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Need Help With Sound Card and Cubase

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21 years 2 months
I have just purchased a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2ZS Platinum sound card, and last night had it installed. Everything seems to be ok with it, except with Cubase SX, which is what I bought it to use with. The problem is that I now had no sound at all in Cubase, when trying to play old files or create new ones. I found that I am able to obtain sound by selecting my new soundcard in the "VST Audiobay", as my "Master ASIO Driver". However, when I do this I am no longer able to change the sample rate in either my old files, or any new ones I create. It is set to 48, 000kHz, and I cannot change it. It is set at this rate in the "Project Setup" Menu, and there is no longer an option to change it. There is no drop down menu. Although this seems to be the correct rate for creating a new file with my new card, all my old files play at a sped up rate that I cannot change. This is obviously a big problem. How can I change the sample rate in my old files, and also when creating new ones?

Also, when I change the "Master ASIO Driver" setting to my new card, although I can hear my old files at a sped up rate, and import audio into new files, my mic no longer works. I have a Behringer mic which plugs into a Behringer pre-amp, which now plugs into my soundcard. It used to be plugged into the back of my computer, so I imagine the change of ports is probably the cause of this problem. However, it still works as normal in Audacity and the Windows Sound Recorder. What do I need to do to get it working in Cubase?

Any help would be most appreciated.


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21 years 2 months

Pro Audio Guest Sun, 10/01/2006 - 01:00
The thing is, no software is going to make your recording sound better. It just doesn't work that way. If you can't find a way to make a decent recording with what you have at hand, you will never be able to make a decent recording.
Best advice I've been given in here. In that case I'm gonna go back to Audacity. I know this would sound utterly insane to you guys, but I always preferred Audacity to Cubase anyway. Like I said, all I do is basically record my vocals, so the simpler the better as far as I'm concerned. If I ever wanna get more technical I'll just import my Audacity recordings into Cubase and fiddle with them there.

Better still I just tested my new mic, pre-amp and soundcard in Audacity, and the problem I had with static and interference appears to have been cured. So right now everything is looking lovely as far as I'm concerned. I've got pretty much a full album to re-record, and now have to familiarise myself with Audacity again, but everything else is settled for now.

Many thanks for all the tips and replies.

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15 years 11 months

Cresta Sun, 10/01/2006 - 03:30
Digi_Snax wrote: I used to use Audacity but the sound was HORRIBLE. However, back then I had a cheap mic, no pre-amp, and my old card. So that might actually be worth a shot.
without a good mic, a good preamp and GOOD soundcard, you will EVER get horrible results, even with a state of the art software.
The quality of a sound engine is important only when you start mixing, editing, mastering (equalizing, filtering ecc).
I edit everything in Audacity: fast, powerful, flexible, freeware....