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  • #46
    Bought myself an IO|26 today, will be recording with it this weekend -- I'll follow up with any issues or comments.

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    • #47
      A recording interface is for recording, and you supposed to have a dedicated computer just for that...I don't care about glitches when I open mail, and browsers, those things don't have nothing to do with recording.


      I agree. Save your money and use core audio and that mini jack for recreational musical purposes. If you are serious about recording, then the main concern should be whether this unit malfunctions while tracking or mixing, not while surfing for porn.

      My interest, if anyone can address it, is whether these preamps are as good or better than those in the TC Konnekt 24D. I want to buy one of the many glitchy units available and I prefer more i/o.

      Anyone?
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      • #48
        I agree. Save your money and use core audio and that mini jack for recreational musical purposes. If you are serious about recording, then the main concern should be whether this unit malfunctions while tracking or mixing, not while surfing for porn.

        My interest, if anyone can address it, is whether these preamps are as good or better than those in the TC Konnekt 24D. I want to buy one of the many glitchy units available and I prefer more i/o.

        Anyone?


        Sorry, but I really don't buy this. You're making excuses for the interface. Every other established FW interface can be used in this manner, and can deal with switching between apps without any glitches. Alesis' comments, which are along the lines of "this is normal", are even more frightening.

        I want to io26 to be my next interface. It has everything I need, at the right price. But I'm not going to purchase an audio interface that doesn't allow me to properly use iTunes when I want to listen to some tunes in between making music.

        I'm not judging the interface yet. But, I did want to know if anyone else could replicate (and not make excuses for) this documented issue.

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        • #49
          I have an IO26 that I use with my Powerbook G4 and this doesn't happen. Perhaps this is a MacIntel issue? Anyways I'm sure Alesis will address this. After all it's new interface and the Mac Intel is relatively new. I'm pretty happy with my IO26 and it works great with Logic. Where else can you get up to 24 inputs similtaneous for $400 bucks?


          Sorry, but I really don't buy this. You're making excuses for the interface. Every other established FW interface can be used in this manner, and can deal with switching between apps without any glitches. Alesis' comments, which are along the lines of "this is normal", are even more frightening.

          I want to io26 to be my next interface. It has everything I need, at the right price. But I'm not going to purchase an audio interface that doesn't allow me to properly use iTunes when I want to listen to some tunes in between making music.

          I'm not judging the interface yet. But, I did want to know if anyone else could replicate (and not make excuses for) this documented issue.

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          • #50
            Thanks for the review Anderton, can't wait to see the rest of it. Best wishes to your mother. Just to get this straight, the io26 has 8 preamps correct? If so, that is an outstanding deal for $400, even if the preamps are mixer quality, you don't need a cheap mixer to do this job now.

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            • #51
              I've got a question for you fellow io26 owners.

              My old Delta 1010LT could reverse the phase on an input if two mics were out of phase with each other. Is there a way to do this on the io26?
              PROLETARIAT







              Originally Posted by Norton666


              Man , Ive held off replying to any Klops threads because its kind of like the sweet , naive retarded kid down the street who is out putting in hours on his pogo stick every single night with dreams of someday going pro . You have to admire his ambition and determination , but at some point , he will realize he is retarded and there isnt a pro pogo stick league. I just dont wanna be the guy to tell him . Wait...............

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              • #52
                I've got a question for you fellow io26 owners.

                My old Delta 1010LT could reverse the phase on an input if two mics were out of phase with each other. Is there a way to do this on the io26?


                I have not found a phase flip function on the io26, so I suspect there isn't one. That's not a big deal to me, though, as my host software has a phase flip switch on each channel.
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                • #53
                  I have not found a phase flip function on the io26, so I suspect there isn't one. That's not a big deal to me, though, as my host software has a phase flip switch on each channel.



                  Really? Is that something Cubase SX has?
                  PROLETARIAT







                  Originally Posted by Norton666


                  Man , Ive held off replying to any Klops threads because its kind of like the sweet , naive retarded kid down the street who is out putting in hours on his pogo stick every single night with dreams of someday going pro . You have to admire his ambition and determination , but at some point , he will realize he is retarded and there isnt a pro pogo stick league. I just dont wanna be the guy to tell him . Wait...............

