basic recording question

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Member Since: May 29, 2004

hi i am a first time recorder

i am attepting to playback my first track through acid and record second track in soundforge

the recorder records my original (ie the one being played back) and second track into the new track

i end up with two tracks on the second file

i only want the second track

i have one soundcare a soundblaster

any ideas?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

May 29, 2004 05:13 am

Hi, and Welcome to HRC.

Yes, and this is a VERY common issue for newbies. At some point in your signal path the tracks are crossing. and both going in the input. Almost everyone setting up their first bits of a studio deals with this.

Either you have to follow your signal path around in yourhead and find out where/why they meet back up, or describe how your gear is set up and wired together, maybe we can help you find the place where it crosses.

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Since: Aug 05, 2003

May 29, 2004 06:44 am

Hi James, I solved this problem in my own setup the quick and dirty way - I used another soundcard. I use my M-Audio 2496 as the input card, and a cheap SoundBlaster card as my output. For monitoring music as well as gaming or using apps, the output of the SoundBlaster is ok by my ears. Any signal going in to the computer, however, gets the royal treatment, so as to preserve the best possible sound quality in my masters. Of course you could pull this off with your current card, and then another cheap one from the bargain bin at Best Buy or someplace, but you may want to consider upgrading your soundcard if you go that route, since you'd be buying a new card anyway. Something to consider, at least. I hope this helps you.

Since: May 29, 2004

May 29, 2004 10:26 am

Hi guys,

thanks for those ideas

In terms of following the signal path my setup is very simple, soundcard into PCI slot, speakers out of soundcard and input into card, i guess this means the crossover is in the software, right? there are some complex looking diagrams in my KX driver, if i learn to understand these maybe they will help me locate the crossover.

Tincanbug, I plan to get a quality card eventually so I may go the same option as you with the two cards

Thanks again

Since: Apr 03, 2002

May 29, 2004 10:40 am

I am similar to TCB, but slightly differetn assignments. I also use the Audiophile 2496, but I use it for all I/O (input/output) for recording. My standard card (Philips PSC906) is only for listening to music, Windows systems sound, and surround sound playback if I am working in surround.

You are recording in Acid, which unfornately I don't know very well, though I have spent my fair share of time using Vegas, and they have similarities. I would suggest you look at your tracking in Acid, once track one is recorded, remove any input device from it's properties, and make sure you have the new track is the only one record enabled...just common sense stuff like that...the paths must be crossing somewhere in the software, as you said, given the fact your set up is so simple...

Unless you are using a mic and speakers to monitor, then it could just be a simple case of bleeding.

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