For many years, I relied on a simple 16-channel mixer to coordinate the signals from my collection of keyboards and effects, but as new analog synths (often with external inputs) entered the market, it was time to rethink my configuration and make the most of my multichannel audio interface. Many low-cost interfaces offer multiple inputs and outputs, but casual users may not realize the possibilities that the additional I/O offers, especially in conjunction Apple Logic and Ableton Live.
With a bit of advance planning and familiarization with your existing rig, the following tips will expand the versatility of your current hardware. In a way, it’s like getting a whole new studio for free, if you’re willing to devote some time to a bit of reconfiguration.
Here’s how to get started: