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by Drew Brashler in Behringer X32, Waves MultiRack
August 14, 2017 0 comments
Routing Waves SoundGrid X-WSG

Today, I want to go over Routing Waves SoundGrid X-WSG on the Behringer X32 and Midas M32. There are a TON of different configurations that you can run the X32/M32 in with Waves MultiRack SoundGrid, so I am just touching the main setups that I could see being useful. Taking a combination approach of using multiple of these configurations is possible, so make sure to think out the best solution for your setup!

Routing Waves SoundGrid X-WSG: 32 Channels of MultiRack


This is going to be the most basic setup for using Waves MultiRack SoundGrid with the X-WSG on the Behringer X32. The thinking behind this is that we are using the X32 as the preamps to feed MultiRack SoundGrid with all 32 channels. MultiRack then can process all 32 channels with Waves Plugins, then the output from MultiRack feeds the channels & faders on the X32.

  • Total Racks in MultiRack: 32 Racks
  • Total Channels Available on X32: 32 Channels
  • Pros: Simple, ALL channels processed, Easy to Multi-Track Record
  • Cons: Send to MultiRack is Pre-Gate, Pre-EQ, and Pre-Dynamics. Monitors will include processing from MultiRack. Preamp gain on inputs is set via Setup>Preamps

To Set Up:

Routing>Home
– Inputs 1-8 -> Card 1-8
– Inputs 9-16 -> Card 9-16
– Inputs 17-24 -> Card 17-24
– Inputs 25-32 -> Card 25-32
– Aux In Remap -> (N/A)

Routing>Card Out
– Expansion Card Outputs 1-8 -> Local 1-8
– Expansion Card Outputs 9-16 -> Local 9-16
– Expansion Card Outputs 17-24 -> Local 17-24
– Expansion Card Outputs 25-32 -> Local 25-32

Routing Waves SoundGrid X-WSG: 6 Insertable Racks

This is the next most basic setup for using Waves MultiRack SoundGrid with the X-WSG on the Behringer X32. Basically, this allows inserting a MultiRack SoundGrid on any channel, mixbus, matrix, and main bus on the X32. The huge benefit of this configuration is that you are able to ‘insert’ MultiRack after the monitor send which can make or break In-Ear Monitors depending on latency.

  • Total Racks in MultiRack: 6 Racks
  • Total Channels Available on X32: 32 Channels
  • Pros: Simple and Flexible, send to MultiRack can be Post EQ & Dynamics (aka not in Monitor Send)
  • Cons: Only 6 Channels can be processed, Only able to record 24 channels Multi-Track

To Set Up:

Routing>Home
– Inputs 1-8 -> (N/A)
– Inputs 9-16 -> (N/A)
– Inputs 17-24 -> (N/A)
– Inputs 25-32 -> (N/A)
– Aux In Remap -> Card 1-6

Routing>Card Out
– Expansion Card Outputs 1-8 -> Aux 1-6
– Expansion Card Outputs 9-16 -> (N/A)
– Expansion Card Outputs 17-24 -> (N/A)
– Expansion Card Outputs 25-32 -> (N/A)

Routing Waves SoundGrid X-WSG: 16 Channels Post X32 Channel Processing

This is where we start getting into complicated setups, but it all depends on your specific needs. Some engineers may want to send channels through MultiRack to the Main PA mix, but have the sends for the monitors to be before MultiRack. This is one solution for this problem, but unfortunately, it burns 16 channels, so your total channel count on the board goes from 32 to 16!

The only other work around would be to use a separate monitor console which might be worth the investment of getting an X32-Rack.

Using this configuration, Channels 1-16 are the processed returns from MultiRack, Channels 17-32 are for monitors and are before MultiRack. This is a great setup if you are running In-Ear Monitors from the same board as your FOH mix.

