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Creative Circuit Busting: Using Avid's Eleven Rack without Pro Toots

Magazine article Guitar Player

Creative Circuit Busting: Using Avid's Eleven Rack without Pro Toots

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AVID'S ELEVEN RACK ("11R" for short) works as a USB interface for Pro Tools and as a standalone multieffects for onstage. However, some players think 11 R works only with Pro Tools--which has discouraged those who wanted to take advantage of recent price drops. Not true!

But first ...

The problem with not using Pro Tools: 11R's on-screen computer editor loads only under Pro Tools, but there are workarounds. Because 11R was also designed for live performance, front-panel editing is surprisingly painless, and you can call up and tweak presets easily without the editor. Also, most Eleven Racks come bundled with Pro Tools software, which you can install and treat as an overachieving 11R editor. Once you've tweaked your presets, you can start using 11R with other DAWs.

For the Mac, 11R works with any Core Audio-compatible application. With Windowws, 11R can serve as an ASIO interface. I've tested it successfully with multiple DAWs.

11R presents four input drivers--all available simultaneously--to your DAW. For example, you can feed the 11R's S/PDIF input to one DAW track, the line input to another track, and the guitar being processed through 11R to yet another track. Here's what each driver does:

ELEVEN RACK GUITAR/MIC IN

The guitar comes in on the left channel, and the mic on the right. This is basically a guitar DI connection, and it's useful for driving amp sims within your DAW. To use 11R's True-Z input feature (which cleverly simulates the loading of amps and processors) for your guitar before feeding your DAW or amp sims--yet still essentially go direct--choose the 11R Guitar input, then bypass all the 11R effects. …

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