Motu PCIe-424 Motu 1224 Motu 896HD

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  1. jthievin1

    jthievin1 Active Member

    Feb 6, 2013
    Quadra Islan
    First time poster, Thanks for any suggestions!

    I have been using a Motu 1224 with a PCI 324 card with Cubase for years in an old Intel P4. It's been working flawless for thousands of hours. Always rock solid! I also own an 896HD (Firewire) that I used near the end of this CPU's life. Also solid and dependable. Know issues whatsoever.

    I decided to update to 64 bit and purchased a Dell Studio 9100 XPS. Also updated to a newer Cubase 6 version.

    I had to purchase a new PCI card as the older PCI324 was not 64 bit compatible. So I got a PCie-424 and would like to use both interfaces at once for 16 tracks. sounds simple enough, the PCIe424 card and Motu 1224 works great. The 'firewire' 896HD also performs flawlessly BUT they do not show up Cubase together, I can only get one OR the other. What am I doing wrong. Is it the Cubase software that is not allowing both to be recognized together.
    I simply change to either the Motu PCI audio driver to get the 1224 or switch to the Motu audio driver and the 896HD appears. They work great individually but I can't get them both to appear at the same time. Thanks for any direction you can point me.

    Dell Studio 9100
    6Gg ram stock unit

    Cubase Elements 6
    Motu 1224
    Motu 896HD
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    What you are trying to do on your PC is what would be called "device aggregation" on a Macintosh. It's not a universally supported option on a Windows PC, but some people have had a degree of success by wrapping WDM drivers using ASIO4all. Here's a thread by Mo Facta on that may help.
  3. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Akron/Cleveland, OH
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    Good thread.... great question, and thanks to Boswell for the link.

    I would think that this would be a popular topic for Windows users.

    I've been thinking about adding another 8 I/O on top of my existing Tascam 1641, (which is 8 XLR and 8 line ins - although the input levels only adjust the 8 XLR's and two of the remaining 8 line ins).

    I don't think I'll add another 1641, but it's good to know that should I add another make/model I/O that it can be done with some tweaking.

    My OS varies, depending on whether I'm using my desktop - which is Windows XP/ 32 bit - or my laptop, which is running Windows 7/ 64 bit.

    My recording platform is Sonar PE 6.5 on both computers.

    FWIW, the Tascam works much better in Sonar on both my computers using asio4all than it does using the original Tascam 1641 drivers.

    The original Tascam drivers that came with the I/O had me pulling my hair out dealing with freezes, glitches and dropouts, until a colleague suggested Asio4All. I installed it and everything has worked perfectly since.

  4. jthievin1

    jthievin1 Active Member

    Feb 6, 2013
    Quadra Islan
    Thank you Mr Boswell! Mo Facta's article was an easy read and I can't wait to play around with the ASIO4all drivers. I originally thought it was the version of Cubase. In my PC world I call it 'device aggrevation'. Obviously the correct way would be to run either 'firewire' OR 'PCI card and daisy chain but on the rare occasion I need more tracks (and my curiosity) I thought I'd link the units together.

    Thanks again, great forum!


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