  • Total Racks in MultiRack: 16 Racks
  • Total Channels Available on X32: 16 Channels
  • Pros: Send to MultiRack is Post EQ & Dynamics (aka not in Monitor Send)
  • Cons: Complicated, Not able to process more than 16 Channels in MultiRack, Ties up P16/Ultranet, Not able to record more than 16 channels of Multi-Track

To Set Up:

Routing>Home
– Inputs 1-8 -> Card 1-8
– Inputs 9-16 -> Card 9-16
– Inputs 17-24 -> Local 1-8
– Inputs 25-32 -> Local 9-16
– Aux In Remap -> Aux Ins

Routing>Card Out
– Expansion Card Outputs 1-8 -> P16 1-8
– Expansion Card Outputs 9-16 -> P16 9-16
– Expansion Card Outputs 17-24 -> (N/A)
– Expansion Card Outputs 25-32 -> (N/A)

Routing>P16 Out
– P16 Output 01 -> DirOut Ch 17 (PreFdr Tap)
– P16 Output 02 -> DirOut Ch 18 (PreFdr Tap)
– P16 Output 03 -> DirOut Ch 19 (PreFdr Tap)
……..
– P16 Output 14 -> DirOut Ch 30 (PreFdr Tap)
– P16 Output 15 -> DirOut Ch 31 (PreFdr Tap)
– P16 Output 16 -> DirOut Ch 32 (PreFdr Tap)

Select Channel 17-32>Press ‘View’ on Main Section, Remove from LR Bus

Just a reminder, Channels 1-16 are the channels AFTER MultiRack that you would use for sending to the Main PA. Channels 17-32 are the channels before MultiRack and you would use these for your monitor sends. This allows for no added latency from MultiRack and allows you to adjust plugins without affecting the band.

Routing Waves SoundGrid X-WSG: Feed to MultiRack Reverb or Delay

To utilize effects like reverb or delay, you would want to have a way to mix various channels on your board in a mixbus to send to MultiRack to process with a sweet Reverb like the Waves H-Reverb or the Waves H-Delay.

To do this we can use the P16/Ultranet sends to feed MultiRack, and then use the Aux channels as the FX Returns from MultiRack.

  • Total Racks in MultiRack: Expandable up to 6 Mono Racks or 3 Stereo Racks
  • Total Channels Available on X32: 32 Channels
  • Pros: Allows for use of Reverb or Delay effects with FX returns on the Aux faders. Allows all 32 Channels to be used on the X32.
  • Cons: Limited to 3 Stereo FX Returns or 6 Mono FX Returns. Only allows for 24 Channels of Multi-Track recording.

To Set Up:

Routing>Home
– Inputs 1-8 -> (N/A)
– Inputs 9-16 -> (N/A)
– Inputs 17-24 -> (N/A)
– Inputs 25-32 -> (N/A)
– Aux In Remap -> Card 1-6

Routing>Card Out
– Expansion Card Outputs 1-8 -> P16 1-8
– Expansion Card Outputs 9-16 -> (N/A)
– Expansion Card Outputs 17-24 -> (N/A)
– Expansion Card Outputs 25-32 -> (N/A)

Routing>P16 Out
– P16 Output 01 -> MixBus 11 (Post Fader Tap)
– P16 Output 02 -> MixBus 12 (Post Fader Tap)
– P16 Output 03 -> MixBus 13 (Post Fader Tap)
– P16 Output 04 -> MixBus 14 (Post Fader Tap)
– P16 Output 05 -> MixBus 15 (Post Fader Tap)
– P16 Output 06 -> MixBus 16 (Post Fader Tap)

Mixbusses 11-16 are now our FX sends to MultiRack. These can be linked (Select Channel>Config>Link) to be stereo or mono. The returns are on the Aux In fader bank. These can also be stereo or mono returns (Select Aux Channel>Config>Link)

Waves X-WSG Latency

Make sure that you check out last week’s blog post on the latency of the Waves X-WSG and SoundGrid. It is pretty amazing what Waves has done with it! Next week, I will dive in more with the Waves X-WSG and how to use it!

Thanks!

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