How to set up your DAW to toggle StudioRack Input and Playback modes

Last updated on: 5/20/2020 5:39:26 AM

Learn how to set up StudioRack and your DAW in order to use the DAW transport to toggle between individual or grouped StudioRack Input and Playback modes, following the instructions below.
This feature is supported in most DAWs, but not in Bitwig Studio and Ableton Live, where you will have to switch between Input and Playback Modes manually.

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To use this feature, first set up a functioning SoundGrid Studio network for processing and real with a Soundgrid Server, Interface and StudioRack in your DAW. Setup instructions can be found here.

Setting Up StudioRack Groups and ‘Auto’ Mode:

The two steps below have been covered in How to Use SoundGrid Studio for Real-Time Monitoring & Plugin Offload, I/O and DAW, If you have reached this article from there, please skip to the instructions for your DAW below.

  1. By clicking ‘Group’, you can group StudioRack instances in different tracks together so when you toggle one from Playback to Input and vice-versa, all instances assigned to the group will toggle as one (for instance when recording drums, you will want all drum tracks to switch to Input together).

  2. Click the menu that reads ‘Playback’, there are three options here – select ‘Auto’.

Setting Up your DAW’s transport to toggle StudioRack Input/Playback Modes


  1. Go to Studio > Studio Setup
  2. On the top let corner of the window, click the ‘+’ icon to add a device
  3. Choose Mackie HUI
  4. In the Mackie HUI window, assign MIDI Input and Output to Waves StudioRack

Logic Pro X:

  1. Go to Logic Pro X menu > Control Surfaces > Set Up
  2. On the upper left side of the window, click New and choose Install
  3. Choose Mackie Designs > HUI, then click Scan
  4. A prompt will appear, click Add Manually

  5. In the HUI device window, set Output Port and Input Port to StudioRack


  1. Go to Setup menu and select Peripherals
  2. Access MIDI Controllers tab and set the first available slot to HUI
  3. Set Receive From and Send To to Waves SoundGrid StudioRack
  4. Click ‘OK


  1. Go to Options menu > Preferences
  2. Locate ‘Control/OSC/web’ at the bottom
  3. Click on ‘Add’ and select ‘HUI (partial)
  4. In Midi Input and Midi Output select ‘Waves Audio Ltd. – Waves SoundGrid – StudioRack
  5. Click ‘OK'.

Studio One:

  1. Go to Studio One menu > Preferences
  2. Click on External Devices tab
  3. Click Add to add a device
  4. Open the Mackie folder > choose HUI
  5. Set Send and Receive From to Waves SoundGrid StudioRack.
  6. Click ‘OK'.

For other DAWs, please refer to the manufacturer’s manual find where to select Mackie HUI as your MIDI Controller, and choose Waves SoundGrid StudioRack as the Mackie HUI Input and output devices.

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