Introduction to Multitrack Computer Interface Recording

WiFi

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Hi Dave!

Thanks! Looks like KA6 can provide 2 stereo analog inputs.

This software intended for people who are lenening/recording air conversations from scanners like Uniden. Here is home page: ProScan. Also you can check this video, but it's poor quality: Uniden Scanner used with Proscan - YouTube

Is it right that in Input Sound Device pull-down menu you see 3 inputs of KA6 (2 analog and one SPDIF)? The menu located at the left from Scope small window.
 

ecc83

Well-known member
Hi Dave!

Thanks! Looks like KA6 can provide 2 stereo analog inputs.

This software intended for people who are lenening/recording air conversations from scanners like Uniden. Here is home page: ProScan. Also you can check this video, but it's poor quality: Uniden Scanner used with Proscan - YouTube

Is it right that in Input Sound Device pull-down menu you see 3 inputs of KA6 (2 analog and one SPDIF)? The menu located at the left from Scope small window.

Attached is grab from this Asus home build and although there are two 2496 cards in it Proscan only shows one at a time (no matter what you select) . Similarly the KA6 has two other line inputs, i.e it is a four channel analogue AI (with S/PDIF) but again I can only get two channels at a time to show.

Drivers? I cannot find any menu for selecting these.
I will have a study of the vid later. I also have a Focusrite 8i6 (4 analogue ins) but unless I can select drivers I doubt it will fair any better?

Dave. BTW. Can anyone tell me why screenshots done on the HP laptop come out smaller and "up the corner" yet those on the mainframe come out full screen?
 

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WiFi

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Dave!

Not Drivers. Devices! Input Sound Device menu. It's here:

ProScanDAVE.gif

Please post 2 more screens with this menu unfolded (expanded). One with 2 of Delta 2496 and another one with KA6.

BTW, you can do professional screenshots only with area needed by running Snipping Tool in Windows 7 (just press Run and type snip into Search). Select Window and it will let you to capture only active window, but not whole desktop.

Thanks!

P.S.
Also I dreams to have a screens with M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8R and Tascam US-16X08 (maybe SMB have and can try?).
 

ecc83

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Are these what you need?

Dave.
 

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ecc83

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Thanks Dave!

This is exactly what I need. Thank you very much for help! Now my question is partially answered, and I only need similar screens took from Fast Track Ultra 8R or/and Tascam US-16X08. I created another thread dedicated to this request: https://homerecording.com/bbs/gener...-track-ultra-8r-tascam-us-16x08-owners-379931

Glad to help!
I am sure you will find guys with that hardware over at Sound On Sound | Recording Techniques | Audio Technology | Music Production | Computer Music | Video Media who will be most helpful.

Dave.
 

Learner

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This is the first article that I have read and is so cool. Thank you so much, it cleared a lot of things for me. Thanks again.
 

Dee-co

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Hi everybody,
I'm new here in the forum and also on trying to sing on a mic, so I'm quiet ignorant about the topic. I need an USB interface that enables me to record my voice singing on a mic with a backing track played by the laptop, or eventually with a guitar. While I sing it would be cool to have voice+backing track played on the headphones (with few or negligible latency). The recording can be of the only voice or maybe better of both voice and music, in order to check the result right after. I would stay around 100$ (though less won't be bad).
More than a specific model it would be great to know the characteristics of a USB interface that I can use (since I might buy it second hand).
Please ask for any more detailed info you need

Thank you in advance

ps: feel free to move my post if it's not in the right topic
 
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bulevardi

New member
Hi everybody,
I'm new here in the forum and also on trying to sing on a mic, so I'm quiet ignorant about the topic. I need an USB interface that enables me to record my voice singing on a mic with a backing track played by the laptop, or eventually with a guitar. While I sing it would be cool to have voice+backing track played on the headphones (with few or negligible latency). The recording can be of the only voice or maybe better of both voice and music, in order to check the result right after. I would stay around 100$ (though less won't be bad).
More than a specific model it would be great to know the characteristics of a USB interface that I can use (since I might buy it second hand).
Please ask for any more detailed info you need

Thank you in advance

ps: feel free to move my post if it's not in the right topic

What about this:
Behringer Guitar Link UCG102 USB
 

SpaceballOne

New member
Hi folks. Back in the day i did quite a bit of home recording. I'm maybe interested in getting back into the hobby with my wife, who is a pretty good singer.

I used a Mackie 1604 mixer as a front end to a Roland VS-880 recorder. I used the Mackie as a pre-amp/pre-eq/pre-fx to get the signals bright, clean & compressed before going into the Roland.

From this thread & the mixer thread, it seems like a desktop mixer really isn't really used anymore. From what I can tell, you just run your mics or other inputs directly to the Audio interface. I know that some of the interfaces have pre-amps, but how would one go about adding compression & eq to the signal? Do the interfaces have software on the PC where you can do this? I can't imagine how you'd ever get a bass drum or something like that to sound good without those controls..
 

Chili

Site Moderator
I know that some of the interfaces have pre-amps, but how would one go about adding compression & eq to the signal? Do the interfaces have software on the PC where you can do this?

Welcome to the site. To answer your question, yes!! Most interfaces will come with some "lite" form of a popular DAW program, like Cubase, Sonar or Ableton. Although the lite versions are limited in functionality, you can still do a lot with them and put out a decent mix. When looking around for an interface, be sure to see which programs are provided. And don't worry, if you like the interface but don't like the included software, you can always buy a program.

Processors and effects will be included in the DAW software. They are called plug-ins, which are small programs that run within a host program. They are usually assigned to one specific task like a compressor, reverb or EQ. There is a HUGE after-market for plugs, so if you don't like what is included with the software, you can always buy something else.
 

ecc83

Well-known member
Hi Space' people don't usually run any effects going in when using an AI an PC. This is because even the cheapest interface has a massive dynamic range, way better than CD because you would run 24 bits instead of 16 and record at an unnaturally low level (for an old tape jockey!) of an average of -18dBFS*.

This means there is no need for compression or limiting to avoid overload or beat noise, any effects and treatments can be done at a later stage, always preserving the original, virgin take.

*dB "Full Scale" the way signals are measured in the digital realm.

Dave.
 

SpaceballOne

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Thanks for the answers. Seems hard to believe that there wouldn't be issues with clipping or overload ruining an otherwise perfect take.

The other thing I'm considering is that I need a new mixer for my wife's karaoke setup. I was originally wanting something that would be good for live sound as well as multitrack recording. From what I've gathered though, that's really not necessary.
 

ecc83

Well-known member
Thanks for the answers. Seems hard to believe that there wouldn't be issues with clipping or overload ruining an otherwise perfect take.
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Yes, quite a possibility but "software" compression/limiting is not going to help! It is the pre amps that will clip long before the digital side is in danger (assuming you get the gain staging correct).

There are digital mixers* that have per channel comp/limiters but I guess at the end of the day there is no real substitute for a good guy on the faders!

*And annyloggy ones as well but they tend to be top end and expensive.

Dave.
 
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