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The audio interface would be used instead of your sound card. The laptop itself shouldn't play a role in the quality of the sound. (Though it can happen... see @left's comment below) The sound quality will be affected by the signal chain. I.e., the original audio quality, the settings of the software you use to edit the audio, the interface you ...


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Yep, pretty much use any decent synth you can find for sounds in those sections. Some simple ideas to try for musical feedback buttons: Load your synth. Choose a preset. Find the main amp envelope and adjust so ADSR all on zero. Raise decay till you have a quick bleep. Adjust the ADSR of both AMP and FILTER envelope of synth. Always keeping the ...


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I've been very happy with the Stienberg UR28M. I love having a big volume knob as well as separate volume knobs for 2 sets of headphones, and it's nice to have dedicated mute, dim and mono buttons. It doesn't have a ton of inputs/outputs, but I never record more than a couple of live sources at once so I don't miss them. It's got balanced outputs for your ...


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With a single MIDI input port, the 44VSL can handle only one device. Nowadays, it is likely that a keyboard has built-in USB. If not, you can use a USB/MIDI interface cable to get a second MIDI IN.


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I think it is important to mention, although you probably already know, is that the quality of the instrument and the performance are hugely important factors. Something you can consider though, or maybe purchasing an inexpensive preamp like those by ART, and some other companies like the presonus blue tube. As far as the volume discrepancies, that is ...


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(In my experience) Scarlett products can have some issues automatically switching sample rates, so either Audacity was recording a 48kHz signal at 96kHz or the Scarlett was playing back a 96kHz signal at 48kHz (which makes more sense if it was really choppy). You can try Focusrite's beta drivers if you still have issues, they've improved the automatic ...


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According to the Steinberg UR22 operation manual, you need to setup the device in Cubase: When the “ASIO Driver Setup” window appears while the Cubase series program is launching, confirm that the device is selected, then click “OK.” (page 11) If that dialog does not appear, you need to go through the settings manually: In top menu go to Devices ...


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The biggest problem with combining your mixer and interface is that most of the cheaper options have sub-par pre-amps, which would definitely affect your quality. I would personally recommend investing in a quality audio interface (a great option would be focusrite) with solid pre-amps, and then later you could invest in a cheaper mixer.


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There does not seem to be a shortcut to jump from a pattern on the playlist to its corresponding mixer channel. I assume this is because it is possible to combine multiple channel rack instruments within a single pattern. I recommend keeping instrument, pattern and mixer insert names consistent so you can visually scan for them. Additionally, you could ...


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What you need is any interface with an XLR input that provides phantom power. Either that or buy a preamp that provides it. So that's all you need with your interface: XLR in (also called Canon) Phantom Power I'm sure the focusrite is fine but there are hundreds of choices. The NT1-A is a good mic, but bear in mind as it's not dynamic, it will pick up ...


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Your question is a bit confusing, but I will answer by showing you an example. Your Instruments: CP300 Piano - Line Outs = 2 x XLR / 2 x 1⁄4 inch(Phone) Jack Silent Violin - Line Out = 1 x mono 1/4 inch TRS(balanced phone) Jack (a guess?) Microphone - Mic Level = 1 x XLR So let's look at a scarlet interface: Scarlett 2i2 (User Guide - 2nd Gen) - (...


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Every USB-MIDI connection adds at least one or two milliseconds of latency. A single USB connection typcially is not noticeable. Every DIN-MIDI connection also adds latency; at 31250 baud, a three-byte message requires about one millisecond to be transmitted. A MIDI Through connection does not add latency, but the MIDI input circuitry slightly distorts the ...


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It will be fine if you run it through a DI box for guitar. B&H DI Box


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I have successfully used the original Firepod (one before FP10) on El capitan. Do not use the Presonus drivers. They are not necessary. Just plug and play. Presonus drivers will likely cause a problem. The hardware however is working fine, with no drop outs or issues. My computer is a 2008 Mac pro 8 core system. This may be more of a new Mac hardware ...


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I retired my FirePod for years because Presonus discontinued this product and stopped updating driver to support new versions of OSX. I gave up when I upgraded OSX to v10.8 Mountain Lion. Presonus states clearly in this page that FirePod/FP10 doesn't support OSX10.8. http://www.presonus.com/products/FP10/downloads


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First – obviously, sound starts at the instruments. Rich, classical sound pretty much requires at least a decent baby grand. If you only have an ordinary upright piano, no miking can really get you there. Similarly, the room acoustics have an enourmous influence: any square room has nasty resonances, and even if these are hardly noticeable while you're ...


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I don't see anything special that couldn't be recreated with almost any virtual analog synthesizer. Simple chords, single notes with delay, small cuts made of pads and processed with phaser/flanger etc. Try to imitate the sounds that you liked and then you'll catch the basics. I like to use Linplug Albino, it's pretty useful. As for free vsti synths, check ...


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Two quite different examples jump to mind. The first is Devine Sound. Very simple, minimal bleeps on button clicks as well as some other nice interactive sounds throughout. Minimal, sleek and very effective. The second is La Gaité Lyrique - Experience. A very deep, immerse user experience with a whole host of interactive sounds. The first time I visited ...


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I totally agree with Shaun and if you are just looking for a solid front end for your recorder to use in the field you might try and find the original mix-pre used, which has since been discontinued. Personally, I think it sounds a lot better and it has a much creamier sounding limiter.


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If you're planning to do a lot in the field with whatever you buy, then I think you're on the right track. The MixPre-D would probably be the better choice. The USBPre-2 is not as well suited to field work. It can do the job, there's no doubt about that. It's just requires a few extra considerations. If you're looking for something to use more as an I/O ...


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"Should I get some studio monitors to plug into the TRS outputs with actual TRS cables?" Yes.


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I couldn't find anything for USB, but there seem to be several Firewire audio interfaces that also have ADAT optical inputs. I own a M-Audio Profire 2626 which can do 16 ADAT in/out. Focusrite has at least one model similar to the Profire with 8 ADAT in/out. This thread on gearslutz seems to suggest a couple different Firewire interfaces. If you have a ...


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I haven't used the NT1a in a very long time, but the issue I remember having with it was being pretty cold and not having a firm core to the sound. The NTG-2, on the other hand, sounds awful. I've never actually used my own even though I got it for free from a friend (I did give it the benefit of a doubt when I first got it in the studio alright to see if it ...


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Have a look at Usine, it's designed to be used for touch interfaces on windows and is a fair bit friendlier than Max for building with. Don't think it'll run under WinRT, but full Win8 on a tablet shouldn't be a problem.


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Your best bet is probably the Open Sound Control protocol. But you'll have to look around since I'm unfamiliar with Windows 8 applications. If it's backwards compatible with Windows 7 stuff you may be in luck.


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If super fast response times is not my first priority (as would be the case for live on stage performances), the easiest, most flexible solution that works well for me is a simple VNC remote desktop app running on any tablet that is connected to my main audio pc or laptop. It shows either a custom interface I built with Max/MSP (which runs on the main audio ...


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You'll have to figure out whether you're money rich or time rich. "fairly well retarded with computers" is basically an argument against being time rich. :) I'd say go with vanilla Pro Tools 9 or 10. It runs on any interface and you will end up with Pro Tools, not another half-baked DAW that never made it to industry standard (and by this I mean PT is the ...


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