Sonar playback problem

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Member Since: Jan 21, 2009

I just got sonar I can't play back the audio I record could someone help?

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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Aug 09, 2009 09:28 pm

eesh, it could be a ton of things.

Since you offered almost NO information, i'll just throw out some ideas.

are your monitors plugged into your interface?

are your headphones plugged into your interface?

are you using monitors? or headphones?

if monitors, are they powered or passive? if powered, are they turned on? turned up?

in windows sound applet, is the volume turned up for the device you're outputting to?

in sonar, does the software know to send signal out the outputs? and thus, to the monitors or headphones?

can you hear the incoming signal when you're recording?

is sonar actually recording a signal into a track? can you see the waveform in the track?

in sonar, do you have a track armed to receive signal ( i think this is correct for sonar )?

are you using onboard sound? add in soundcard? plug in interface ? etc.?

There's some ideas to start with, if you can be more detailed, i'm sure someone can help out with more detailed assistance. But it's tough to see your environment through a screen =).

Since: Jan 21, 2009

Aug 09, 2009 11:15 pm

I just have a usb mic

The volume is turned up

I'm not sure if sonar knows to send the signal to the outputs cause I just got it a few hours ago and don't know anything about this program.

I can;t hear when I'm recording

I can see the waveform of the audio

No interface I'm just using the sound card that was inmy comp when I got it.

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Aug 10, 2009 10:21 am

ok i just caught this....i gotta run for a few hours..but i'll get back tonight...this is definitely troubleshoot-able......

can you play other sounds, like mp3's and games or internet stuffs?

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Aug 10, 2009 02:11 pm

I betting that the output selection is your first place to look.

Unfortunately, I'm not a sonar user, just wanted to get the ball rolling for someone (WYD, Noize) to jump in with good advice =).

Anyway, setting your output should be easy to find. Preferences, options, something like that. Once that's set, then you can move on to other possibilities.

Getting the signal recorded down to a track is good, so you know there's signal in the PC. You just have to get it to come out =).

You should be able to hear what you're recording too, as this is monitoring. I'm sure it's just a switch / setting somewhere to turn on monitoring function for a armed track.

< there's my bumpity bump for the day =) >

MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Aug 10, 2009 03:15 pm

[quote] Aug 09, 2009 11:15 pm

I'm not sure if sonar knows to send the signal to the outputs cause I just got it a few hours ago and don't know anything about this program.[/quote]

Don't you think that maybe a few hours is a little short...? Spend some time with the manual first. Get to know the program.

Since: Jan 21, 2009

Aug 10, 2009 07:18 pm

I can still play music in itunes and other programs correct.

I thought it was somewhere in the output also so when I went into options>>audio and saw the input and output were both set as my usb mic i tried to see if there was another option for the output like speakers but there isn't.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Aug 11, 2009 09:15 am

Ok, there's a clue. If you're using ASIO as a program audio driver, then you can only use one device at a time (or only have one device open at a time).

So, you'll probably have to choose the WDM driver, then you can have input as USB mic, and use onboard sound as output.

See if that changes things up for you.

I think, that if you're intent to use ASIO (which isn't a bad idea), you may be able to use ASIO4ALL and choose 2 different devices for in and out. Don't quote me on that, as I could be wrong, but I think I may have heard that somewhere.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Aug 11, 2009 09:34 pm

If he's using the onboard sound card it won't have WDM it will be either MME or another dreaded driver. But that is correct as pjk stated. You'll need to dis-able the USB mic in order to hear the output of the tracks. You can however use the USB mic in WDM or MME mode, but the drawback there is introducing some latency. Probably a lot.

I'm not a fan of that whole USB mic thing. Just not something I would ever consider using.

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