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Q: Whenever I connect my USB- or FireWire Audio- or MIDI interface to the Computer while my music software application is running, the interface isn't detected. Is that normal?
A: Yes! Music programs will usually only try to detect audio- or MIDI interfaces during program startup, not at any later point. Close all open music applications before connecting any audio- or MIDI interface to the computer. When re-opening the program, it will detect the interface.
In case you are using a FireWire device, close the application and shut down your computer - then make the connection and turn the computer back on. Although your M-Audio FireWire device should be detected when connecting it to the computer while it is running, we do not recommend to do so for reasons that can be found here.