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Member Since: Dec 25, 2007

i have been trying to get recording down for a very long time but i just keep running into problems. i bought an alesis multimix 12 usb mixer and have been trying to record trough that onto my pc. i have a ton of latency, sometimes my computer dosnt even recieve a signal from it and cubase le (which came with it) is a freaking pain). i have spent plenty of money on the mixer and mics, cables ect so
im not done yet. my question is would it be worth saving up and buying a macbook this summer to use just for recording. i will be making alot of money this summer so should this be an option?

oh and feel free to give any other tips, i just havnt gotten it down yet

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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Mar 19, 2008 09:44 pm

What are the specs on the PC you are using now? Latency can be caused by many things. Some of them related to the PC and some to the interface or mixer/interface in your case.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Mar 20, 2008 07:39 am

Ya may want to give reaper a try.

Free to try, and no limititations.

Uncrippled full-featured shareware.

It may well snuff out both problems: latency, and having to deal with CLE =).

Brother Number One
Since: Jan 22, 2008

Mar 20, 2008 08:46 am

I'd second REAPER. I was dubious about changing software but I really rate REAPER now

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Mar 20, 2008 08:50 am

From their site

"REAPER is available for download without technological limitations for evaluation purposes. Once you have evaluated REAPER, you should purchase a license."

So be aware, I doubt they consider years of use "evaluation", if you do like it, the $50 license isn't out of line.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Mar 20, 2008 09:06 am

Good point, though I did actually evaluate for around 9 months.

When I converted full time, I got a license.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Mar 20, 2008 09:07 am

I love the project name on that screen shot...Brad must really suck.

That is the only reason it's not on my laptop yet...I only have absolutely legal freeware, and it's getting me buy.

Only two exceptions, Vista and WebCEO...and if I find a freeware equivalent to WebCEO, I'll be all over it.

I tune down down...
Since: Jun 11, 2007

Mar 20, 2008 09:38 am

Did I miss something dB? What are you talking about? Lol.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Mar 20, 2008 09:39 am

heh, yeah, that's their demo song that comes with it.

Cool, an all free-ware laptop.

You just gotta put ubuntu on there, and you'd be 100% =).

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Mar 20, 2008 09:42 am

not a chance. fortunately I don't do much audio on it, I can do anything I need at this point with Audacity...otherwsie it's all development. Aptana, Gimp and that sort of thing.

OK, thread jacking over, back to your regularily scheduled program.
Since: Nov 27, 2007

Mar 20, 2008 09:48 am

poor ol Brad what did he do i wonder???

Since: Dec 25, 2007

Mar 21, 2008 12:28 pm

thanks, i downloaded reaper and it seems like a pretty good program, much better than cubase. but right now i have an even bigger problem. its not getting anything from my mixer. my mixer is getting a signal from my guitar but the comp is getting nothing. i already went to my control panel and changed input to it so thats not the problem. i have tried 3 different programs and none of them work! help!

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Mar 21, 2008 12:40 pm

Does that mixer come with ASIO drivers? How do you select your hardware\driver in reaper.
I would think windows control panel is not going to be the proper way to select it, that is usually used when recording to your onboard audio or for selecting your mic input for voice chat in games. Even if you default to your USB mixer in the control panel Reaper may not use that default as it probably has it's own, I know audition does.

I'm sure one of the reaper guys can provide more info.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Mar 21, 2008 02:31 pm

yeah, go into the reaper preferences, then audio part. in there you can select WDM, ASIO or whatever. Under each one of these you'll see your soundcard / interface. If you're not seeing the interface, then something is bunk with your interface / windows drivers.

Now, if you can see your device, then select the range that you want to record from. This is like, if you have 10 inputs, but only wanted to use 4 for reaper, then you'd put 1 to 4. For a 2 channel card, I'd think 1 to 2 would be the way to set it up.

Now, if this is working too, then on the reaper main page, insert a new track (CTRL-T). Pull the height of the track down so you can see its meter. Right click on the meter, and select mono input. A menu should pop out, and then select which ever input you're trying to record from.

Now, click the little red button on the far left of the new track. This 'arms' the track, to receive signal from the input you just selected.

Now, the reaper part should be ready to go.

I'm gonna assume you're using the USB to send signal to the PC. I don't know how to check for signal coming out the USB cable, so i'm kinda helpless here. If you have another PC to test with, that may eliminate some possibilities.

Hope that helps get you closer, post again if you got more ???.

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