Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Behringer iAXE 393 and Guitar Combos from Native Instruments on Windows 8 64 bit.
Of course, if you found this blog post, you probably already know all that. You just want to know, now that you've moved on from Windows XP can you still use the iAXE? So, yes, you can. But there are 3 very important points you'll have to attend to.
First, I had the serial number from when I originally registered the Guitar Combos software. You'll need that--and it doesn't appear that there's any way to register the software now, but I guess you could call Native Instruments. Let's assume though, that you have the serial number and the Guitar Combos CD. Point 2 is that the driver install file on the CD that came with the iAXE won't work for later versions (I tried it on Vista and it wouldn't even work on that--much less Windows 7 or 8.) You can download a new version of the driver software from the Behringer web site. And point 3 is that there's a specific order that you'll want to do things in to make it all work. I did install and register Guitar Combo 2 first--and it was a bit of an ordeal, but only because I was trying to use the serial number I got for GC 2 to register GC 1.
So if you remember which one you were using you can save yourself a lot of angst. The point is that Guitar Combos can be installed first and it doesn't seem to matter. And for the record, I was installing Guitar Combo 2 and the iAXE drivers on Windows 8 64 bit. If you're on 32 bit and an earlier version of Windows these steps should still work fine. One other note about the serial number. It's a 25 digit number and you should enter dashes between each set of 5 numbers--at least, that worked for me. Once you've correctly entered the serial number, the "Try" button will change to an "Activate" button. So, here's what you'll need to do.
1. Go to the Behringer web site and get the new installer file. Now you'll want to download the USB Driver, either 32 bit or 64 bit depending on your system. (Mac users, yours probably already works, but if not there is a list of MAC software for download.) So download BEHRINGER_2902_WIN32_2.8.40.zip or BEHRINGER_2902_X64_2.8.40.zip. Once that's downloaded unzip it, but don't run the setup.exe file yet.
2. Plug your iAXE into your PC using the USB cable. The Windows OS will install drivers for it. Once that's done (Windows will tell you that your device is ready to use, but that's wrong) unplug your guitar from the PC.
3. Now run the setup.exe file that you downloaded from Behringer. This is going to install the Asio driver for your iAXE. When the installer program tells you to, plug the iAXE back into the PC and when it finishes, go to step 4.
If you've lost your user manual from Behringer, you can probably find one online, but the link to the Behringer version is broken. Good luck and let's make some noise.
Posted at 4:27 PM