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Zoom f6 as audio interface for Mac, Audition, and Ableton

In this blog post & video tutorial I walk you trough the the steps how you can set up your Zoom F6 with a Mac Book, in Adobe Audition & Ableton live 10

How to set up your Zoom F6 as an audio interface with a Mac was something I had to figure out in order for our next videos we like to shoot.

If you do it the first time, it can be quite difficult to find the correct settings.

Selecting the audio interface on the Zoom F6

  • turn on the Zoom F6
  • click the menu button (left corner)
  • scroll down and click on System
  • select USB
  • select Audio Interface
  • select and click multi-track (PC/Mac)

You’ll see several options to use the Zoom F6 as an audio interface. If you like to use the setting “Audio Interface with Rec” make sure you select the correct output parameters for the headphones to USB.

 

Settings for headphones for Audio Interface with Rec

  • go back to the main menu settings
  • select Output
  • click on Headphone out
  • select Routing

In order to see the USB selection, you have to have Audio Interface with Recording activated. If not, you will not see the USB selections.

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CONNECTING ZOOM F6 WITH MAC

I use the Zoom F6 audio interface in the multi-track mode. Before I can use the F6 with Audition or Ableton I need to connect it with the Mac using a USB-C cable (comes with the charger for newer Mac Book Models) and double check if its active within the Audio MIDI Setup.

In order to find out go to the main page of your Mac book

  • click on Go in the main menu bar
  • select Utilities 
  • click on Audio MIDI Setup

If you have the F6 in multi-track activated it will appear on the left side as “H and F Series Multi-Track Audio”.

Now you have successfully connected your F6 with your Mac.  

CONNECTING ZOOM F6 & ADOBE AUDITION

I’m editing 90% of my field recordings with Adobe Audition but I never used it for live recording.

To find the correct input and output settings you need to open Audition

  • click on Adobe Audition in menu bar
  • click on Preferences
  • select Audio Hardware
  • change default input to H and F Series Multi-Track Audio
  • change the default output to external headphones (my case) or any speaker you use

 

Next change the Audio Channel Mapping Settings (above Audio Hardware)

  • Click Audio Channel Mapping
  • change stereo input device channel L & R to H and F Series Multi-Track Audio
  • change output setting to external headphones or to all the speakers you’re using.

If we have all these parameters selected and your external microphone is connected to the F6 then you’re nearly ready to record your first live session!

Now create a Mutli-Track Session

  • Select File (in the header)
  • New
  • Choose Multi-track session

 

If you use one microphone for each track, change the default stereo input to mono. The Zoom F6 has 6 tracks and you can select each individual track. That way when your microphone is connected to channel 1, you can select H and F Series Multi-Track USB Audio in 1.

Now you should be able to see the mono level moving up and down but if you’re wondering why you can’t hear anything out of the headphones then let me tell you, I was in the same situation before. 

In each track you see M, S, R & I. To record and hear at the same time you need to select R & I

Once you hear yourself now, you have successfully connected the F6 with Adobe Audition! To record audio, hit the red button at the bottom of the multi-track session.

CONNECTING ZOOM F6 & ABLETON 10 LIVE

I’m a new Ableton user and in my humble opinion, it is incredible what you can do these days with sounds. I haven’t even scratched the surface yet but learn every day a little bit more!

To connect using Ableton

  • Select Live in the upper left corner
  • Click on Preferences
  • Choose Audio and check the parameters for Audio Input Device & Audio Output Device
  • If your Zoom F6 is in multi-track mode change the option for input to “H and F Series Multi-Track USB Audio (6 In/4 Out)”
  • If you use external headphones, change output to your external headphones or to any speaker you’re using.

Next, we have to select the tracks in the channel configuration area under Audio Input Device.

  • In the Channel Configuration line select Input Configuration
  • Depending on where you have the microphone plugged on your Zoom F6 you need to select the correct track.
  • In my case, I have the mono and stereo input 1&2 selected. Hit “Ok” before closing the window.

Now, go back to the main window of Ableton and you will already see the green level moving on one of the routing audio tracks. In order to record and listen to your own voice just click on In.

If you can hear yourself now, you have successfully connected the Zoom F6 as an interface in Ableton Live.

To record your voice or instrument, just click on the record button on the right side of the track & hit the main record button in the top menu.

I hope this blog post was helpful and that you’re able to have fun recording your first live session!

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