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Recording an Audient iD14's sound in Windows

06 Mar 2021 🔖 videography
💬 EN

On Windows, an Audient iD14 USB audio interface works like having 5 stereo microphones plugged into 5 USB ports simultaneously.

The “microphones” show up in your computer with names like 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, & 9/10.

  • 1/2 comes from the acoustic input ports on the iD14.
  • 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, & 9/10 come from the 8-channel digital input port on the iD14.
    • A stereo S/PDIF coaxial cable being upconverted to transmit over an S/PDIF optical cable would be available on the one named 3/4.

To track from more than 1 of these 5 at a time, just track using software capable of managing multiple inputs, like Audacity (audio), Reaper (audio), ProTools (audio), or maybe even OBS (audio-video).

I’m not sure about OBS. It might force-mix-down to stereo, even though it can definitely accept multiple simultaneous inputs. I’ll have to research that one day.

To virtually pre-mix for tracking into software that can only handle 1 microphone at a time, like Zoom, use virtual mixer software like OBS or VoiceMeeter, whose output would show up in Windows as if it were a 6th microphone.

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