8×8 USB Audio
Playback, Record, Re-Amp, and More
With a USB connection to a Mac or PC, the FM9 works as an extremely high quality 8×8 audio interface for playback, recording, and re-amping. This lets the FM9 double as the heart of a portable recording studio.
USB channels are mapped for maximum ease of use. For example, to record the processed main outputs of the FM9, just record USB inputs 1/2 in the computer. To record Out 2, use the next pair of USB inputs. You can also record input 1 — perfect for capturing a DI to re-amp. You can also record either of the stereo “aux” inputs to record an outboard device, effect, mixer, or virtually anything else.
Computer playback is also easy and flexible. Computer outs 1 and 2 play back directly at the main outs of the FM9, where they are mixed with processed audio from your presets. USB outs 3 and 4 play back at the second output of the FM9. This makes it possible, for example, to have processed guitar at one stereo output and backing tracks at a second output. Computer outputs 5 and 6 address the “Input 1 block” of the FM9, providing an easy way to route DI signals to the unit for recording. The last pair of USB computer outputs work with a special “USB” grid block. This can also be used for re-amping or other creative effect processing in the DAW, like a virtual plugin.
The USB connection also provides USB-over-MIDI, which can be used to allow a DAW or other application to send MIDI commands to the FM9, and is also used for two-way communication with companion applications, Fractal-Bot and FM9-Edit—a world class software editor/librarian included free.