Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is AMP?

AMP is an acronym that stands for Audio Mixing Platform. It is more than just a mixer or an interface. It is a system designed around a networked host using a publicly-available API to allow control of your audio mixing system via multiple and various types of remote devices and hardware controllers.

2. How does AMP work?

The heart of the AMP system is the Host. The Host is a program that runs on a PC, which controls a digital mixer. For example, we are currently working with the Mackie DL Series and the Behringer X32 series mixers. We hope to be adding many more digital mixers in the near future. We also have AmpMix ASIO, our PC-based DSP, which is an extremely-capable digital mixer that will interface with ASIO-compatible sound cards and devices for a totally software-based system. The Host program is a small app that runs on a Windows-based system. It is configured to start when Windows starts up, and simply runs in the background.

The AMP GUI is the human interface to the system. The GUI uses the AMP protocol to talk to the host, and allows connection of various MIDI hardware controllers for tactile feedback. Yes, you can have real faders, and lots of them! The graphical interface is built via what we call “Window Definition Files (WDLs)”, which allow total customization of the screen. These files are very similar to HTML CSS files. Every item on a window is either text or an image, so you can customize your design right down to the pixel with this text-based format.

The GUI connects to the Host via a network connection.  The protocol is fairly light-weight, and is not sensitive to dropouts as often times happens with WIFI connections.  You can run up to 32 GUIs connected to one Host. A GUI instance can be run on the same machine that is running the Host.

3. My digital mixer already works with iPads. Why do I need AMP?

AMP allows better control of your device, and extends the capabilities of your system. For example, AMP allows you to combine three 16-channel Mackie DL1608s for a 48×8 channel system, controlled as a single mixer, with DCAs, something not possible with the hardware alone. In addition, you can add real
motorized faders, and support hundreds of scenes, with lightning-fast scene recalls (including triggering sound file playback with scenes). AMP allows you to use inexpensive PC-based machines, helpful when running a personal monitor mixing system, locking down access to only what you specify.

4. Do you support the Yamaha LS9? Presonus? _________?

AMP is an on-going project. We hope to be able to support many different mixers. It is simply a matter of time and resources until we have Host programs for these mixers.

5. Tell me about the AMPMIX ASIO host.

Glad you asked! We started with a design for a software-based mixer several years ago, and AMPMIX is the result. It is a very configurable mixer that (currently) has:

  • 255 Channels (used for inputs, outputs, DCAs, Aux Masters, Buss Masters)
  • Over 240 Mix Busses
  • Up to 128 Hardware Inputs and Outputs
  • 8 Bands of Flex-EQ per channel (low/high pass, low/high shelving, peak, and all-pass)
  • 32 Aux Sends (each with separate tap points, and 3-band flex-EQ per Aux)
  • 3 Dynamics processors per channel (Gate, RMS Compressor with side-chain filter, and Peak compressor)
  • Up to 500ms of delay per channel
  • 32 Assignable Subgroup busses
  • 32 DCAs (Digitally Controlled Amplifiers)
  • Direct Outs on all auxes, and Post-Fader direct out on channels
  • Identical processing on input and output channels
  • Extensive Scene capabilities with .WAV File Playback
  • Scene Chaining, with Fade-in times
  • 32 View Groups (POPulation groups)
  • 32 Insertable effects, which include: 8 Reverbs, 4 Delays, and 32 31-band Graphic EQs
  • Two totally independent mixers, each with all of the above, when running on a Quad-core processor!

Basically, AMPMIX can be almost any mixer design you want. Determine what you want, then start configuring!

6. Will AMPMIX Host support digital snakes instead of ASIO sound cards?

We are working on this. More details will come when we have a fully-working system functioning!

7. Is AMP a Personal Mixing System?

It can be! You can set up an Aux send on your system, and lock it to a password-protected account, so that when the user fires up the GUI and enters their password, they only have access to alter their specific Aux mix. You can also grant them access to multiple mixes, if desired. The system easily integrates with the Behringer BCR2000, for inexpensive hardware mix control (of 24+ channels).

8. Is AMP a System DSP?

If you are running the AMPMIX Host, it can be! Each channel (including output channels) all have the same 8 bands of equalization. All-pass filters, as well as basic signal delay is available for fine control of driver alignment. High and Low-pass filters can be cascaded for higher effective order filters, and steeper slopes.

9. Is AMP easy to use?

Once the system is set up and functioning, the user interface can be as simple, or as complex as you desire. If all you need is two faders, you can make just those appear. If you want multiple windows over multiple monitors, go for it! 🙂

10. How much is it?

AMP consists of two parts: the Host, and the GUI. The GUI comes free, and has no restrictions on the number of copies you can use. The Host program for the Mackie DL Series and the X32 mixers is $200. The AMPMix ASIO Host program is $600. The Host program requires a USB key for authorization. We provide you with TWO USB keys, so you always have a backup in case of a hardware failure. (Yes, you could also run the two simultaneously.)

11. This looks great, how can I get one?

We are currently in beta-test mode. AMP has been in use for over three years, and we are getting close to a public release, but want to be sure that this will be as rock-solid and fool-proof as possible. We are currently looking for a small group of beta testers who can give this a workout, and give us feedback. We also are looking for those with graphic abilities who can make some nice skins. If you feel you are a “power user” who could aide us in this task, please check out our Beta Information Page.