Akai EIE and EIE Pro - Setup with SONAR X1 and X2

sonarx2Containing 4 routable inputs and outputs, the EIE and EIE Pro expand on the stereo inputs and outputs normally found on computer sound cards, and external audio interfaces. This 'how to' guide will walk you setting up all inputs and outputs for use in Cakewalk's SONAR X1 and X2.

 

Contents

  1. Hardware Setup
  2. Software Setup
  3. Further Technical Support
     

Hardware Setup

EIE

    1. First, let's connect the Akai EIE to the computer via USB connection and ensure that the power supply is connected as well.
    2. Download and install the ASIO4ALL drivers.  You can get them by clicking here.
    3. For the purposes of this guide, ensure that the Headphone Select switch is set to ALL and the MONITOR knob is turned to OUT.  Now power on the EIE.

EIE Pro

    1. First, let's connect the Akai EIE to the computer via USB connection and ensure that the power supply is connected as well.
    2. Download and install the latest drivers for the EIE Pro.  You can get them by clicking here, and going to the Docs & Downloads section.
    3. For the purposes of this guide, ensure that the Headphone Select switch is set to ALL and the MONITOR knob is turned to OUT.  Now power on the EIE.
       

Software Setup

EIE (16-bit Model, Red Face)
  1. Once you've got the hardware set up correctly, let's fire up SONAR and start a blank project.
  2. Next, go to Edit > Preferences, and select the Playback and Recording tab
  3. Set Driver Mode to ASIO. Then click Apply.

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  4. Now, head over to the Devices tab. Make sure to have ASIO4ALL v2 EIE 1 and ASIO4ALL v2 EIE 3 checked. At the bottom of this screen, check the option Show Mono Outputs if you want to separate your output channels. Click Apply.

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  5. Lastly, we'll head to the Driver Settings tab. Make sure the Playback Timing Master and Record Timing Master are set to ASIO4ALL v2 EIE 1.

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  6. In the Driver Settings tab, click the button labeled ASIO Panel. This will bring up the ASIO4ALL Control Panel. In here, make sure that the EIE (your computer may call it USB Audio Device) is activated. This is indicated by the bright blue button next to the name as shown below. If it is not activated, click the button next to the name to do so. Once it is activated, close the ASIO4ALL Control Panel, and click OK in Preferences.

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  7. Now all that is left is to add audio tracks and assign the inputs! To do this, go to Insert > Audio Track. This will create a new analog audio track in your project.

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  8. On the bottom-left of your screen, you should see the Audio Track's information. At the bottom of this column, you will see the IN/OUT settings. When you select the first drop-down menu (Input), you will notice six options to choose from.

    They are related to the device as follows:
    • Left ASIO4ALL v2 EIE 1 = Input 1
    • Right ASIO4ALL v2 EIE 1 = Input 2
    • Stereo ASIO4ALL v2 EIE 1 = Inputs 1 & 2
    • Left ASIO4ALL v2 EIE 3 = Input 3
    • Right ASIO4ALL v2 EIE 3 = Input 4
    • Stereo ASIO4ALL v2 EIE 3 = Inputs 3 & 4

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  9. Once you have your inputs selected for the track, we need to set the outputs. You can see that the second drop-down menu (Output) has the same six options. They relate in the same way to the EIE's outputs.

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  10. Lastly, we need to be sure to have the track record armed, otherwise SONAR will not detect the input. You can record arm the track by clicking the Red button you see pictured below. If the button is gray, that means it is not record armed; if the button is red, that means it is record armed.

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    NOTE: If you want to monitor your input before recording, activate the Input Echo. This is done by clicking the akai eie sonar setup inputecho button. If it is gray, it is deactivated; if it is blue, it is activated.
     
  11. Now all that's left is to jam with your newly setup EIE interface!

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EIE Pro (24-bit Model, Silver Face)
  1. Once you've got the hardware set up correctly, let's fire up SONAR and start a blank project.
  2. Next, go to Edit > Preferences, and select the Playback and Recording tab
  3. Set Driver Mode to ASIO. Then click Apply.


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  4. Now, head over to the Devices tab. Make sure to have Akai EIE Pro ASIO Driver In 1 and Akai EIE Pro ASIO Driver In 3 checked. At the bottom of this screen, check the option Show Mono Outputs if you want to separate your output channels. Click Apply.


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  5. Lastly, we'll head to the Driver Settings tab. Make sure the Playback Timing Master is set to Akai EIE Pro ASIO Driver Out 1 and Record Timing Master is set to Akai EIE Pro ASIO Driver In 1. Click Apply.


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  6. Now all that is left is to add audio tracks and assign the inputs! To do this, go to Insert > Audio Track. This will create a new analog audio track in your project.


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  7. On the bottom-left of your screen, you should see the Audio Track's information. At the bottom of this column, you will see the IN/OUT settings. When you select the first drop-down menu (Input), you will notice six options to choose from.

    They are related to the device as follows:
    • Left Akai EIE Pro ASIO Driver In 1 = Input 1
    • Right Akai EIE Pro ASIO Driver In 1 = Input 2
    • Stereo Akai EIE Pro ASIO Driver In 1 = Inputs 1 & 2
    • Left Akai EIE Pro ASIO Driver In 3 = Input 3
    • Right Akai EIE Pro ASIO Driver In 3 = Input 4
    • Stereo Akai EIE Pro ASIO Driver In 3 = Inputs 3 & 4

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  8. Once you have your inputs selected for the track, we need to set the outputs. You can see that the second drop-down menu (Output) has the same six options. They relate in the same way to the EIE's outputs.


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  9. Lastly, we need to be sure to have the track record armed, otherwise SONAR will not detect the input. You can record arm the track by clicking the Red button you see pictured below. If the button is gray, that means it is not record armed; if the button is red, that means it is record armed.


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    NOTE: If you want to monitor your input before recording, activate the Input Echo. This is done by clicking the inputecho button. If it is gray, it is deactivated; if it is blue, it is activated.
     

  10. Now all that's left is to jam with your newly setup EIE interface!


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