Mike Slinn
Mike Slinn

RME TotalMix

Published 2020-03-01. Last modified 2022-04-03.
Time to read: 3 minutes.

This site is categorized under RME TotalMix.

RME TotalMix settings are stored on Bear in $music/instruments/rme (C:\sites\music.mslinn.com\instruments\rme)

The above is defined in the Default workspace (on Bear the directory is C:\sites\music.mslinn.com\instruments\rme\default.tmws). Users that load this workspace can instantly switch between 3 channel layout snapshots (Default, Sax and Harp), and can choose between 2 mute groups (group 1: mute some, group 2: mute all). The workspace also defines one layout called Default.

Here are some of the settings, expanded:

Dynamics Presets

I tried to make sense of the RME TotalMix dynamics presets. I am unhappy with the following explanations, hopefully I can discover more information.

Auto Level Fast (A)
Automatic limiter to control peaks quickly, good for high-frequency sound
Auto Level Slow (A)
Automatic limiter to control peaks slowly, good for low-frequency sound
Compactor (C)
Compander, which compresses and then expands the sound to raise perceived volume
Compactor II (C+A)
What is this for?
Hard Noise Gate (C)
Removes unwanted low-level noise
Kick (C)
A compressor set to enhance a kick drum
Mix Compressor (C)
A compressor to be used across a master bus, mix bus or subgroup
Mix Expander (C)
AQn expander to be used across a master bus, mix bus or subgroup
Mix Limiter (C)
A limiter to control peaks on a master bus, mix bus or subgroup
Music Compressor (C)
What is this for?
Music Expander (C)
What is this for?
Output Protector (A)
What is this for?
Smooth Noise Gate (C)
A noise gate that has softer attack times to seem less choppy
Snare (C)
A compressor set for a snare drum, good starting point for a voice dynamic setting
Squeeze (C+A)
an aggressive compressor/limiter set to squash peaks and control levels

If you use a preset, then look at the preset menu, the preset that was used is not highlighted. The software would be much more user-friendly if the matching preset was highlighted.

Recording Scenarios

Recording scenarios are defined in the TotalMix Default workspace as Snapshots Default, Sax and Harp:

  • Default: AKG1 for room ambiance, Audix for singer 1, Audix2 mic for singer 2, Behringer for singer 3, Mic 11/Guitar for guitar, Guitar2 input muted, Bass Amp, Guitar Amp, Roland HPD-15.
  • Just Me: Mute group 1 modifies Default; mutes Audix2, Behringer, Guitar2, Bass Amp, and Guitar Amp.
  • Playback: Mute group 2 modifies Default; mutes all inputs.
  • Sax: DPA mic for saxophone, AKG1 for room ambiance, Audix right up against the bell of the sax (on a stand), Roland HPD-15.
  • Harp: (cable unknown), AKG1 for room ambiance, Behringer aimed in the middle of the soundboard, Roland HPD-15.
  • Bass amp gain to noon
  • Mic preamp gain to noon

Sending Pro Tools Output to OBS Studio

Pro Tools ignores the Mute button setting in RME TotalMix.

No changes are necessary to send Pro Tools output to OBS Studio. The way to do this is called ‘loopback’ in TotalMix. This weird name does not properly describe what is going on. Here is a YouTube video.

  1. Set up a new TotalMix output which will be sent to OBS Studio. Let’s use the AES output for that. To achieve that, open the AES tools and enable loopback, as shown in the image on the right.
  2. Unfortunately, TotalMix will not show the loopback signal strength at AES input.
  3. In OBS Studio, make an input for TotalMix AES.
  4. Set the mix levels in OBS Studio

Now, the processed audio from Pro Tools will be mixed with the Camlink video. I set the hotkey for recording the mix using OBS Studio to Ctrl-Shift-Z (File / Settings / Hotkeys).

Problems

Faders Won’t Highlight?

If the output faders refuse to be highlighted, then the mix cannot be adjusted. The solution is to enable Submix routing mode by enabling the SUBMIX button as shown in the image to the right.

Remote TotalMix

Bear is at IP address 192.168.1.100. TotalMix Remote uses port 7009 as the default port. Many types of remote devices can run Remote TotalMix, including old and new iPads, Android phones, and laptops. More than one device can connect simultaneously. This is the view on Bear (RME host computer):