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  1. If you are only going to use the laptop for mixing then you don't need to use ASIO4ALL, you can use just the Realtek drivers for your Realtek sound card, since you will only be outputting audio. Any latency introduced by the headphones which should be minimal anyway won't be relevant. I believe that Realtek does have an ASIO driver for it's cards, you might have to search for that, I am not sure how well it works, but there is no need to use ASIO if you are just mixing. ASIO is only really necessary when it comes to using microphones or USB keyboards to record because it reduces the delay you hear from inputting a recorded source to what you hear back from your computer. If for example you wanted to put an AKAI MPK mini in your backpack with the laptop, then having access to an ASIO driver will mean there will be little perceptible delay between hitting a keyboard note or drum pad and hearing it back through your headphones. It pays to check that your sound card manufacturer has an ASIO driver specifically for sound card first before considering ASIO4ALL as that is a sort of last resort solution. Audio interfaces can be bus powered and small so you don't necessarily need to connect them to mains power in order to use them to record or use their ASIO driver. You might have to do a bit of fiddling around to see if what you want to do will work.
  2. Yes, it might be time to re-evaluate the new forum changes, some things are working and may deserve promotion, others not so much and can be combined. I find it a little confusing with so many subforums and navigation, not to criticize what has been done because you never know what will happen until you actually introduce the changes, it is early days and I know that introducing the changes is a work in progress. Just thought I would throw in my 2 cents: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- General News and Announcements Frequently asked questions Product release info Feedback loop Cakewalk Cakewalk by Bandlab (subforum: Early access program) Hardware Instruments and Effects UI Themes Templates and Presets (subforum: Articulation/Drum maps) Community Tutorials Music Production Discussion (subforum: Deals) Songs The Coffee House --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It covers all the current sections, just moved some stuff around and combined some subforums.
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  4. It's not seen as compatible with windows 10 according to AVID, the latest driver release states: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6.1.11 Jan 19. 2016 This is the final driver release for the Fast Track Pro Qualified with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 Note that Windows 10 (or later) is not compatible and will not be qualified Fixed noise or pops/clicks when streaming with Fast Track Pro's S/PDIF output enabled ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- While it still "may" work with Windows 10 "occasionally" and with some fiddling around, it's not worth the hassle. Ditch the audio interface would be my suggestion. I am looking around for a small USB powered audio device also, just for traveling. I was a bit dismayed by the pricing here in Australia. They seem to have gone up a bit since I last bought one. I thought the Presonus 24c would be up there since Presonus gear tends to be a bit more expensive but in fact it is priced quite well according to the competition. Looks like a nice option. Looks like a completely different connection to standard USB connections so that may need to be taken into account: https://www.presonus.com/learn/technical-articles/What-Is-Usb-C Further research reveals that you can get adapter cables from standard USB A to USB C but whether or not that works successfully on all devices, I don't know.
  5. Can you get decent pickups for the mandolin? Is it possible to use a not so sensitive microphone? Can you record only at a quiet time? The only way for you to get want you want is to record live in a professional studio with great mics. Everything else is going to be a compromise, I've had the same battles with Acoustic guitar. I have a quiet time around 7.30 - 10pm so if I want to do vocals or acoustic guitar it has to be then to stop outside noises, but that does not correct for a poor room reverb. For Vocals, I've fixed this by getting closer to the mic and using hanging dunas and that works reasonably well. For acoustic guitar, I generally record it separately at the right time with sound deadening material but still not ideal. I get a better but different sound with a Shure 57 than I do with my AKG C214 condenser because the dynamic mic just doesn't pickup room reverb or extraneous sounds as much, again, a compromise. I can transcribe what I play to midi and run a VST but it won't sound the same as what I play and never will, so it's a compromise. With the VST solution, there is always something wrong or different. For example, I like the reduced fret noise and finger squeak in VST midi recordings, I don't experience that problem. There's some that allow you to set the fret (playing area) so that's good. But then some of them have uncontrollable round robin up/down strokes and the way I play, sliding up/down, playing in triplets and having hammer ons/pull offs etc conform to that signature doesn't work. My natural playing is not recorded. It might be ok for some things but it takes some fiddling around. I recently got a Jazz Archtop guitar that has 2 humbucker pickups and have been experimenting with that. Different experience, I can get up at 6.30 and record stuff in a bad room with roosters, angle grinders, dogs barking, parrots, etc going off and when I play it back, it sounds like a pristine studio grade recording, the humbuckers don't pick up the acoustic cacophony going on outside of the guitar string . It's a different sound to a mic recorded acoustic guitar but with the style I play, I only need to make some small changes to my playing style for it to work...again, just a bit of a compromise. I only just got the guitar so still experimenting but it is such a relief to be able to record when I want, where I want, without having to fiddle with midi and end up with a really high quality professional sound straight off the bat. I don't know what your playing style is like, whether it's suited to pickup style recording or whether there exists decent pickup systems for mandolins but I would highly recommend trying it out to see if it suits, it fixes a lot of problems. There will no doubt be a compromise of some sort, that might be acceptable to you or not. I am finding that I am starting to prefer the sound of the Jazz guitar for my style of playing anyway, so for me it may end up not being a compromise at all, just an improvement. There are still some issues with pickup height and string balance etc but I'm sorting those out at the moment.
