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Article updated 07-06-2017
The Akai EIE is a high quality audio recording interface that works seamlessly with Apple's Logic Pro software. This guide walks through configuring the EIE with Logic and adding tracks to record.
- Confirming the EIE is connected
- Configuring the EIE in Logic Pro
- Adding an Audio Track and Recording in Logic Pro
- Warranty and Technical Support Information
Confirming the EIE is Connected
- Connect the USB cable from the EIE to an available USB port on your Mac. The EIE requires no software installation to begin working. To confirm that the EIE is recognized by your computer, click Apple Icon at the top left of your screen and select System Preferences. When the system preferences window appears, click on the Sound icon.
- In the Output and Input sections, you should see the EIE as an option (the other options will likely differ from the pictures above). In both sections, make sure the M-Track is highlighted by clicking it.
- The EIE is now defaulted to play all of the sound from your Mac, including internet browsers, iTunes, and other common programs.
NOTE: It is normal to see "The selected device has no input/output controls" because you will control the output with the physical knobs on the EIE itself.
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Configuring the EIE in Logic Pro
- Open Logic Pro and create a new session. Click the Preferences icon in the top left corner and select Audio.
- Select the EIE as the Output Device and the Input Device.
- Click Apply Changes and close the window.
- The I/O Buffer Size will be different depending on the speed of your computer. All computers suffer from "latency", which is a small delay between recording a sound and playing it back. Lower buffer size settings will lower the latency. However, this will demand more from your Mac's processor and can cause pops/clicks/distortion if it is too low. Higher buffer size settings will reduce the strain on your processor, but may introduce a longer latency that will make it difficult for you to record your performances. Most modern computers are comfortable somewhere between 128 and 512 samples.
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Adding an Audio Track and Recording in Logic Pro
- Click the + arrow at the top of the Arrange window. In the New Tracks window that appears, make sure the Type is set to Audio. The Format will either be Mono or Stereo depending on what you have connected to your EIE's inputs. The Output will always be Output 1-2.
- You will now see an audio track added to your "arrange" view. Click the R button so it is highlighted red. This will "arm" the track to record and allow you to hear the signal coming in from the EIE.
- In the "channel Strip" on the left side of your screen, you should see the incoming audio displayed on your meters. The number above this meter is the "peak" level. You never want this to get to zero, as this will indicate your input is too loud and distortion or "digital clipping" will occur. This cannot be undone later.
- Adjust the GAIN knobs on your EIE to get a proper input level. For "transient" material (drums, percussion), you will want this peak level to read around -6 at the highest. For less percussive or "smoother" sources like vocals, bass, strings, have them peak around -12. These numbers are not required but indicate a good habit to achieving consistent sound quality and less obstacles when it comes time to mix your song.
- At the bottom of your screen, in the "transport" section, click the "record" button.
- You will now hear the metronome count off 4 clicks and then begin recording. It's time to make music!
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Warranty and Technical Support Information
Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Professional product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Akai Professional 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.