How to Use an 003 Rack With a Behringer DDX3216

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How to Use an 003 Rack With a Behringer DDX3216
Mixing boards such as the Behringer DDX3216 are integral to the studio environment. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

There are two ways to connect a Behringer DDX3216 mixing console to Avid's Pro Tools-native 003 Rack audio interface so that they can be used together. Connecting them via Musical Instrument Digital Interface cables makes it possible to control faders and other knobs within Pro Tools from the DDX3216 interface. Connecting the DDX3216 to the 003 Rack using an optical, or "light pipe," cable makes it possible to route audio received by the DDX3216 directly into Pro Tools with minimal latency. This option, however, requires the use of the ADT1616 module for the DDX3216, which must be purchased separately.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Optical ("light pipe") cable or two standard 5-pin MIDI cables (MIDI connection)
  • ADAT interface ADT1616 (for optical connection)

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Instructions

    MIDI Connection

  1. 1

    Turn off the DDX3216 and the 003 Rack. This is a general safety precaution that should usually be taken when connecting wires between studio devices.

  2. 2

    Connect one end of the first standard 5-pin MIDI cable to the "MIDI Out" port in the back panel of the DDX3216.

  3. 3

    Connect the other end of the first MIDI cable to the "MIDI In" port at the back of the 003 Rack.

  4. 4

    Connect one end of the second MIDI cable to the "MIDI In" port at the back of the DDX3216.

  5. 5

    Connect the other end of the second MIDI cable to the "MIDI Out" port at the back of the 003 Rack.

  6. 6

    Turn on the DDX3216 and the 003 Rack.

  7. 7

    Open Pro Tools. You will now be able to control on-screen faders and knobs in Pro Tools using the DDX3216.

    Optical ("Light Pipe") Connection

  1. 1

    Make sure that the DDX3216 and the 003 Rack are turned off.

  2. 2

    Plug the ADT1616 ADAT interface into one of the "option slots" at the back of the DDX3216. The ADT1616 is sold separately and is required in this case for its optical in/out port. The DDX3216 does not have a built-in optical port.

  3. 3

    Connect one end of the optical cable to the port marked "Optical" at the back of the 003 Rack.

  4. 4

    Connect the other end of the optical cable to the optical port labelled "Out 1-8" on the ADT1616 module.

  5. 5

    Turn on the DDX3216 and the 003 Rack.

  6. 6

    Open Pro Tools. You will now be able to run an audio signal directly from the DDX3216 through the 003 Rack into Pro Tools with ADAT-quality sound and minimal latency.

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