The New Toy Experimentation begins…

Well, I was right yesterday about the Focusrite website. Holiday traffic has overloaded their servers, so registering a product is temporarily down. However, today I was able to get the drivers going at least, so the computer is recognizing the device.  I’ve noodled with it a bit, and have a basic, bare bones idea of how it works at this stage by fiddling with it in audacity.

Fun aside to that, Audacity made me think my CAD headphones were broken because it does this thing where, when you record, it plays that sound out of one ear only. Then, you record something else, and it plays that out of the other ear only. End result is once you export an mp3 (or format of your choice. I used mp3 for test purposes) is a bizarrely unbalanced sounding track, and I have no idea, at the moment, how to correct that. (Quick google tells me the issue is with recording a mono track with audacity set to stereo, and that audacity needs to be set to record mono for this, so I’ll noodle with that next time I pull the new toy out and see if that fixes it.)

Up side – after testing with other tracks and devices, my headphones are just fine.

So far I have no idea how to adjust the volume of the recording when working through the audio interface. I know how to adjust the headphone volume, but I’m coming up with an unreasonably quiet recording volume. At this stage I have to blare the PC to hear the test recording, but once I figure it out it is going to do what I need it to, at least with the acoustic instruments. It looks like I’ll either need a second mic, or some sort of adapter to get an amp into play. Lots yet to learn, but I’ve managed to figure out the bare bones just by pushing buttons for a minute or two, so I’d say it’s a pretty simple, user-friendly little device overall.

More to come as I continue to ride the learning curve. For now, I still sound like a frog is dying in my throat, so only have enough voice to experiment for about 5-10 minutes at a time. Healing up though, so shouldn’t be much longer unless roomie brings home some new, fun strain of death by the common cold to hit me with.

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10 thoughts on “The New Toy Experimentation begins…

  1. I watched some videos about the Focusrite Scarlett Solo yesterday, between bass practice, and saw some that might help you. I think the knob on the left is the volume for the microphone. I remember it being green while the volume level was in a recordable range, and turning red if the level was causing clipping. I’ll grab links to the ones I watched and post them, in case they’re helpful.

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    1. This one showed how to record metal guitar. Genre aside, I remember it focusing on the software that comes with the Solo and showing how to create instrument tracks and add effects.

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      1. I’ll have to dig through all of these later. Haven’t got the solo software yet, she to the website issues, so that will come later.
        The knobs are actually gain, which yes, affects volume, but in my trial also seems to add a grainy quality when turned up. There is a little White button that seems to help the mic volume a bit, though.

        I’ll dig through all these links when I have a bit of time to sit, probably after focusrite gets their site going again and I can register to get the software. For the moment I’ve just been taking the ‘poke at it and see what happens’ approach.

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    1. So far, all I have is the device drivers. Software will come later. The site’s servers got overloaded due to holiday traffic, so basically have to wait for their product registration page to come back up before I can move forward on that.

      Though, that points me in the direction of the volume issue in audacity, so thanks. The mic levels on the new device probably defaults low as hell. My rocksmith cable did that at first, so I can probably fix it in my pc’s sound settings.

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      1. The focusrite should have its own preamps, so you have to adjust them accordingly, too. Once you have the volume and asio set in the FR control center, then you rarely have to open it again. What I had done is gone into my computer’s sound settings and selected the focusrite I/O as my sound card, too.

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      2. That’s what I’m saying-literally all I have right now is bare bones driver to get the PC to recognize the device exists. There is no FR control center or anything else until their website is functional enough to get them. That will all be coming later. Playing the waiting game for now and experimenting with what functionality the driver only installation gets me in the meanwhile.

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