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M-Audio AIR 192|4 Vocal Studio Pro - Frequently Asked Questions

Enter the world of studio-based recording with the AIR 192|4 Vocal Studio Pro—the ultimate all-in-one solution for computer recording projects. Combining the critically acclaimed AIR 192|4 interface, HDH40 headphones, a Nova Black condenser microphone, XLR cable, and the premium AIR Series Software Suite, laying down vocal tracks, recording electric and acoustic instruments and adding voice-overs to multimedia projects has never been easier. This guide will answer some of the popular questions about features and functionality of the AIR 192|4 Vocal Studio Pro.


Frequently Asked Questions


What is included in the box with the AIR 192|4 Vocal Studio Pro?

The AIR 192|4 Vocal Studio Pro comes with all of the following:

  • AIR 192|4
  • USB-C-to-USB-C Cable
  • USB-C-to-USB-A Cable
  • NOVA Black Microphone
  • Microphone Carrying Pouch
  • XLR Microphone Cable
  • Microphone Shock Mount
  • Microphone Windscreen
  • HDH40 Headphones
  • Software Download Cards
  • User Guide
What software is included?

The AIR 192|4 Vocal Studio Pro comes with 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 Vacuum
  • AIR Music Tech Xpand!2
  • AIR Music Tech Mini Grand
  • 2GB of samples from Touch Loops
Where can I find the software to download?

All included software will be made available for download in your M-Audio account after registering the AIR 192|4 Vocal Studio Pro except for Ableton Live Lite. Look for an Ableton Live Lite download card in the box for further instructions on how to obtain your software.


How do I authorize the included plugins?

You'll find authorization codes for all of the included plugins located on your account page next to the respective download links. Authorization codes can be redeemed and activated using iLok License Manager. For more information on how to redeem, activate and manage your software licenses in iLok refer to the following video:


How do I connect the AIR 192|4 to my computer?

The AIR 192|4 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 a power supply?

The AIR 192|4 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!


Why is my AIR 192|4 not detected by my computer?

The AIR 192|4 requires a driver to connect with a Windows operating system. If you're using Windows and have not already installed the driver, navigate to our Drivers & Updates page to download the latest Windows driver.

The AIR 192|4 is class compliant for Mac operating systems and does not require a driver. If you still have trouble, follow our article here for some troubleshooting tips and tricks. 


Why is my microphone not producing sound?

The Nova Black microphone is a condenser mic which means it requires phantom power to function. Your AIR 192|4 is equipped with a +48V phantom power switch on the front to provide the necessary requirement. Connect the microphone before enabling phantom power. 


Can I connect something other than a microphone to the AIR 192|4?

Yes! The AIR 192|4 features a combo Mic/Line input for Input 1 that will accept XLR, 1/4-inch TRS, and 1/4-inch TS cables.

For microphones, use an XLR cable. For a guitar or bass with an active pickup, use a standard 1/4-inch (6.35 mm) TS cable. For line-level signals, use a 1/4-inch (6.35 mm) TRS cable. View the input signal level with the LED Meters.

A guitar or bass with a passive pickup should be connected to Input 2 on the front using a standard 1/4-inch (6.35 mm) TS cable.


What type of audio outputs does the AIR 192|4 have?

The Main Outputs can accept two balanced 1/4-inch TRS cables controlled by a large, solid-feeling metal rotary level knob. Additionally, there is a 1/4-inch headphone jack with separate level control for private listening. 


What does the USB/Direct Knob do on the AIR 192|4?

The knob labeled USB/Direct adjusts the mix of the audio signal from your inputs (Direct) and the audio output of your computer (USB) that will be sent to the main outputs and headphone output. This prevents latency by allowing you to listen to your microphone or other input signals directly from the M-Track. Latency is the delay between the actual sound of your instrument/voice and the recorded signal returning from your computer/DAW.

If you are experiencing latency when recording, adjust the knob towards the Direct position to increase the blend of the direct signal from your inputs in your monitor mix. This will let you hear the incoming audio from your inputs without latency while still being able to hear the playback signal from your DAW. Be sure to turn off track monitoring in your DAW to prevent a duplicate and delayed monitor signal. 


How do I know where to set the gain for my microphone?

The level of the gain will depend on the signal that you're recording. In general, a strong signal will be somewhere between -20dB and -6dB (i.e. the bottom two lights on the M-Track channel LED). This gives you plenty of headroom for peaks without being too low. In other words, turning the gain up to a point where your loudest level (within reason) reaches the -6dB light is a good setting. It's also ok to hit the -3dB light, but going any higher could result in audible distortion.

Depending on the strength of your recording source (voice, instrument, etc.), it's not uncommon to turn the gain knob about 75% of the way up. 

For a more in-depth explanation of recording levels and gain staging, check out our gain-staging article below:

I connected my guitar to Input 1, but the signal is very low. Is this normal?

The 1/4-inch combo jack for Input 1 is intended for line-level signals like keyboards and synthesizers. To connect a guitar, bass, or other instrument-level devices, use the 1/4-inch (6.35 mm) input for Channel 2 located on the front of the AIR to properly amplify the signal. Remember to then choose Channel 2 as the input for your track in your DAW to record the instrument signal!


What sample rates does the AIR 192|4 support?

The AIR 192|4 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 are the minimum system requirements?

AIR 192|4:

  • 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 have pre-sales or parts questions, the M-Audio technical support team is available to help! Each product has a dedicated support page on the website where you can find manuals, specifications, software updates, drivers and troubleshooting guides:

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