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Intermittent Monitor Disease

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Guitarfreak, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    For some reason my monitors don't work sometimes. I have both monitors and speakers hooked up to my FireBox. Monitors into their respective outs and the speakers through the headphone jack. Sometimes I get no audio from my monitors but the speakers still work when activated. I try shutting them down and restarting them but that doesn't seem to work. I don't think it is the monitors though, I have the feeling that it is something FireBox/Software related. No settings have changed in the FireBox mixer app. It seems they are just temperamental. That or my computer is failing. Which it most likely is... v_v
  2. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Assuming it's not a setting in the software - I have to ask the next obvious question.

    Are you sure you don't have a bad cable to the monitors?
    What type of cables are you using out of the FireBox main outs & into the monitors (TS, TRS, XLR, RCA) ?
    Have you experimented with swapping speakers and cables?
    - or tried feeding them from an indendent source?
  3. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    I just solved it. My computer's output volume apparently affects the monitor volume without affecting the speaker volume. Which is strange because they both have independent knobs and connect through the FireBox.

  4. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    You were in the past monitoring using your computer speakers correct?
    Then you finally got monitors and basically plugged them into the Firebox and got started, correct?
    Back when you were using the computer speakers you must have changed/routed the output of either the DAW or the interface to go to the computer which is not the standard routing of most DAW/interface set ups. You need to find, mostly likely in your DAW, what ever setting is assigning priorty to your computer as being the output for sound as your volume settings on the computer should NOT affect the monitors.
  5. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Hmm, I am not sure. In my computer's sound preferences I have the 'input' designated as FB and 'output' designated FB as well. In FB mixer I have output designated as MAIN output 1+2. I am not sure what part of this is not correct.
  6. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Maybe there is a difference between Win and Mac and our DAW software. When you say in "your computer" are you referring to the OS or your DAW sound preferences. In Cubase the Firebox (Fire Studio Project in my case) is where my input/output is routed, in OS it is routed to my soundcard and not to the interface. If I am playing back something and I plug in headphones to my computer I hear nothing, the only way I get a signal is to plug into the interface itself.
  7. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    I think the problem is because I have one of those home studio thingies. As opposed to a studio studio, so it's not dedicated to record/mixing only. I am not referring to DAW preferences, those work fine, it was simple OS playback that was the problem in question. Think iTunes 8)

    I select the output in the OS preferences but the problem is that the Mac OS allows the output to be attenuated before it is sent. For some reason this attenuation does not affect the headphone signal on the FB. Which makes no sense to me.

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