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I need help please.

Discussion in 'Recording' started by michaelmoua, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. michaelmoua

    michaelmoua Active Member

    So far i setted up my mic with the audio interface and that to my laptop. When i play music from ableton live 8 through the interface to my headset there is a major distortion. Let me make this clear i know absolutely nothing.I don't know what to do. Please help me.
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    What make and model of microphone and audio interface have you got?

    Is the distortion on music you have recorded or it is on known good tracks that you have loaded from elsewhere?
     
  3. michaelmoua

    michaelmoua Active Member

    My microphone is a AKG Perception 120 and my interface is Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. It is a track that i have changed from mp3 to wav. Thank You.
     
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    The point is was it you that recorded this track, or is it one done by someone else and it is known to sound OK on other gear? Does the original MP3 play undistorted?
     
  5. michaelmoua

    michaelmoua Active Member

    It was done by someone else. It sounds good on other gear. The original mp3 plays undistorted.
    Thanks.
     
  6. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    If the original .mp3 plays fine on your Scarlet then the problem occurred when you converted the track to .wav format. Try to reconvert the MP3 track with different settings or better yet just leave it as MP3.

    MP3 is a format that leaves out bits to make the file smaller (lossy). WAV is a loss-less format that can possibly use those missing bits. While a converter may be able to engineer the missing bits through an algorithm, generally speaking, those missing bits are gone forever and converting back to a loss-less format won't help that problem. While MP3 may be desirable to the younger generation these days because of the file sizes, it is a crappy way to store and listen to audio if you actually like quality sound.
     
  7. michaelmoua

    michaelmoua Active Member

    i haven't tried mp3 ableton live 8 wouldn't let me.
     
  8. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    So just that I am clear, the WAV file plays fine on other equipment or through iTunes when the Scarlet is NOT connected to your computer?
     
  9. michaelmoua

    michaelmoua Active Member

    Yes. The Wav plays fine when the Scarlet is not connected.
     
  10. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Now, leave Reason out of the picture. Can you make iTunes or whatever play out through the Scarlet? You should be able to do this. Does this distort the wav file or any other audio that is sent out through the Scarlet?
     
  11. michaelmoua

    michaelmoua Active Member

    Yeah. Anything going through the scarlet is distorted.
     
  12. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    How are you listening?
    Headphones or speakers?
    If speakers, are the speakers powered computer speakers? (turn them down)
    If not are the speakers plugged into the headphone jack? (which would be wrong)
    Have you turned DOWN the audio level from the Windows audio mixer?
     
  13. michaelmoua

    michaelmoua Active Member

    I think i figured it out. I think i was using USB 1.0 when switched to a different USB port it went away. Thank you. I'm sorry to bother you.
     
  14. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I see. So what you experienced wasn't distortion but stuttering as a result of latency. Glad you found it. I'm surprised any current computers even have USB 1.0 anymore.
     

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