Originally posted by ST:
Originally posted by MikeZ-at-Bose:
Audacity is my favorite recording program for simple single or dual channel tracking - and it's free. We use it all the time around here.
I finally got around to setting up Audacity. I found that if I set it up with the Project setting at 48000 instead of the default 44,100 it will record "stereo" and doing that I can send two distinct T1® Channels to a stereo track.
The output of the T1® seems very low. No matter what I tried yesterday, I could not get the levels very hot. This was not a problem when playing back through the T1®/L1® but when I wanted to output to an mp3 file, the level was very low.
Is there a way to increase the output of the T1® USB to Computer levels?
I did have the Audacity input levels cranked but the resulting graphical representation was barely a blip on the screen.
Good question, with a bunch of parts to the answer :-)
There's no way to exclusively adjust the USB feed to the PC from inside Windows or OSX for the T1 (but you don't need to - more in a sec). Normally, you would adjust the record volume by going to Control Panel -> Sound and Audio Devices -> Audio Tab and adjusting the record and playback volumes from there. But you will notice it's grayed out because we default to being at full volume.
The USB L/R output is a carbon copy of whatever feed you send to it as selected on the T1 under Preferences -> USB to PC. This includes volume. For example, if you select the USB L source as 'Master', you will receive a post-fader feed off the master bus. If you need more record volume, simply turn the source or the master volume up.
If the relative volume you are recording at matters - i.e. you are running an L1 off the master bus at the same time and don't want it near full volume - then I would assign the individual channels to record under the USB to PC menu. If you need to submix several channels, you can send a composite mix from the Aux bus.
All that aside - Audacity does have one thing that bugs me, and you found it! The audio meter display is not logarithmic, unlike other digital audio editors. The y-axis (volume or recorded level) scaling of the recorded waveform display is weird and dramatic. When you see a signal reach the .5 mark, you are only 6db away from full scale (clipping the software). So in audacity, the signal can look small even when you recording at a perfectly reasonable volume for a digital system. Recording even at -20 db (a little cold, but reasonable if you need the dynamic range) would yield a tiny blip on that track display. So far i have not found a way to change that within the software itself and have gotten used to it.
Ill post a pic in a second showing what I mean.
Hope this clears things up -