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Doing this show with my Native Instruments Audio 6 USB audio interface acting as both my DAC for Traktor and my ADC for Mixlr.  This is an arrangement I have sought to avoid since ...ever, really.  However, the last two weeks I've had some very strange audio issues with my interfaces.  Last week Mixlr was summing the input from my (now removed) Onkyo interface and the built in mic on my laptop.  Tonight (and earlier this week while I was working on tonight's set) my Mac straight up refused to see both my Audio 6 and Onyko at the same time.  To the point that Traktor would refuse to play.  At first I thought it was my (admittedly cheap AF) USB hub.  I swapped in a different (and much better) hub, but had the same issue.  Cursing, I removed the Onkyo and the hub, and now just have the Audio 6 going straight into the Macintop.  Mixlr did the same idiot trick this week that it did last.  This time I caught it almost immediately.  

My 2015 MBP is dying, not so slowly.  I am not sure it is the source of my current audio woes.  Going with the "KISS" philosophy currently.  Also, this is why I need a Mac Mini dedicated to the purpose of streaming for using Reddit's PAN service.

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That went less than well.  Had annoying digital artifacts all night, then ~1:45 in, I lost audio.  I did a second segment of the show, using a Mac Mini (meant for other purposes) for Mixlr.  THAT part worked fine, then Traktor stopped working again.  I have no idea what's going on.  It's now pretty clear that either my 2015 MBP is closer to 100% dead than I thought or my NI Audio 6 is basically useless.  Replacing the former is expensive but doable in as much as AAPL still makes goddamn laptops.  Replacing the latter is a much bigger headache as the A6 is long OOP and there's not a direct replacement. 

I'm going to do a test broadcast sometime in the next week, using a different audio interface for Traktor.  That will hopefully give me an answer as to the location of the point of failure.

In the interim, tonight's show (part 1):


Tonight's show (part 2):



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Spent some dome doing research on USB audio interfaces with 4 analogue outputs.  NI still sells the Audio 6 ...as part of a $320 package aimed at vinyl DJs: https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/traktor/digital-vinyl/traktor-scratch-audio-6/  Hard pass there.  I recent bought a 2 in/2 out unit from MOTU and I have been very impressed with it. There's a model with 4 outputs for $220: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/M4--motu-m4-4x4-usb-c-audio-interface

It has a  bunch of things I don't need for Traktor, as well as making use of 1/4" jacks for the outputs (necessitating 1/4" to RCA cables.)  I don't see to many other similarly priced units that compare well with it.  In any case, I found my ancient ESI Gigaport AG and I'm going to do a test broadcast with it in the next week.

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