  6. I am on Aussie time. BTW I wouldn't mind living in California at all!
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  9. Happy April Fools day hee hee!! When the cats away, the mice will play.
  10. You probably need to make sure your sample rate and buffer size are suitable. What is the make of the USB mic, I think some of them have a fixed sample rate. How are you monitoring what you hear, through the mic? does it have a headphone out that you hear your voice through? If your monitoring through the headphone then you can set your buffer size to 1024 or something high like that. Also, have you tried using ASIO4All? https://www.asio4all.org/ Ideally you want to be working with an ASIO driver, another reason why the audio interface is a good idea because they come with their own ASIO driver. ASIO4ALL can sometimes work well.
  11. I wouldn't describe it as "fake" though. It's him singing, he has just recorded the performance professionally and then mimed to it in the video, like every other music clip ever made in the world. The only difference is he is playing an acoustic guitar in a relaxed setting. That's just what he wanted to do to get a better sound, there's no conspiracy behind it. Still a nice cover of this song on just acoustic guitar and vocals.
  12. It's funny you mention that. Back in the day when I was a mechanic apprentice and also did car detailing for the franchise I worked for, micro-mesh was like a trade secret that only professional detailers knew about and you could only get it through the trade, it wasn't even available to the general public. I remember having a few sheets that I kept a long time after leaving that industry and using them for guitar finishing and just about any fine finishing job. Completely forgot about that until I saw your post. You are right, it is definitely the bees knees for fine finishing of fret work, even removing the scratches from the wood between the frets that can often happen and also for taking out scratches and haze from the body of the guitar, using it wet or dry like in the video. It's a lot more available now and I could get some in from on-line sources but I want to finish the guitar this weekend, so I'll have to make do with what I have but will order some in, that stuff is great. Stewmac is a great resource but I don't buy from them because being in Australia I don't like waiting for things to arrive, there are similar products here though that I can get in from Melbourne or Sydney. The way I see it, I'll finish the guitar as I can now, but in a month, I'll probably do more work on it to finish up because there will probably be other stuff that comes to light, some other vibration or more fret work or a different string gauge/type or I may decide to put a different pickup in the bridge etc, I also might put chicken head knobs on it. Or I might hate it and get something else. I will only find that out from playing it for a bit. I also think it is good to have a guitar setup thread in the forum because recording guitars direct into an audio interface to a DAW is very different than playing through an amp. I must have started 100 threads in a multitude of forums at my disappointment of being able to record electric guitars direct, always sounding scratchy and harsh and almost like that horrid piezo sound being present, thin with an unpleasant distortion being applied. Using an amp sim does little to make it better. I can get there almost, but it's a lot of work and not that satisfying when I know what it "should" sound like from playing through an amp. I resorted to using pedals before the interface which works much better for me. But I have only ever recorded strats with single coils and trying for a cleaner sound, even with the lead. I just listened to some stuff I quickly recorded on this guitar just to check out the electrics of the guitar, it was recorded direct in with no effects. There is none of that previously described stuff happening at all. No scratchyness or harshness or unpleasant background distortion, it does not sound "dry" at all. It sounds warm, mellow, thick and almost as if there is an impulse response on it but there isn't. I had to check a number of times whether I had an amp sim or reverb on or something but there was nothing. This might just be the humbucker pickups or a combination of that with the guitar and the wooden bridge, I don't know but I like it a lot. If it sounds that good to me direct in and dry when the guitar was in such a state of disrepair, what on earth is it going to sound like when I plug it in fixed up and shove an amp sim on it.
  13. I got all the stuff to finish the guitar off today, so tomorrow morning the repairs and reconstruction will begin, by Sunday, I will be playing! I found some rubber tubing from my old strat pickups that I will use instead of the springs to secure the pickup to it's housing. Also found some double sided tape and stick on felt circles. What I will do is create pads to hold the pickup secure in it's housing by combining 2 layers of double sided tape together with the felt and create 4 of them for each pickup. They sit on the inside of the pickup housing and put a bit of pressure on the pickup. An invisible solution I hope to the vibration problem. Together with reshaping and resoldering the metal pickup cover to the pickup, I've got some clamps for that job. I'll do the frets one at a time with scotchguard and a painters blade that I've got that I can use to protect the fretboard while I just clean them up a bit, the flatter radius allows this and it will be quicker and more effective than masking tape. Then I'll go over the whole lot with a block. I'll leave the bridge as is for the moment, see what the intonation is like. I don't like the idea of prizing it off, I'd rather go the route of fitting an adjustable top to the bridge if it is needed. The only reason for taking it off the soundboard would be to move it 2 or 3 mm one way, which will most likely result in a band of some sort shadowing the bridge, even if it's all done smoothly. Why is fixing guitars so exciting!
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