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The art of DAW and Eurorack integration

In the final part of our Eurorack Integration series, Dave Gale integrates the Eurorack audio into the DAW, with precision timing, and talks to multi-faceted musician Scanner about the way he approaches workflow


Part Three

Last month, we considered some of the best MIDI-to-CV convertors for the purpose of integrating your Eurorack into your DAW. So now you have your system bedecked with the ability to hook it up, it’s time to consider how you might work with this, in a creative and easy-to-access way.


Starting with the idea that you have a sequence you wish to work with, let’s look at getting this into the DAW. The first thing is to make sure you have the correct type of audio connection. For the most part, Eurorack is a mono-based pursuit, largely becoming ‘stereo’d’ once the signal has some form of effects applied. So the chances are you will only need a mono signal, to which you can add effects within your DAW later. If you do apply effects in your Eurorack, be sure you really are happy with them, as you won’t be able to remove them once recorded.

Next, make sure your MIDI clock is sending in the direction of your Eurorack MIDI interface, and in turn, check that your clock signal is being routed to your sequencer. Assuming that you have your audio path latency under control (see the DAW Settings boxout), you can now hit play or record on your DAW and your Eurorack’s sequencer will start to ‘chase’ the MIDI clock on your DAW.

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The new issue of MusicTech is on sale from Thursday 17th August and we’re honoured to be the first magazine to present a feature on the brand new studio facilities at the legendary Abbey Road studios: The Gatehouse and the Penthouse. To mark this occasion we bring you a giant Abbey Road special, featuring a studio tour, a COMPLETE gear list, an interview with iconic producer John Leckie (who begun his career at AR) as well as hands on tutorials designed to show you how to re-create the Abbey Road sound at home! We’ve also got a disc packed with Abbey Road related video content for you to feast your eyes on. Elsewhere this issue we have features looking at the history of the Korg MonoPoly, 6 ways to cheat at making music as well as our usual plethora of reviews including the Pioneer Toraiz AS-1 and Novation Circuit 1.5 and a wide range of tutorial content.