Setting Up the Digital Patchbay for Recording
This is a quick guide to setting up the Reid Studio digital patchbay for recording into your chosen DAW.
In this setup, the blue Myteks receive clock from the Lynx card. To do this, open up the Lynx settings on the desktop.
Ensure the clock source on the left hand side is set to ‘internal’ and choose your sample rate. Once you change a setting, the card will recalibrate. When it displays ‘locked’ highlighted green, it has been set.
The blue Myteks are normalled to the direct outputs of the SSL. We just need to ensure that they are patched into the Lynx, and that the Lynx can send clock back to the Myteks. Your digital patchbay should look like this –
– Top blue Mytek outputs 1-8 are patched to Lynx ‘A’ AES inputs 1-8
– Middle blue Mytek outputs 1-8 are patched to Lynx ‘B’ AES inputs 1-8
– Lynx ‘A’ AES output 1 is patched to the top blue Mytek input 1 (sending clock and audio output 1-2 from your DAW)
– Lynx ‘B’ AES output 1 is patched to the middle blue Mytek input 1 (sending clock)
Here’s the settings for the blue Myteks –
– Both should be set to EXT clock sources AES/EBU to receive clock from the Lynx card.
– ADC source to digital out should be set to Analog.
– DAC source to analog out should be set to AES.
Now we are routing our analog audio channels 1-16 from the SSL desk into the Myteks, and then from there into the Lynx card.
Within your chosen DAW (I’m using Logic in this case), set your audio device to AES16e-SRC, which is the Lynx card.
You should now have audio recording into your DAW without any problems. If not, troubleshoot using these steps again!
To listen back to your stereo recording, you just need to route the Mytek output 1-2 back into the SSL desk. Remember, the Lynx card is already sending these channels back to the top Mytek via its first AES output, which sends the audio as well as clock. There’s just one more routing step to be done, but this time on the analog patchbay.
Route DAW outputs 1-2 to a pair of desk line inputs. It’s useful to use channel 23-24 on the SSL to separate your audio inputs from your DAW playback. Remember to flip the SSL channel inputs to ‘line’ too.
And now you’re ready to go. Have fun!