
Master Track VST Insert (ReaInsert) SPDIF L & R Send to...
>> FF800 SPDIF (coax) out.
>> ADI2P SPDIF (coax) in
>> ADI2P XLRs analog out
>> Input to Dangerous Music "Liaison" analog matrix switcher buss A in
>> Buss A&B have the analog gear matrix, (comps, eq's, M/S processor) buss A is daisy chained to buss B, then...
>> Liaison analog buss B output to...
>> ADI2P analog XLRs in
>> ADI2P ADAT optical (SPDIF) out
>> FF800 ADAT2 optical (SPDIF) input
>> Master Track VST insert Channels 1&2 Return
>> PSP Xenon VST limiter plug in
>> Channels 1&2 main speakers out.
I am monitoring this analog chain in several places using the Dangerous Music Monitor ST. I can listen to analog pre buss A, post-Buss B, and post limiter (PSP Xenon VST plugin) on the master track.
For some reason the post buss B signal with all the analog processing is not getting back into the DAW...
I can hear that Buss B is not returning when I monitor the DAW master track and of course in the rendered track.
It all works fine up until buss B does not return to the DAW. Also, if I just render using the FF800 going out to my analog chain and coming back into the DAW using this same VST plugin insert works fine and has for many years... The later version of that VST insert has been very reliable so I'm inclined to think it must be something else I am doing incorrectly with the ADI-2 Pro.
All the usual settings in the ADI2P AD/DA look OK; Clock, SRC, Source, ADAT locked, etc...
A very special thank you in advance to anyone that can offer suggestions to get me up and running with this setup.