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Delta Omni Studio on the way. Old card outtathere'??

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Sound Diagnosis, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. I am awaiting a Delta Omni studio for my Windows XP system. I presently have a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz soundcard that came with my puter. For now, I would like to maintain this puter as a combo PC/DAW. I would like to keep it this way for the time being. Am I looking for trouble here? Conflicts, etc? I have heard of BIOS files, IRQ'S, but that's about it. Scary new ground there. Any suggestions, other than call M-AUDIO when the $*^t hits the fan? (One of their techs said take the old card out) Thanks in advance! ---Lee
     
  2. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Not too knowledgible on this one Lee, but I would think that having two audio devices with the same type of driver installed would wreck havoc on Windows. I may be wrong though. I do know that Creative suggests (very firmly that you disable any mobo sound chip you may have before installing one of their cards.

    And you're presenting yourself with one more possible thing to go wrong. My advice is to take it out.

    ::: Or :::

    Create two hardware profiles. On the PC profile, have the Santa Cruz enabled. On the DAW profile, the Delta. Then switch as needed.

    Oh and M-Audio tech support is not all that good. They seem to me to be poorly trained and non-knowledgeable. Their solution to me when I had problems was "take the other card out. The Delta is the Rolls Royce of soundcards." Right.

    mitz
     
  3. Hey there again, Mitz. I am definately going to yank out the old card. As long as I hear the windows sounds and warning, and most important, my work, that's all that matters. I can't get involved in conflicts of drivers, irq's, bios-schmios stuff. I am going to remove the TB card tonight. Thanks for all the help! --Lee
     
  4. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Lee,

    Glad I could help!

    mitz
     
  5. Hey Mitz, you still there??? LOL :D :D :D I have a question. I tried to record with my synth via analog audio connection to the OMNI, and couldn't get anything into my Cool Edit multitrack. I did hear my keys playing in my near fields, but I couldn't get anything down to track. I played around with many settings. This is a bit more complicated than I thought! Funny, I was looking to set the recording level, and when I brought up my Windows mixer and went to recording properties, there were NO options for setting levels or ANYTHING at all. I'll call m-audio after I get home from work and see what I am doing wrong. Any idea what I might NOT be doing right? Thanks ---Lee
     
  6. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Hi Lee,

    Seems you've discovered the OMNI's primary drawback. It's hard to figure out!

    I'm on a Mac using Logic, so I can only be of so much help.

    First of all, if you can hear your keyboard through your near fields, chances are you're not routing the audio into the computer. Now if that's your desire, plug your keyboard's outputs into theLine inputs 3 and 4 on the back of the OMNI. Now Set a Cool Edit track to record from Delta inputs 3-4. I'm not sure the exact procedure there tho. Does Cool Edit support live input monitoring? If so, then you should see the levels of the track in question, and hear the corresponding audio coming out of Cool Edit with a slight, possibly inaudible, delay.

    also check your buffer setting. The delta won't play if the buffer is too low.

    What inputs were you using on the OMNI when you were hearing your board in your nearfields? I'm guessing it was Stereo Aux Inputs? These are a nice touch, and they're there specifically to allow you to monitor your external synths while composing and record them to audio later. Aux inputs 1 and 2 both sport a button next to the jack. This button, when depressed, will send the stereo signal in Aux 1 to Delta Inputs 1-2 which will show up in Cool Edit, and Aux 2 will be routed to Delta inputs 3-4, Very handy feature.

    Write back with more details and I'll be glad to help. Hopefully this should get you on your way tho.

    mitz
     
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