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  • Hey Vilo you mean that you adjusted the buffer size settings right? What do you have those set to?

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    • I have owned the i/o26 for a few days now and I'm pretty sure i'll exchanging it in another few days. I just ready a thread on this subject where a tech support guy from Alesis said that the i/o 26's drivers are not working with OSX Panther, only with Tiger. What Alesis advertised was that the i/o 26 worked with Mac's Panther 10.3 and later. I'm getting horrible drop outs and silence when playing tracks from my DAW, thru the 26, & into my monitors. I run 10.3.9 Panther and have a Mac power pc g4. I tried different buffer settings and used 2 different firewire cables and still get silence and drop outs. I haven't even gotten to recording with it yet. It hasn't even played my recorded audio back without drop outs and glitch/screech noise. So it looks like I either update to 10.4 Tiger and keep it or return it and get a Motu interface. I was misled into thinking that the i/o 26 interface was compatible with Mac OSX 10.3 and later versions, by Alesis. I want to keep a drum kit mic'd up so having more than 2 xlr inputs is what I'm looking for.
      So my experience is that the Alesis i/o 26's drivers dont work with OSX Panther (Alesis still claims it does) & it's been a pain in my ass & this technical crap has stopped my creative process.
      Live 5, Mac G4 1.5GHz Powerbook 1.25GB RAM, OSX Panther 10.3.9, Alesis i/o 26 interface, Trigger Finger, Korg T2,, Schecter bass guitar, Fender Stratocaster, Hohner guitar, Remo drum set, Mackie 808M, BX5 monitors,1200's,DJM600, Final Scratch 2

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      • Hey Vilo you mean that you adjusted the buffer size settings right? What do you have those set to?


        Buffer size in samples:192

        Buffer size in Milliseconds:4ms[Sets automatically when the Buffer size in samples is set ]

        I'm on a PC and using Reaper: http://reaper.fm/
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        Too Many Songs To Learn, So little Time!!

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        • Dj. Drohyd, I totally agree with you (see my previous posts). Alesis still haven't changed their online pdf manuals, which still claim that the io|26 works with Panther 10.3.9. Again, the only option is apparently to upgrade to Tiger, bearing in mind that this will cost you at least 130 bucks more (unless you're going to install a hacked version, which I wouldn't advise you to do ). So it's quite easy:
          Alesis io|26 + Tiger = $530 (400+130)
          Motu 8 pre = $550
          Now, bear in mind that the 8pre has no separate inserts, only one headphone out, no SPDIF, and no phono input. On the plus side, it has 2 ADAT outs, as well as separate phantom power and cut pads for each channel.
          I'll probably upgrade to Tiger, although I rather hate to do it, also because it is going to reduce the speed of my processor. Actually, I'm not too sure what would be best: hassle them until they come up with an update that works with Panther, or demand that they PAY US for the upgrade, since we purchased their product basing ourselves on false advertising and misinformation.
          So bear in mind what Daniel (ragnarokzwei) said here:
          http://www.bigbluelounge.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=35587&postdays=0&postorder=asc&sta rt=75&sid=642465e0c759850d3235d9110150cf18
          iBook G4 1.2 GHz - 1.25 GB RAM - Tiger 10.4.11 - Tracktion2 - Alesis iO|26 - Tascam VL-X5

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          • Yes, you can record up to 8 live audio tracks and 1 midi track at time. See this for more information on multi-track recording in GarageBand.
            http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=garageband/3.0/en/df1117.html

            Plus, Apple has a good discussion board for GarageBand with a lot of helpful folks there. It would be a good resource for your friend.
            http://discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=127


            Great post. I was going to say the same thing! I'll just add that this is only for v3 of Garageband. I was playing with it last night with my new io | 26!

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              • Well, as its name suggests, it can have up to...erm...26 inputs.


                Yes you can, if you add the ADAT and the Spdi/F inputs
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                • On the plus side, it has 2 ADAT outs, as well as separate phantom power and cut pads for each channel.


                  It has two ADAT ins so you can expand the number of inputs using something like the PreSonus DigiMax FS. Phantom power is enabled/disabled for channel pairs, not individual channels.
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                  • WELL GOOD NEWS FROM ME!!!

