VoiceLive 3: Using it as a USB audio interface for recording

Question

Can I use the VoiceLive 3 (original and/or Extreme) as a USB audio interface for recording with my computer? 

Answer

Yes, now you can!  Upon release VoiceLive 3 did not support USB audio, this feature was added in an update (Build 336 - 9/2/2015).
If you haven’t already, please use our VoiceSupport 2 application to update your VL3 to the latest available firmware.

A USB audio connection is established through the USB-mini port in the back of your VoiceLive 3 – connect that to your computer using the included USB cable, same as you would for a firmware update.User-added image.

USB audio in VoiceLive 3 only supports 2 channels.  This means you unfortunately cannot do crazy multitracking with simultaneous separated auxiliary, backing track, stereo vocal, and stereo guitar channels.  But we have included multiple modes for different uses to make the most of these 2 channels.

There are three different input modes for VoiceLive 3 to receive USB audio from your computer, which are selectable in the “Setup” menu on the “Input” tab under the “USB Mode” parameter:

  • STEREO – USB audio from your computer is received with its panning intact, as a stereo signal.  Incoming USB audio competes with the backing track player (Extreme only), and levels can be edited in the VoiceLive 3's "Mix" menu.  USB output back to your computer is locked to a full stereo mix (wet vocals and wet guitar together)
  • DAW TRACKING – Incoming USB audio is stereo and one-way, as in VoiceLive 3 does not return the USB audio coming from your computer back into the computer
  • DAW INSERT – For applying VoiceLive 3's effects to dry audio from your computer.  USB audio received from your computer is expected to be panned - audio panned left will go through VoiceLive 3’s vocal path, and audio panned right will go through VoiceLive 3’s instrument path


There are also a couple output modes for how your VoiceLive 3 sends its audio (your vocal and guitar signals) into your computer, which are selectable in the “Setup” menu on the “Output” tab under the “USB Output Mode” parameter:

  • STEREO – USB audio output to your computer is a stereo mix of wet vocals and wet guitar
  • SAME AS XLR – The two left and right USB audio channels (1 and 2 respectively) sending to your computer mimic the two main XLR outputs from the VoiceLive 3
  • DRY VOX L / GUITAR R – Mono dry vocals are sent to your computer on channel 1, and mono dry guitar is sent to your computer on channel 2


If you want to essentially use your VoiceLive 3 as a USB hardware plugin with your DAW, we recommend using the DAW INSERT input mode and the SAME AS XLR output mode, with the “XLR Output Mode” set to “Dual Mono”.  With this setup, audio from your DAW panned left will be fed through VoiceLive 3’s vocal path and back out wet in mono to channel 1, and audio from your DAW panned right will be fed through VoiceLive 3’s guitar path and back out wet in mono to channel 2.

On Windows machines, VoiceLive 3 is not compatible with Asio drivers.  We recommend using a native Windows driver like DirectSound, WaveOut, or Wasapi (whichever gives you the lowest latency).  If your VoiceLive 3 is not showing up as a selectable audio device in your DAW, please see this page.
On Mac computers, VoiceLive 3 is class compliant and does not require additional drivers.


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