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  1. Thanks for that Joe. This is also consistent with how many 2 drive systems come as standard, a small drive on 1, bigger one on 2. I don't think I would worry about moving documents because my DAW doesn't have a lot, my internet/business laptop does so they are all on there. I probably have a maximum of 80 tracks but most are 50 or so but I don't freeze tracks and most of the midi tracks are instrument tracks carrying a library accessing instrument. Which means when I am recording audio, (usually 1 track but up to 3) all the sample libraries for the instrument tracks are being accessed. So that second drive will be read a lot while I am recording to it. I might be overthinking this as this might be well within a SSD drives capability. I would also partition that second drive between the libraries and projects just for organizational reasons. Disc 1: OS/DAW/Plugins Disc 2: Partition 1: DAW projects Disc 2: Partition 2: Instrument Libraries I will also have a look because I think that NI Komplete Ultimate puts it's instrument documentation in the Library folder, if so, then it might make sense to also put the other documents on the sample drive as well as in the diagram.
  2. Good point, maybe a 2 tb SSD to chuck the samples, OS, and DAW's on. I could partition it just for organizations sake, 512 for C drive, 1.5 tb for samples and then I would only need 512 or 1 tb for projects/audio recordings. Disc 1: Partition 1: C drive: OS and DAW's (512gb) Partition 2: D drive: Samples/Libraries (1.5tb) Disc 2: E drive: Project files/Audio recordings and video files.
  3. Make sure you are using the very latest drivers.
  4. I'm thinking of moving to a smaller computer or laptop, both solutions mean I will have to move to a 2 hard drive system. I don't want to use external drives except for backup. There will be 2 internal drives and that's it. Currently I have 3, one for OS/DAW, another for libraries and another for audio recording/projects. I can't seem to find much info on 2 hard drive setups, they start talking about getting a 3rd drive or external drive. I'm aware that 3 is a sort of magic number and have been using that method for many years. Which would be best: SSD 1 : OS, DAW and samples SSD 2: Audio recordings/projects OR SSD 1 : OS DAW and recordings/projects SSD 2 : Samples/Libraries or maybe something else. I do use mainly midi and VSTI's and only use between 1 and 3 tracks for recording audio at any one time. Just wondering what others may have done and whether they had any problems.
  5. One thing I did when I had different computers in different rooms was to use the same model keyboard and mouse for all of them so it didn't feel strange switching.
  6. Tezza

    29!!!!

    That's a good idea, I still have some plugins and synths that I bought, some of them years ago, that I forgot about and they have never been used. One day I will chase them all up.
  7. Computers are so cheap and powerful these days, If I were in your shoes, I would get a separate computer for the photography area. The idea of moving the laptop from one room to another might seem like a solution as you only have one computer, but I don't think that would work for me, that would be a workflow killer. You could investigate using a docking station I guess. I use a docking station and KVM switch for my internet/business laptop which is a latitude e7450 (they have the docking port on the bottom). Basically, my tower computer is set up for music/video editing and is offline. It is directly connected to the speakers, audio interface, midi keyboard and the LCD monitor. The mouse, computer keyboard and printer goes to a KVM switch. The KVM switch also goes to the docking station as the other computer. The docking station is connected directly to the second input on the LCD monitor and the USB dongle for internet. When I want to do music, I just turn power on to the tower computer and peripherals and away I go since the KVM switch is set to default to the tower computer so the PC keyboard, mouse and printer automatically work there. When I want to do business/internet, my laptop is already sitting in the docking station, I just turn power on to it and then press the KVM switch button to switch the PC keyboard, mouse and printer over to it and away I go. The LCD monitor automatically switches to the input showing power so I don't need to worry about that. If I want to take the laptop with me anywhere I just eject it from the docking station and go, nothing to connect or disconnect there. This works for using 2 computers on the same PC keyboard, mouse and printer in the same area so it is a different setup to what you might be looking at. I don't think the XPS line of laptops have docking ports either so it would be more expensive buying a docking solution. In your situation, I would definitely look at getting a separate dedicated computer for your photography area. Continually connecting and disconnecting the audio interface, monitors and the LCD monitor and then reconnecting/disconnecting the peripherals at the other end would drive me nuts and you can't really use a docking station for your audio interface or your speakers.
  8. This might be irrelevant but it's always worth checking because I've done it myself but make sure the mix knob on the UR22 is turned full towards "DAW" when mixing.
  9. I don't understand, that deal has expired, this one is current until July 15th.
  10. You can get it at their shop https://www.dsoniq.com/ or the same deal is offered at plugin boutique where you can also pick up the freebie of the month which is a choice between Mastering the Mix "Levels" or Sonible's "Balancer". I don't know how it compares to other headphone correction software, maybe others might know, but they do offer a free trial for 41 days, this is a fully functional trial.
  11. The OP asked the question "is it compatible" and got the answer "yes it is" ....case closed! Although why on earth you would buy a 2i2 over a UR22c is beyond me, unless you are on a desktop and don't have a USB-C connection of course but there are inexpensive cards for that, don't know how well they would work. I'm glad I chased up the latest Steinberg interfaces, that USB-C is massive for me, means DSPFX on bus power! woo hoo! I can have the same setup I have on my UR44 on a laptop that is truly portable, without even being connected to the mains. A laptop, the UR22c and the Akai mini MPK, all fits in a laptop bag and you can set up a studio anywhere. I think I've found my travel kit.
  12. If you want complete portability ie bus powered, then the Scarlett 2i2 is fine, I had the 2i2 and the 2i4, they both worked great but then every interface I have ever bought has worked fine provided you have the right and latest drivers for your operating system. I did have troubles with latency but that is probably partially due to my under powered computer. If you have a fast computer, it may not bother you so much. If portability is not so much of an issue, I would recommend the Steinberg UR242 instead, as it has onboard DSP and FX and like all interfaces with onboard DSP it requires a mains plugin. I currently use the UR44 which has the same DSPFX chip. It's a bit finicky but being able to control reverb, compression and eq in your headphones while you sing without having to worry about computer latency is nice. They are also good quality FX. Also, having access to guitar amps without worrying about latency is great, although the amps that come with the DSPFX are not the best, they are ok, but it gives you the feel of playing through an amp and you can switch over to your favorite amp sim after you have recorded. John's right about buying something that suits your needs, good advice there. It can be frustrating thinking your interface would do something that you need and then finding out it won't do that. EDIT: I've just looked, and it appears that the UR24C is the new model and that apparently has bus power but also the DSPFX chip, if that is the case, then it is a really good deal, it's also cheaper than the 2i2. On looking further, the model is UR22C, the 24C is more for DJ type people. Apparently Steinberg are offering the DSPFX chip on all their bus powered USB C-series interfaces. The UR242, which requires mains plugin, is still available.
  13. 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.
  14. 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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  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. I am on Aussie time. BTW I wouldn't mind living in California at all!
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  21. Happy April Fools day hee hee!! When the cats away, the mice will play.
  22. 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.
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