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M-Audio AIR 192|8 - Frequently Asked Questions


With the AIR 192|8, you can create 24-bit/192kHz studio-quality recordings with an intuitive and easy-to-use audio interface. The AIR 192|8’s flexible inputs enable you to record up to 2 channels at once with its 2 dedicated XLR+1/4-inch balanced combo inputs with switchable -10dB mic pad, and 2 all-new 1/4-inch instrument inputs that have a specially designed gain and impedance stage to provide the most accurate representation of a guitar or bass plugged directly into the interface. The (2) 1/4-inch and (4) RCA outputs with USB/Direct control and Direct Mono/Stereo switch provide multiple output options for connecting to outboard gear, DJ mixers, or studio monitors. The headphone output with independent level, USB/Direct, and switchable 1/2 or 3/4 audio stream controls are perfect for discretely listening to a cue mix, sub-mix, or main mix. MIDI In and Out connections are included for connecting synths, sequencers, and external MIDI gear. This article walks through a number of frequently asked questions about the AIR 192|8.


Frequently Asked Questions


Does the AIR 192|8 include any software?

Yes! The AIR 192|8 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 Boom
  • AIR Music Tech DB-33
  • 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|8 to my computer?

The AIR 192|8 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|8?

No, the AIR 192|8 is fully powered over the USB serial bus. There is no additional power required just connect the interface to an available USB port on your computer!


Do I need a driver to use the AIR 192|8?

For Mac operating systems, the AIR 192|8 is class-compliant and does not require a driver.

For the Windows OS, the AIR 192|8 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|8 support?

The AIR 192|8 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 Transparent 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-inch 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 the Phantom Power Switch on the front panel. The additional 48V will be applied to both XLR Inputs 1/2. Phantom power is only sent through the XLR ports, not TRS, so be sure to connect your mic with an XLR cable.

If you are using a guitar or bass with an active pickup, you could use the line-level 1/4-inch inputs as an alternative to the Instrument Input.


What types of devices can I connect to the Instrument Inputs on the front of the AIR 192|8?

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 gain for each channel with Input Gain knobs 1/2.

While these inputs can accept a signal from most active pickups, TRS Inputs 1/2 can also be used as a direct input for a bass or guitar with hotter active pickups.


What type of audio outputs does the AIR 192|8 have?

The AIR 192|8 routes the main mix (Output stream 1/2) to 2 balanced 1/4-inch TRS outputs and RCA Outputs 1/2. All 4 outputs have USB/Direct control and Direct Mono/Stereo selection available. The channel level is controlled by a large, solid-feeling metal rotary level knob.

RCA Outputs 3/4 are fed from output streams 3-4 and are not affected by the operations of the Main Level control, the Direct/USB Monitoring mix control, and the Direct Monitor switch.

The Headphone Output has independent level control, USB/Direct, and 1/2 or 3/4 audio stream switches for private listening or cueing.


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 switch?

This switch selects which outputs on the AIR 192|8'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 can I tell if a 1/4-inch cable is balanced (TRS) or unbalanced (TS)?

Balanced 1/4-inch cables are referred to as TRS (tip-ring-sleeve). This is because a TRS cable has 2 signal conductors while a TS (tip-sleeve) cable only has one. You can quickly identify if your 1/4-inch cable is TRS or TS by looking at the physical jack. If you see 2 rings circling the connector then the cable is TRS. Here are some images for reference:

                         TS                                                                                TRS


What does the USB/Direct knob do?

The USB/Direct knob adjusts the mix of the audio signal from the AIR's inputs (Direct) and the audio output of your computer (USB). This mix is monitored from the Main Outputs and Headphone Output.

This knob is useful when compensating for latency. If you are experiencing a delay between your input and output signal while recording, turn the knob toward the Direct position to increase the blend of unprocessed audio. When you are finished recording, return the knob to the USB position to monitor directly from your DAW.


How can I send MIDI data to and from my computer with the AIR 192|8?

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|8 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|8:

  • 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


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