This article will show you how to get a mic and DI signal into your DAW as well as getting the sound out of your speakers and/or headphones. This is probably the most simple setup to get you up and running with iD14. For more detailed or complex setups please look through the other documents on the iD14 support page.
Firstly plug in and power on your iD14 and open a new project in your DAW (create a couple of audio tracks set to input 1 and input 2 of the iD14).
Plug in a microphone into the combi jack inputs on the back of iD14, engaging phantom power if it is a condenser microphone (NOTE You must be using the 12V DC adapter if you want to use phantom power). Alternatively plug an instrument into the DI input which comes in on channel 1. It is worth noting that if you have a microphone plugged into channel 1 then you plug an instrument into the DI, the microphone is ignored and only the DI signal will go through to the converters.
If you are using digital gear using the iD14 digital input then make sure that the sample rate of the external gear matches your project sample rate, and then check that the status light in the System panel is green which indicates that iD14 is synced with the other device. Then set the preferred clock source to optical.
If you are having trouble with this, please visit our other help desk articles which explain how to set up digital inputs correctly.
After everything is plugged in, set the gain using the iD app mic channels, or alternatively using your DAW meters. We recommend to aim for a -10dB peak on your sound source.
Now that you can get audio into the iD app and DAW, we can now focus on getting sound back out of the DAW and into the speakers. This just gets the same audio from your DAW and computer into your speakers and headphones (the most basic setup).
By default your DAW should set its output to 1+2, this means when audio is playing from the DAW (or a computer media player or your internet browser for example) it should be visible in the DAW 1+2 channel in the iD app. The image below shows this:
Make sure that the speaker and headphone output is set to Main Mix by opening the System Panel (“System” button in the master section). “Main Mix” refers to the output of the iD app’s mixer, so for example if you have the Mic 1 "Main Mix Fader" turned up and unmuted then you will hear the signal from that channel in your speakers and headphones. To get typical DAW (and computer) playback you just want DAW 1+2 to be set at unity gain (alt + click when hovering over the fader), with all the other channels muted or with their faders down.
Now that you have signal coming out of your speakers and headphones you need to be able to control the volume. To do this you can either drag the volume knobs in software, or by selecting the speaker or headphone button on the top of the unit, you can use the hardware encoder on the top panel of the unit. The meter LEDs show how much the volume is turned up when you start twisting it, and with a push of the encoder you can mute the output you are currently controlling.
So that was a basic overview of setting up the iD. Please have a look at some of the other configuration pages which go into how to set up headphone mixes, talkback, digital inputs and more.