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How to get the MultiMix 16 Firewire mixer to work with Windows 10!

Hey everyone!

I finally got the Alesis MultiMix 16 Firewire to work with Windows 10 by upgrading the firmware! I know there are a lot of people like me, who love this mixer and do not want to throw it away just because they have a modern operating system, so I am writing this tutorial in hope of helping those people.
The problem is that most, if not all, of those mixers are shipped with firmware version 1.3 or lower. You will need version 2.0 to get it to work with Windows 10 (or possibly 8/8.1).

1 - Get yourself a computer that has either Windows XP or Vista. The Firmware update utility works only with XP/Vista and is not officially compatible with Windows 7 (it may work, but I haven't tested it).
2 - Install the alesis driver version 3.1.0.1210 first and then connect the mixer and see if it works.
3 - Run the firmware update utility (FwUpdate.exe) as an administrator and click update. It will take a few minutes.
4 - When it`s done, it will restart the mixer, which will take around 20 seconds. After that, check if your mixer works(restart the computer if needed). If it does, you have successfully updated the firmware!
5 - Return to your Windows 10 machine and install the latest driver (v3.5.3.8671). After that, everything should work properly.

Driver 3.1.0.1210 and FW Update utility:
Link 1 - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2dC...
Link 2 - http://slav-soft.com/Alesis/AlesisDri...

Driver 3.5.3.8671:
Link 1 - http://www.alesis.com/products/view/m...
Link 2 - http://67.192.162.144/multimix16firewire

Tested and working on Windows 10 Creators Update.

P.S.
Some firewire pci cards with VIA6306 chipsets, may cause incompatibility/crashes under Windows 10/8.1/8. If you are having such problems, you need to install legacy IEEE1394 drivers.
You can find the instructions here:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/h...


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  • Thanks for posting this, Stan! I'm sure other users will find this very helpful.
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  • @StanGenchev 8

    I did the update process as discribed, but my update button is grayd out and in the lower left corner of that firmware updatewindow is displayd "waiting for device" and nothing happend... i have the 3.1.0.1210 driver on a windows xp sp3 machine installed. firewire is working and the mixer is also installed in the device manager... :/
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  • Update:

    After the April 2018 Update of Windows 10 I started having problems again. The audio got really choppy and the system is unstable. I opened the log and saw the following warning - "device rx lock changed".

    I managed to "fix" this by setting the Operation Mode to "Safe Mode Level 2".

    As far as the firmware update problems... it seams to be a hit or miss (just like Windows 10 support). I guess I got lucky with my mixers.

    Continuing to use this device with Windows 10 is too risky for me as it might stop working completely after another update, however I found out that the MultiMix is fully supported on Fedora Linux and I have been using that ever since.
    If anyone is interested I created a tutorial on how to set it up here:
    http://community.alesis.com/alesis/to...
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  • I found that using asio4all got this mixer working without issue. The firmware and software issues seem impossible to resolve but thanks to asio I haven’t got to bin this mixer
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  • Hi,

    I have two Multimix16 Firewire. On one I did the update process as described in a WinXP 32 SP3 machine with 3.1.0.1210 drivers, and worked flawlessly. Now i can record multitrack in Win Vista, 7 and 8.1.

    But with the other Multimix, when i launch the firmware update utility the update button is grayed out and in the lower left corner reads "Waiting for device" and nothing happens...

    I have read in other forums that it's because the mixer has an older firmware, maybe 1.04 or so and needs v1.54 drivers (March 2006 maybe?) and the corresponding firmware utility available in the Alesis driver CD. Does anybody have access to that driver CD?

    (edited)
    The driver files i'd like to get hold of are:

    Alesis MultiMix 12 v1.0.41.2 (June 2005)
    Alesis MultiMix 12 v1.54.0 (March 2006)
    Alesis MultiMix 12 v3.0.56.2 (July 2007)
    Alesis MultiMix 12 v3.0.81.1080 (January 2008)

    (edited)
    Got hold of a Multimix driver CD and the driver was version 3.1.0.1210. No luck,

    Thanks.
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  • Yesterday i added a via chipset firewire card to my new computer with windows 10 and connected the alesis multimix firewire. Used it under nuendo 10 with smallest buffer / latency with safe mode 1. No problems. It ran even better than on my old windows 7 system. Latest firmware on the alesis was already installed by my old computer.
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  • Can someone please help? I have the Multimix 12 firewire and have gone through the steps of updating firmware and using the latest drivers. I'm trying to bring in 4 microphones as 4 separate tracks in my recording software Audacity. This mixer and Audacity can easily do the multitrack record in XP, but in Windows 7 and Windows 10 Audacity can only bring in a stereo input. The control panel from Alesis works fine in Windows 7 and 10 but why did I lose multitrack recording capability?

    It doesn't seem to be a driver or control panel issue so did newer windows sound card setups are not playing well with Audacity?

    Does this force me to use Reaper or some other recording software?
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  • I have no problem with the following configuration:
    Windows 10
    Multimix 16 firewire
    Realtek firewire adapter
    Latest firmware on multimix
    Asio driver by alesis
    I5 processor
    Nuendo 10
    Cubase 10

    Sorry, i think that doesn't help you anyway.
    Good luck with your device!
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