Help w/Tascam U-122
Posted on Dec 14, 2005 05:32 pm
Member Since: Oct 27, 2005
If anyone can help great! I just went out and bought a Tascam U-122 and am using Cubase LE which came w/the Tascam. I've read the directions countless times. I'm trying to record an acoustic guitar (w/pick ups). When I run record in Cubase, it's picking up a signal but I don't hear anything when I play it back. I'm using a Dell Dimension w/Windows XP. I don't know if the problem is w/the recording (the signal looks weak and I've got the input control on tascam up almost all the way) or do I need something special, like a different sound card on my PC, to hear the play back. All I have connected to the Tascam is the USB cable (to the computer). The line "in" form the guitar is pluged into Left Input (guitar).
If anyone can help I really appreciate it.
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Dec 14, 2005 05:46 pm I am hoping you mean a line OUT from the guitar is plugged in to the Tascam...it's likely you need a preamp between the guitar and the tascam, or, does the tascam have preamps?
Dec 14, 2005 07:36 pm Finally something I can help with..lol
Since: Mar 08, 2004
I actually have the Tascam. The first thing to make sure of is the switch on the Tascam is on Guitar and not on mic/line. Very easy to forget to switch that. Also make sure you have it in the guitar in and no insert, which you've probably gotten right, just covering bases..hehe. Also when you strum the guita or whatever does the little green light blink at all showing it has signal.
Do you have any signal at all from the guitar. You may need a preamp. When my band was recording we woul run the guitar traight in and used Amplitube but it sometimes wasn't very good because of the loss of signal. Run through a chaep preamp and bam! the guitar sounded awesome. Now we have a POD and don't have to worry about it.
Let me know if any of this helps.
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Dec 14, 2005 08:05 pm You dont say exactly what you are listening back through. The U-122, a stock sound card, speakers, headphones???
Since: Apr 04, 2002
Sounds to me like you might not have the output of the track you recorded being sent to the correct output.
Dec 14, 2005 08:19 pm Thanks for the quick feedback...
I have a pickup on my acoustic guitar... The cord goes from the guitar into the Line/Guitar In "L". The little switch is on "guitar" not mic line. The input L control knob is turned almost all the way to the right. I have the Phantom switched "on". When I strum the guitar, the green indicator light goes on. The USB cord is the only "out" line I have. It goes to the computer. When I record the guitar, it shows very small bumps along the track (in Cubase LE). When I'm don, I go back to the beginning and hit play. The line moves across the track but I don't hear anything being played back. I'm playing it through my computer speakers? I have a feeling that I don't have something set up right on the output. When you play the track, does it automatically play through you computer soundcard--through the speakers?
Dec 14, 2005 08:25 pm if it's a strandard pickup I would highly doubt you need phantom power for it...but I may be wrong, just sounded funny.
Sounds like the master outputs are not set right...are the speakers hooked up to the Tascam or the computers onboard sound chip? Make sure the master out is configured as such.
Dec 14, 2005 11:05 pm I thought that you can use your standard soundcard that came w/my Dell and run the ouput (playback) through your regular computers. Is that not rigth? If I attached speakers to the Tascam US-122 Line Out, are they regular speakers. My computer speakers (along w/the subwoofer) does not have the standard analog audio inputs that the US-122 uses.
Dec 15, 2005 05:29 am In Cubase LE, in both the mixer and the Arrange window, there's a little button called "Monitor", should be right next (to the right?) of the Record Enable button. Click on that Monitor button and see if you don't hear something now. May not be very strong, since you only see little bumps in the wave.
Since: Feb 14, 2005
You could rig-up a way to hook the Tascam Line-Outs to your computer speakers with some adapters. It might take a bit, and wouldn't sound the best, tho...
Dec 15, 2005 09:59 am Yeah it's the sound you're not hearing. Stick you a pair of headphones in the soundcard. You should hear it then. If the green light is coming on then the card is getting the signal. I use an old stereo on the line out. If you computer speakers have an 1/8" end on them then just put an adapter on the end that changes it to 1/4" and stick them the headphone out. May not be the best sounding moniitors but it would work. . Without anything headphone or the line out you won't hear anything.
Since: Mar 08, 2004
Also you could try going to the master out Cubase and select the CPU soundcard not the Tascam. Mine didn't work well together so I uninstalled the CPU one. But you could try.
Dec 15, 2005 11:21 am I did it. In Cubase, you can switch the output to either the soundcard in the computer or the Tascam US-122. It plays back. Thank you all for the help.
Now... one more question, I was trying to burn my tracks onto a cd. Do I do this through "Export"? Do I convert it from a "Cubase" file (I forget w/the extension is) to a Wav or mp3 file? I set the Left and Right indicator and hit export but it says there's an error w/exporting.
Dec 15, 2005 11:31 am Yes, to create a CD playable in any standard CD player you would need to export the mix as a stereo 16 bit wav file.
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