Using GLD with Midi Control for a DAW Controller For Front Of House Live

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    gene
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    We do a lot with Logic Pro, including the multi-tracking of our services.

    We’re starting to wonder whether Logic would be able to serve as the engine for our Front Of House live mix (as well as monitor mixes) rather than having a dedicated digital board.

    Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions about using GLD not as a mixer, but purely as a DAW controller toward this end? Is it even possible? We have Dante cards in both our GLD-112 and our Mac Pro.

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    Nicola A&H
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    Hi gene,

    DAWs are certainly very capable, but typically they cannot compete with a dedicated mixer in terms of latency. In your configuration you would have A/D D/A latency from the GLD, Dante transport and virtual soundcard latency, and the DAW latency which, depending on plugins, can be of several ms. Overall roundtrip latency could well be in the 10s of ms. While this wouldn’t matter at all for streaming / broadcast / recording purposes, it can be an issue for FOH and even more so for monitors. Other than ease of access, it’s the main reason DAWs are seldom used for live mixing (with some notable exceptions that run on dedicated hardware).

    As for using GLD as a controller, you can certainly set up some MIDI faders in GLD and run our A&H MIDI Control driver to simulate a HUI/Mackie Control surface (as far as track level, mutes and solos are concerned) or to map individual controls, but again not sure you can easily replicate the immediacy of monitor sends-on-faders. Certainly worth experimenting though.

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    gene
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    Hey Nicola! Thanks for this input. We appreciate it.

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