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MOTU AVB Interfaces Explained

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    Tutorial 1



    An overview of what we'll learn in this series.

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    Tutorial 2

    Getting Started


    See how to install driver software and connect AVB hardware.

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    Tutorial 3

    AVB Hardware Overview


    Learn about the AVB different AVB audio interface models.

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    Tutorial 4

    The Device Tab


    The first in several videos about the MOTU AVB Control Web App. We'll learn how to adjust hardware settings in the device tab.

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    Tutorial 5

    The Routing Tab Pt. 1


    Here, we begin learning about the routing grid in the AVB Control Web App, and how we can route hardware and software in and outs.

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    Tutorial 6

    The Routing Tab Pt. 2


    We continue exploring routing options and possibilities in the routing grid.

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    Tutorial 7

    The Mixing Tab Pt. 1


    We'll begin learning the features of the powerful AVB mixer, starting with input channels.

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    Tutorial 8

    The Mixing Tab Pt. 2


    We continue learning about the mixer and its master section.

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    Tutorial 9

    The Mixing Tab Pt. 3


    Learn about the mixer's aux sends and group sends.

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    Tutorial 10

    The Aux Mixing Section


    An extension of the mixing tab, see how this tab can help users with aux and group mixes.

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    Tutorial 11

    Exploring the Presets


    Learn about the device presets supplied in audio interface hardware, and accessible in the AVB Control Web App.

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    Tutorial 12

    Configuring Hosts Applications


    Todd shows you how to select the MOTU AVB interfaces in a variety of audio applications, including Avid Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Propellerhead Reason and Ableton Live.

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    Tutorial 13

    Dealing with Monitoring Latency


    Learn techniques to reduce or eliminate monitoring delay, also known as latency.

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    Tutorial 14

    AVB Networking


    Learn how easy it is to set up small and large MOTU AVB device networks, as well as use wireless devices for control.

Studio guru Todd Tatnall brings you videos on MOTU's new interfaces with Audio Video Bridging (AVB) technology that lets you build a truly scalable audio network in your studio. Explore the Hardware, Software and Networking Technology of these super-flexible interfaces and see how you can build your dream studio!.

Todd starts with an Overview, showing what different interfaces MOTU offers with AVB networking and how to install the software once your interface is connected. From there, you'll dive into the powerful MOTU AVB Control Web App, learning how to adjust hardware settings using the Device Tab.

Next, its a journey to the heart of the AVB Web Control App, featuring the Routing Tab, and the Mixing Tab. Todd guides you first through the nearly limitless routing potential of the Routing Tab, where you can route the inputs from any hardware or software input to any other. From there, you'll learn about the Mixing Tab, which gives you a powerful mixer for the entire AVB network including built-in DSP, Aux and Group Sends and Channels, and a Master Section.

After going through the AVB Control Web App tabs, Todd explains how you can use the Factory and User Presets to create your own Hardware and Mixer Setups, that can be recalled from either the Hardware or Software, and how to select your MOTU AVB interface in a plethora of different audio host applications. Finally, Todd teaches you how to tackle Monitoring Latency and Advanced Networking Techniques.

Whether you want a quality Audio Interface for a small personal studio or to create a large scale audio network to record full bands, watch "MOTU AVB Interfaces Explained" and learn how to build it!


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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

When I was really young, maybe 3 or 4 years old. That's when I got my first (toy) drum set and played it all the time. I was studying viola at 7, piano at 8, and drums at 10.

2. What training have you had?

In college, I received a Bachelor of Music in theory/composition from SIUE, and a Bachelor of Science in recording production and technology from MTSU. Working in big studios in Chicago after college, I learned as much if not more working as an assistant/2nd engineer, often repairing/troubleshooting problems on the fly. It better equipped me to work independently AND with others.

3. When did you get into recording?

In high school. My punk band saved all our pennies to record at an 8-track studio for $10 per hour. I was fascinated by the power of multitracking, overdubbing, mixing, etc.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've worked with commercial music producers and talent for TV and radio commercials, many of which were national/international brands. I also worked with bands and artists in the studio, including the Frogs, Kelley Deal, James Iha, Sebastian Bach, any many others. As a tech support engineer, I've helped thousands of customers. I worked directly with several high profile customers, including John Fogerty, Bruce Swedien, Oscar Petersen, John Tesh, Andy Sturmer (Jellyfish), Greg Lisher (Camper Van Beethoven), Chris Vrenna, and engineers for Paul Simon, Wilco, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and ICP to name a few.

Why are you so good at training people?

When I was providing technical support, my approach was not only to solve the problem, but to also listen carefully to the end-user's needs AND explain what the cause and solution of any problem was. Putting technical jargon into more relate-able terms helps. I'm also an adjunct professor at a local university, and apply the same ideology when teaching. Whether you're working with a customer or student, you have to put yourself in their shoes.

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