Multiple Outputs and DMX?

Hey - new to the forums. I’ve done some cursory searching and came up with nothing, so I apologize if this is documented. I’d appreciate being pointed towards where to find information like that.

Short version; does Audacity support an arbitrary number of outputs, provided the interface supports it? Or if not infinite, then at least 8 outputs?

So I’m building a system for a local band for their clicks and sequences. However, they separate out their tracks and output them to board for live mixing. They’ve been using like the super-advanced (and expensive) version of Cubase*, but it seems like massive overkill. I’m more familiar with Studio One, and I’m confident that would serve their purposes with cheaper licenses. However, I think it would be amazing to use Audacity instead - 1) though I am often forced to use proprietary software for various reasons, I have a soft spot for open source and 2) it would make migrating systems and future upgrades much simpler.

Also, side question - I can’t get my hands on the band’s current system for a few days, but I’m 90% sure their DMX integration is just midi. (I actually haven’t done lighting syncing myself before) Audacity should be able to do this as well right? That should just be MIDI output.

Thanks all in advance.

*(I’m told that back in the day it was the only DAW that easily integrated with DMX lighting, and the band has stuck with it because it is familiar, despite the licensing expense)

I think it’s still true Audacity supports mono and stereo outputs and that’s full stop. With the right software and connections Audacity can record multiple tracks and there is a support forum for that.

I think Audacity recognizes what MIDI is now, but I’m pretty sure you can’t do anything musical with it. MIDI isn’t sound, it’s instrument machine control. Manufacturers hide that very well and everybody thinks they’re playing a MIDI song when what they’re really doing is applying MIDI instructions (press key number 53 on a Grand Piano) to the computer’s internal sound generators and then playing the result to the sound system.

Since Audacity is a sound editing program, someone would have to write and integrate MIDI services—with all three operating systems in multiple languages.

Are you a volunteer developer? All are welcome.