I've had an issue recently and wondering if anyone else has or perhaps thoughts on a solution. When using Element to route my signal I have audio passing through to my Okto Dac8Pro without connecting any plugins in the chain. It is routing L&R into ALL of my drivers full frequency 20-20K. If I connect the plugins to input I get a echoic affect as the individual driver and speaker delays kick in as well as the lag from DSP filters.
I've done everything I could think of, then I wiped the drive in my M1 Mini and did a clean install and upgrade to Ventura 13.1 from Monty which I had been using. I did not do a Time Machine restore, I downloaded all the most current versions of the apps I use and installed them fresh. Very frustrating to go through that effort and end up with the same problem!
Apps I'm using in conjunction:
- Roon or Apple Music - any source suffers the same problem - I'm not using any of the DSP functionality of Roon.
- Loopback or Blackhole - I've tried using them individually (one installed and not the other), un-installing ACE - same issue
- SoundSource - doesn't matter if I use it to direct signal or not - same issue
However, in SoundSource Element shows up as another app that SoundSource can direct which I don't remember being the case before my problem started.
If I mute Element in SoundSource I lose my right channel?!?!
Fortunately, I do have a work around. If I use Mitch's HLConvolverHost app along with HLC (which I normally use as an AU plugin within Element anyway for XO duties) I can route music to individual drivers just fine. However SoundSource is limited in its ability to host other plugins and so is HLConvolverHost so I lose out on some of my delays, most noticeably with subs.
Curiously, HLConvolverHost also shows up in SoundSource as a manageable app and if I mute it I once again lose my right channel. Audio Midi Setup also shows up in SoundSource but only on if I do a test signal on channel 1 or 2. If I have HLC muted losing the right channel but then test channel routing in Audio Midi I still get a test signal loud and clear on those muted channels?!
Before I did the nuke and pave procedure on OS Montgomery I tried going back to earlier versions of Element and also the beta. Now that I've done the OS upgrade I can't revert to earlier versions of the Rogue Amoeba software or their ACE driver.
I've been using Macs for 30 years and doing computer audio with active XOs and DSP for 15 of them so pretty confident my Audio Midi setup is in proper shape. I'm at my wits end on this. Any thoughts? I'm inclined to think it's an interaction between SoundSource and Element showing up in the managed apps part of SoundSource but am unclear why it doesn't affect HLConvolverHost the same way.