Help get this topic noticed by sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, or email.

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...


1 person likes
this idea
+1
Reply
  • Thanks for posting this, Stan! I'm sure other users will find this very helpful.
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. happy, confident, thankful, excited kidding, amused, unsure, silly indifferent, undecided, unconcerned sad, anxious, confused, frustrated

  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. happy, confident, thankful, excited kidding, amused, unsure, silly indifferent, undecided, unconcerned sad, anxious, confused, frustrated

  • @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... :/
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. happy, confident, thankful, excited kidding, amused, unsure, silly indifferent, undecided, unconcerned sad, anxious, confused, frustrated

  • 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...
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated indifferent, undecided, unconcerned kidding, amused, unsure, silly happy, confident, thankful, excited

  • 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
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. happy, confident, thankful, excited kidding, amused, unsure, silly indifferent, undecided, unconcerned sad, anxious, confused, frustrated

  • 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.
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. kidding, amused, unsure, silly happy, confident, thankful, excited sad, anxious, confused, frustrated indifferent, undecided, unconcerned