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M-Audio AIR 192|14 - Frequently Asked Questions

 

The M-Audio AIR 19|14 is an 8-in 4-out feature-packed USB audio/MIDI interface that provides all of the connections and software you need to easily create professional 24-bit/192kHz studio-quality recordings. The AIR 192|14 features four XLR+1/4-inch TRS combo inputs, two 1/4-inch line inputs two 1/4-inch instrument inputs that have a specially designed gain and impedance stage to provide the most accurate representation of your guitar or bass when plugged directly into the interface. There are also MIDI input and output connections so you can connect any external midi gear that you may have such as external sequencers, drum machines, and controllers. This article walks through a number of frequently asked questions about the AIR 192|14.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Does the AIR 192|14 include any software?

Yes! The AIR 192|14 includes the following software:

  • Pro Tools | First M-Audio Edition
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • 20 Avid Effects Plugins
  • Eleven Lite + 20 Effects
  • AIR Music Tech Creative Collection FX
  • AIR Music Tech Strike
  • AIR Music Tech DB-33
  • AIR Music Tech Hybrid
  • AIR Music Tech Boom
  • AIR Music Tech Vacuum
  • AIR Music Tech Xpand!2
  • AIR Music Tech Mini Grand
  • 2GB of samples from Touch Loops
 
How do I connect the AIR 192|14 to my computer? 

The AIR 192|14 comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable as well as a USB-C to USB-A cable to ensure that it can connect to all available computer ports.

 

Do I need to use a power supply with the AIR 192|14?

Yes, the AIR 192|14 uses a 12V 2A center-positive power supply.

 

Do I need a driver to use the AIR 192|14?

For Mac operating systems, the AIR 192|14 is class-compliant and does not require a driver.

For the Windows OS, the AIR 192|14 requires the installation of a driver to ensure the best possible performance. You can obtain the Windows driver from the M-Audio Knowledge Base.

 

What audio sample rates does the AIR 192|14 support?

The AIR 192|14 can process audio at the following resolutions:

  • 44.1 kHz
  • 48 kHz
  • 88.2 kHz
  • 96 kHz
  • 176.4 kHz
  • 192 kHz

The AIR’s Crystal Preamps and Ultra-Pristine D/A converters capture every nuance and subtlety of your performance for truly professional recordings and crystal-clear monitoring.

 

What types of devices can I connect to the combo XLR inputs?

The combo XLR inputs will accept microphones and line-level devices (synth, drum machine, mixer, etc.). Use standard XLR cables for all microphones and 1/4” TRS cables for all line-level instruments. Adjust the input gain for each channel with the channel gain knobs.

If you are using a microphone that requires phantom power to function, you can supply that power by toggling one or both Phantom Power Switches. Inputs 1/2 use the first Phantom Power Switch, Inputs 3/4 use the second Phantom Power Switch. Phantom power is only sent through the XLR port, not TRS.

The AIR’s inputs can be used in stereo pairs (Inputs 1/2 and 3/4) or as individual mono inputs (Inputs 1, 2, 3, and 4). You can choose the way in which the inputs behave in your DAW. Whether a signal is recorded or played back in stereo is dependent on your DAW.

If you are using a guitar or bass with an active pickup, you could use the line-level 1/4-inch input as an alternative to instrument Inputs 5/6.

 

What types of devices can I connect to the Instrument Inputs on the front of the AIR 192|14?

Connect guitars or bass guitars with passive pickups to the Instrument Inputs. Use standard 1/4-inch TS cables to connect a guitar or bass guitar to these inputs. Adjust the input gain for each channel with the 5/6 Input Gain knobs.

While these inputs can accept a signal from most active pickups, Inputs 1-4 can also be used as a direct input for a bass or guitar with hotter active pickups.

 

How do I control the levels for Inputs 7/8?

Inputs 7/8 are line-level inputs to which you can connect a mixer or other line-level devices. The level going into these inputs will be controlled from the source (the master output level on a mixer for example). The Signal/Clip LEDs on the front will indicate if the signal is being received and if it is too hot.

Inputs 7/8 receive standard 1/4-inch TRS cables.

 

Can I monitor the direct input signal in stereo or mono?

Yes - whichever you prefer! The Direct Monitor switch can be used to toggle between stereo and mono monitoring. This is extremely useful if you want to monitor the incoming signal of a stereo source like the stereo output from a keyboard, or a mono signal from a guitar.

When in the raised position (indicated by a blue Stereo LED), Inputs 1, 3, 5, and 7 will be monitored in the left channel and Inputs 2, 4, 6, and 8 will be monitored in the right channel.

When in the depressed position, (indicated by a green Mono LED), all inputs will be summed into mono and heard equally on both channels.

This switch does not affect how audio is recorded into your DAW; it affects only how you hear the input signal in the Headphone Outputs and Monitor Outputs.

 

How do I use the Headphone Source Selector switches?

These two switches select which outputs on the AIR 192|14's rear panel are sent to the headphone outputs. As each of the headphone outputs can be assigned to different main outputs, split headphone mixes are just a flick of a switch away!

 

How do I set up 2 different headphone mixes?

Your main mix will always use Outputs 1/2.

Your sub-mix will use the AIR 192|14's Outputs 3/4. To create a sub-mix in your DAW, add a send that’s routed to Output 3/4 on every track you would like to send to your sub-mix. You can then adjust the level of each track’s signal being sent to this bus by moving the channel's send level up and down.

 

How can I send MIDI data to and from my computer with the AIR 192|14?

Use the included 1/8" TRS to MIDI DIN adapters to connect standard 5-pin MIDI DIN cables to your AIR and external MIDI devices. Select the AIR 192|14 in your DAW as a MIDI I/O device to send and receive MIDI data to outboard gear.

 

What are the minimum system requirements?

AIR 192|14:

  • Windows 7 (64 & 32-bit)
  • Mac OSX 10.8

Pro Tools | First:

  • Windows 10
  • Mac OSX 10.12.6

Ableton Live Lite:

  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Mac OSX 10.11.6

AIR Music Technology Plugins:

  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Mac OSX 10.8.5

 

Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an M-Audio product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the M-Audio technical support team is available to help!

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.

 





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