                    I adjusted the latency to 192 and the io26 is now working on my desktop and laptop, with Reaper [laptop] and Sonar HS 4, Reaper on my Desktop, I'll try SonarHS4 on my laptop later on on the week
                    He's Coming,Make Music Be Happy
                    The Lord Is My Provider And My Boss, So Don't Even Think You Are The Man
                    Too Many Songs To Learn, So little Time!!

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                    • It has two ADAT ins so you can expand the number of inputs using something like the PreSonus DigiMax FS. Phantom power is enabled/disabled for channel pairs, not individual channels.

                      I was referring to Motu's 8pre, which also has 2 ADAT outs, as well as phantom power on individual channels. However, I forgot to mention that it only has 2 main outs.
                      iBook G4 1.2 GHz - 1.25 GB RAM - Tiger 10.4.11 - Tracktion2 - Alesis iO|26 - Tascam VL-X5

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                      • Thank you thank you thank you for doing a review of the IO26! I've looked everywhere, but cannot find any thing that's as in-depth as this.

                        I was going to buy the emu 1820M, but I'm now considering the IO26. Can you do a comparison on the pres and converters of these two models. The 1820M is discontinued and PCI (dying technology), but if the sound is that much better I will go for it. Also, do you know what the differences in specs are between the MasterControl and IO26 are. I record mostly vocals and really like the phono input for sampling.

                        Thanks,
                        mico

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                        • I've looked everywhere, but cannot find any thing that's as in-depth as this.

                          I was going to buy the emu 1820M, but I'm now considering the IO26. Can you do a comparison on the pres and converters of these two models. The 1820M is discontinued and PCI (dying technology), but if the sound is that much better I will go for it. Also, do you know what the differences in specs are between the MasterControl and IO26 are. I record mostly vocals and really like the phono input for sampling.

                          Thanks,
                          mico


                          You'll find some comparisons on pages 5 and 6 of this thread.

                          I sold my EMU 1820M some time ago, and to me, I don't think a difference can be heard on a blind test, at least no from a regular ear.
                          He's Coming,Make Music Be Happy
                          The Lord Is My Provider And My Boss, So Don't Even Think You Are The Man
                          Too Many Songs To Learn, So little Time!!

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                          • You'll find some comparisons on pages 5 and 6 of this thread.

                            I sold my EMU 1820M some time ago, and to me, I don't think a difference can be heard on a blind test, at least no from a regular ear.


                            Thanks, ViLo.

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                            • Thanks, ViLo.


                              Check this thread often, Craig is in Frankfurt, but I'm sure he will have more after he comes back, also Jim Norman from Alesis is posting here too.
                              He's Coming,Make Music Be Happy
                              The Lord Is My Provider And My Boss, So Don't Even Think You Are The Man
                              Too Many Songs To Learn, So little Time!!

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                              • Though all the mail order houses are back-ordered, your local Guitar Center may have them. I picked up an IO26 yesterday in Oxnard, California.

                                But I'm going to take it back. I'm having lots of problems with my G5 iMac.

                                1) The microphone level is too low. With my M-Audio MobilePre I can set the input level to "7" and I still have to turn down the record levels in the Amadeus recording program. With the Alesis I have to set the levels at maximum and I still don't red-line the mikes. Oddly, the level controls in Amadeus are grayed out and I can't boost (or cut) there. The mikes are SE Electronics model 1A using the phantom power.

                                2) The Alesis has bursts of static-like noise while recording, even if I set the Amadeus input buffer to 1024 bytes. I have posted two examples here:
                                http://www.bmumford.com/tmp/alesis/

                                3) When I set the Ableton Live output to the Alesis and listen with headphones, the output gets more and more garbled as it plays. After 10 seconds it's unrecognizable. If I stop playback and start it again, it's still all garbled. If I set the output to the Mac's internal speaker, it plays fine. If I go back to the Alesis, it plays fine until the garbling grows again.

                                4) The Mac seems to power the Alesis okay, but if I walk away and come back in an hour, the Mac has shut down. I suspect the Alesis is shutting down the Mac when it goes to sleep, but I haven't confirmed this yet. Any unsaved files are lost.

                                I used the updated drivers from the Alesis web site.

                                Any new piece of gear has a learning curve, but this is a lot of problems for the first day.
                                Mac dual G5 w/10.4.10, G5 iMac w/10.4.10
                                M-Audio Mobile Pre, Alesis io|26
                                Apple Logic Pro

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