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Live playback - How do I do it?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by EricIndecisive, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    Hey everyone, when I record, is there a way to get live playback so I can hear myself singing through the headphones as I'm recording? When I used to record, I would go off pitch because I could not hear myself as I was singing. My trick now is to just put them on halfway, but there must be a better way! Here's what I use:

    Presonus Firepod
    Adobe Audition 1.5

    Thanks for any help
  2. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    I'm not with ya yet, this has a headphone output, does it not work?
  3. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    Well, I want to be able to listen to previous tracks I have recorded while hearing the new ones as I record them. When I plug into the computer, I hear the already recorded tracks. When I plug in to the firepod, I hear what is coming through the microphones. Is it possible to hear both at the same time? Am I setting the output in the program wrong?
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    This is generally all a function of the software you are using. The drivers for your device generally allow for both recording & monitoring of previously recorded tracks while listening to live passthrough. This sounds like operator error and/or an misunderstanding of your instruction manual?

    Yes, you must do all of your monitoring through the digital audio interface. It has an internal router applet that is an internal monitor mixer router. No console necessary. This is what's tripping you up. You can however take your digital audio interface's output, routed into your mixer for monitoring purposes only. But again, you must have the device properly adjusted. You don't have it there yet.

    So you're halfway there.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  5. Greener

    Greener Guest

    My USB device has direct monitoring, this seems to have very low latency. When I use software monitoring I get some pretty laggy stuff.
    Audition is good as a wave editor, use something else for tracking.
  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    When you track, multitrack projects, for low latency monitoring, set your buffers to the lowest you can function with. Make sure you're not running any plug-ins while tracking. Or for overdubs since any kind of plug-ins will cause greater latency problems. The latency comes from increasing the buffers to make the plug-ins work properly. So once you understand you have to track with one batch of settings and mix with a different batch of settings, then stuff will start to happen properly for you.

    If on the other hand you cannot deal with these computer falabilities, I recommend the Alesis HD 24xr, 24 track hard disk-based recorder. Under $2000 provides you with a recorder that will work more reliably than any computer will. I love purpose built, dedicated devices. They only do one thing. The fact that you can then easily transfer those tracks into your computer for further manipulation & mixing is a great way to go.

    Hybrid broad
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  7. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    Thanks for the help! LOL, it was very easy. All I had to do was plug in my headphones into the firepod headphone jack, then set all tracks output to Firepod Main Out. Thanks for the responses everyone

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