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    I've just re-setup my studio, it's basically

    Windows 10
    Sonar X2
    Mackie 1202 VLZ3
    Focusrite Saffire 6 USB

    Yesterday I tried recording an analog sequencer, a Dave Smith Evolver. The stereo outputs of the synth were plugged into the 2 inputs of the Saffire and the Sonar track was set to stereo. I was listening via the Saffire headphone jack. The resulting recording was tinny.

    I shut down Sonar and listened to the synth thru the Saffire only and it was still tinny. I then plugged the synth directly into a stereo Mackie channel and listened via the Mackie headphone jack.

    World of difference. Synth to Mackie gives all the depth and detail that synth to Saffire loses. I ran this comparison many times adjusting the Saffire gain and got some improvement but not enough to satisfy my ears.

    So my questions are

    1. with Sonar shut down, is the synth still routing through my Windows tower or only going only through the Focusrite?

    2. is this a matter of Mackie vs Saffire pre-amps?

    3. any opinions on why the sound is so different?

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    There shouldn't be a big difference - I'd check your cables first.
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