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                  • #54
                    Hi to you all,

                    I’m rather new to this forum, and I’ve been searching all the threads available on Alesis’ new io26. I’ll post my comment here, and hope you don’t mind if you find it on other forums too, as I’m trying to find as many io26 users as possible to solve my problems.
                    I’ve had my io26 for 2 weeks now, and I’m still trying to get it to work properly. I have an iBook G4 with 1.25 Go RAM running on Panther. I know it’s not the most recent configuration, but it more than matches recommendations found in the Reference manual (it says at least OSX 3.9 and 526 Mo RAM).
                    What I really liked about the io26’s specifications, amongst MANY other things, was of course the 8 mic ins, so it can actually record a full drum kit, which I haven’t done yet and you’ll see why…
                    So far, I’ve tried using it with Tracktion2 first, since this is one of the most musician-friendly (as opposed to engineer-friendly) DAW that I’ve come across. Sure, it’s not PT, Logic or any of the highly-rated DAWs in the market, but it does have everything you need to record music, as well as various settings for audio, midi, plug-ins, latency, etc. (what I say here might not seem relevant to this topic, but you’ll see IT IS).
                    After installing the drivers, which was really fast, I tried to record a simple song, thinking, let’s have something with 8 tracks only and just some plug-in eq or reverb here and there, and see how it reacts. I mean, nothing that could be a heavy burden for my computer. So I recorded the whole thing, track by track – not 8 tracks simultaneously.
                    The problem is, I KEPT GETTING POPS AND DROPOUTS ALL THE TIME. I was not using any other application at the same time. No wi-fi, no Bluetooth, no internet browser, no iTunes!
                    So I emailed Alesis’ support, who replied really quickly. Here’s what they said:
                    “Is there a way in Tracktion to adjust any buffer or latency settings? Also have you tried the Cubase LE program to see if this also produced pops and clicks? Also I would disable any networks, wireless, bluetooth devices, or internet connections. Also I would recommend restoring your disk permissions and resetting the PRAM.”

                    Ok, I know that the io26 hasn’t been tested with Tracktion (shame, though – there’s an army of Tracktion users out there), as it’s not on the list of tested DAWs on Alesis FAQs page. But do you know any DAW that hasn’t got latency settings? I mean, c’mon!
                    So I did everything they advised me to do, INCLUDING restoring disk permissions and resetting the PRAM. I even downloaded a free application to optimise my disk, although so many people say this is useless on a Mac (interesting issue, but not quite relevant for this thread).
                    Then I tried recording on Cubase LE, track by track again. I got pops while recording, (you can actually hear them exactly at the same time in the timeline) AND pops and dropouts during playback. And I did try various buffer settings.
                    But the thing is, I don’t want to use Cubase, I want Tracktion because it works best for me.
                    I will mail Alesis again and I hope I’ll get a more specific answer, as opposed to “turn off your other applications”, “it’s Tracktion’s fault”, “optimise your disk”.
                    Anyway, there is enough evidence that the io26 doesn’t work properly with all Power PC Macs. The only Power PC user with an io26 I’ve found so far is Roger (rogerr or rogerramjet on various forums), who doesn’t seem to have any problem with it. I actually took his posts into account before deciding to purchase the io26, as US-based users have been able to buy it first (it’s only been available over the pond for about 3 weeks). But apparently it does have issues with Intel Macs too – and Tiger, for that matter – so I don’t think it’s because of Panther or not enough RAM…
                    Any opinions?
                    iBook G4 1.2 GHz - 1.25 GB RAM - Tiger 10.4.11 - Tracktion2 - Alesis iO|26 - Tascam VL-X5

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                    • #55
                      Thanks for the review Anderton, can't wait to see the rest of it. Best wishes to your mother. Just to get this straight, the io26 has 8 preamps correct? If so, that is an outstanding deal for $400, even if the preamps are mixer quality, you don't need a cheap mixer to do this job now.


                      Yes 8 Pre's plus ADAT!
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                      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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                      • #56
                        Hi to you all,

                        I’m rather new to this forum, and I’ve been searching all the threads available on Alesis’ new io26. I’ll post my comment here, and hope you don’t mind if you find it on other forums too, as I’m trying to find as many io26 users as possible to solve my problems.
                        I’ve had my io26 for 2 weeks now, and I’m still trying to get it to work properly. I have an iBook G4 with 1.25 Go RAM running on Panther. I know it’s not the most recent configuration, but it more than matches recommendations found in the Reference manual (it says at least OSX 3.9 and 526 Mo RAM).
                        What I really liked about the io26’s specifications, amongst MANY other things, was of course the 8 mic ins, so it can actually record a full drum kit, which I haven’t done yet and you’ll see why…
                        So far, I’ve tried using it with Tracktion2 first, since this is one of the most musician-friendly (as opposed to engineer-friendly) DAW that I’ve come across. Sure, it’s not PT, Logic or any of the highly-rated DAWs in the market, but it does have everything you need to record music, as well as various settings for audio, midi, plug-ins, latency, etc. (what I say here might not seem relevant to this topic, but you’ll see IT IS).
                        After installing the drivers, which was really fast, I tried to record a simple song, thinking, let’s have something with 8 tracks only and just some plug-in eq or reverb here and there, and see how it reacts. I mean, nothing that could be a heavy burden for my computer. So I recorded the whole thing, track by track – not 8 tracks simultaneously.
                        The problem is, I KEPT GETTING POPS AND DROPOUTS ALL THE TIME. I was not using any other application at the same time. No wi-fi, no Bluetooth, no internet browser, no iTunes!
                        So I emailed Alesis’ support, who replied really quickly. Here’s what they said:
                        “Is there a way in Tracktion to adjust any buffer or latency settings? Also have you tried the Cubase LE program to see if this also produced pops and clicks? Also I would disable any networks, wireless, bluetooth devices, or internet connections. Also I would recommend restoring your disk permissions and resetting the PRAM.”

