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Routing guests audio to another app (non-linear workflow): Windows Guide

You might find it useful to make recordings of each guest in a separate recording app. This can be useful if you work in a way where recording multiple takes is part of the job. For example, ADR, loop groups, remote crowd ADR etc. This guide will show you how to do that, using a virtual audio device on Windows.

Overview

Routing audio to another app requires Auxiliary Outputs and this won’t work in standard Cleanfeed, so you’ll need to upgrade to Cleanfeed Pro to use it.

This guide assumes you have some basic knowledge of audio routing. It is intended to give you an understanding of how to route audio from Cleanfeed to another app. In this case, using a virtual audio device and Adobe Audition, on Windows 10.

It is also possible to achieve similar results by patching physical cables between multiple sound card devices. Or, by using an Audio over IP system such as Dante or Livewire+ etc.

Prerequisites

To avoid using physical patch cables between two sound cards, we turn toward a virtual audio device on Windows to achieve everything we need, inside the box. There are two prerequisites which you'll need to go ahead and install:

  1. Virtual Audio Cable (VAC): A virtual audio driver for Windows.
  2. ASIO4ALL: A universal Windows ASIO Driver, which combines multiple sound devices together.

Virtual Audio Cable Setup

You will need to create multiple virtual devices, depending on how many guests you need to route from Cleanfeed to your audio editor. It makes sense to create a handful of virtual cables to begin with, so you have enough.

To begin, open the Virtual Audio Cable Control Panel as Administrator

Process of opening the Virtual Audio Cable Control Panel as
          Administrator in Windows.
Opening Virtual Audio Cable Control Panel as Administrator

With the Control Panel open, under Driver parameters set the number of Cables to 5, for example. Press Set to apply the settings.

The process of creating more virtual audio cables in the
          Virtual Audio Cable Control Panel.
Create more virtual audio cables with the specified Control Panel.

Audio editor setup

With all the necessary audio cables set up, you can now open your audio editor. We’re using Adobe Audition in this example, but the setup will be similar with other audio editors that support multitrack recording and ASIO devices.

Selecting the correct ASIO audio device in
          Adobe Audition
Selecting the newly installed ASIO4ALL ASIO device in Adobe Audition Audio Hardware Preferences
  1. Open Audio Hardware settings in Audition Preferences.
  2. Device Class, select ASIO
  3. Default Input/Output: ASIO4ALL v2
  4. Press Settings...
  5. Press the spanner icon (bottom right of the ASIO4ALL manager popup.
  6. From the list on the left, select the physical sound card you want to use. Expand the list to ensure you select both the input and the output paths.
  7. Now, expand the Virtual Audio Cable list, and select only the In: devices.
  8. If prompted, change the ASIO Buffer Size to where the blue line recommends it.
  9. Close the window, and press Ok to close Audition Preferences
Selecting the devices you require in the ASIO4ALL setup
          popup window.
Selecting the physical sound card and the virtual audio cables that you created in the step above.

Ensure you've only selected the In: devices When selecting the Virtual Audio Cable devices in the ASIO4ALL manager to avoid any issues in the steps ahead.

It is now time to start a new Multitrack session in Adobe Audition.

Assign the respective stereo input device on each track you have created.

Selecting a unique Virtual Audio Cable device for each
            new input you have in your Audition Multitrack project.
Selecting a unique Virtual Cable Stereo device for each track in the Audition Multitrack project.

Getting your audio from Cleanfeed to your app

The last step is to get Cleanfeed setup in order to send audio from each guest in your studio.

From the Audio menu, under Playback, tick the checkbox next to Auxiliary outputs.

Ticking the Auxiliary outputs option in Playback, from
          the Audio menu.
Enabling Auxiliary outputs

Now you can set an aux playback device for each guest in your studio. Press the gear icon to reveal the Aux dropdown menu to select your virtual devices.

Selecting an audio aux device for each guest in your
          Cleanfeed studio.
Select an Aux device for each guest in your studio.

Once you have assigned a device for each guest in your studio that corresponds with a track in your audio editor, it's time to get recording.

Audio from Cleanfeed, being recorded into
          Adobe Audition.
Start your recording in your audio editor.

We’ve showed you how to get your audio for each guest out of Cleanfeed and into a recording app on Windows. We also have another guide for for macOS.