m-track quad 4 monitor set-up, only getting sound out of two

Hi,
I apologize in advance for not having the jargon right, I am not a sound engineer by any means. I have a large lab that i was advised to buy the following for:
4@BX8 monitors
1@M-Track Quad

My need is to take a signal from a computer/iPod and split it out to the 4 speakers - mono. I am currently only getting sound out of two monitors.
I tried the following input configurations:
1.) aux 1/8" stereo -> 1/4" mono adapter input from source
2.) usb from mac/itunes.

I downloaded the M-Audio drivers, and every time I try "configuring" speakers in the midi setup, it bumps it back to two-speaker stereo.

I don't understand why taking one signal, stepping it down to mono, and splitting it 4 ways is so hard to set up on a $300 device.

M-Audio's tech support said the only solution is to use a DAW, which is more of a studio-side solution, when I am looking for a house-side solution. All I want is to plug in a source cable into the quad, and have the same sound come out of the 4 speakers plugged into it. I guess I was told it was a splitter, and now I can't get it to work like that.

Thank you for your help.
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  • Hi,
    The M-Track Quad does not allow you to "split" the Input signals and send them out of the 4 Outputs. Output 3 & 4 are hard wired as USB outputs, and can only be accessed by playback software that is multichannel aware.

    I made a colour coded signal flow diagram that you can take a look at. Read the notes at the bottom if you are not sure about quite what is going on.
    http://community.m-audio.com/m-audio/...

    You'll see that Outputs 3 & 4 come directly from the USB/Software. You should also see that all Inputs can only be directly monitored through Outputs 1& 2.

    The only way that you could use all 4 outputs is indeed to route the inputs through a DAW or multichannel aware program, and then out to your outputs of choice. Of course things brings into the equation the whole aspect of latency (because the audio is being processed/routed by the computer).

    I know this sucks, but unfortunately this is the way this and similar priced /spec'd devices work, if I understand you correctly. It had me confused until I actually drew out the signal digram myself!

    Kind regards
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  • Yeh, I bought this device thinking it would give me 4 in and 4 out. There was no mention in the blurb that this facility is ONLY available via USB. Feeling ripped off - oh yes!
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