                        Ok, I know that the io26 hasn’t been tested with Tracktion (shame, though – there’s an army of Tracktion users out there), as it’s not on the list of tested DAWs on Alesis FAQs page. But do you know any DAW that hasn’t got latency settings? I mean, c’mon!
                        So I did everything they advised me to do, INCLUDING restoring disk permissions and resetting the PRAM. I even downloaded a free application to optimise my disk, although so many people say this is useless on a Mac (interesting issue, but not quite relevant for this thread).
                        Then I tried recording on Cubase LE, track by track again. I got pops while recording, (you can actually hear them exactly at the same time in the timeline) AND pops and dropouts during playback. And I did try various buffer settings.
                        But the thing is, I don’t want to use Cubase, I want Tracktion because it works best for me.
                        I will mail Alesis again and I hope I’ll get a more specific answer, as opposed to “turn off your other applications”, “it’s Tracktion’s fault”, “optimise your disk”.
                        Anyway, there is enough evidence that the io26 doesn’t work properly with all Power PC Macs. The only Power PC user with an io26 I’ve found so far is Roger (rogerr or rogerramjet on various forums), who doesn’t seem to have any problem with it. I actually took his posts into account before deciding to purchase the io26, as US-based users have been able to buy it first (it’s only been available over the pond for about 3 weeks). But apparently it does have issues with Intel Macs too – and Tiger, for that matter – so I don’t think it’s because of Panther or not enough RAM…
                        Any opinions?


                        Mac Specs from the Alesis Website::
                        Mac:
                        • Power Mac G4 Dual 867MHz or faster, all Intel Mac models
                        • 1 Gig RAM or more
                        • Mac OSX 10.4 or higher


                        I would suggest that you start a new thread http://acapella.harmony-central.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=50 Craig's Forum or the Recording Forum http://acapella.harmony-central.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=57 , I purchased mine 3 days ago I have not be able to tested it fully yet.

                        Start a new thread if you don't mind........And we'll go from there...\
                        I'm using a PC.

                        Thanks
                        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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                        • #57
                          On the contrary, Vincent...this does belong here. Either his scenario is common, in which case Alesis needs to know about it, or it is not, in which case he needs to figure out what his problem is. However, it seems at first glance his system doesn't meet the minimum specs with respect to the processor.

                          Pops and dropouts can be due to so many different reasons...I've had outdated graphic card drivers cause that type of problem. IF we can chase down the problem, I'm sure Alesis would be grateful as they could then handle any other people who had the same problem.

                          And as an aside, in terms of doing Pro Reviews on several interfaces, Firewire Mac interfaces seem more problematic than Windows computers IF the Windows computers have the right card. I've certainly experienced some weird issues with interfaces and my dual G5; check out the PreSonus Inspire thread for details, and how I solved it.
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                          • #58
                            Well yes... that's what it says on the io26 page. However, in the Reference manual that comes with the interface (and is also downloadable on the support page), it says:
                            "Minimum Macintosh Requirements:
                            • Any Apple computer with native Firewire support
                            • Mac OS X “Panther” version 10.3 or later
                            • 256 MB RAM (512 MB or more recommended)"
                            I was well aware of these discrepancies, so I e-mailed Alesis in November and here's what they replied:
                            "The details on the website have not been updated to reflex what is in the manual since this was a pre-release product page. The IO/14-26 is still in development though the suggested minimum requirements in the manual would [be] the one’s to follow for compatibility." (sorry for the spelling, it's cut and paste...)
                            Therefore, "the manual"... has it right. Or not?
                            I will follow your advice and start a new thread. Tomorrow, though, as it's 2 am here and I'm going to bed.
                            iBook G4 1.2 GHz - 1.25 GB RAM - Tiger 10.4.11 - Tracktion2 - Alesis iO|26 - Tascam VL-X5

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                            • #59
                              the one’s to follow for compatibility." (sorry for the spelling, it's cut and paste...)
                              Therefore, "the manual"... has it right. Or not?
                              I will follow your advice and start a new thread. Tomorrow, though, as it's 2 am here and I'm going to bed.


                              I hope that some how you can make it work...see ya tomorrow
                              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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                              • #60
                                I hope that some how you can make it work...see ya tomorrow


                                Craig is using a MAc to test the iO/26 for this review, so keep an eye on this review 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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