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Problem with Focusrite Saffire Pro 10

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21 years
This is possibly a very noob question and I'd like to apologize for that, i am a noob.
I have a Focusrite Saffire Pro 10 and an Shure SM-57 mic.
For now I'm just using free recording software, I've tried Kristal, Audacity and ntrack Studio.

Audacity does recognize the Saffire Pro, and I've got it the line 1/2 set as the recording device. There is no response whatsoever.
Same with Kristal.

For ntrack, it works, it recieves the signal and everything but it's too soft. The input knob on the Saffire has noise if I turn it all the way to 10, and even then it's not that loud, is this normal?
Note that I'm listening to all of this from the monitor channel, which is set to 7ish.
Also if I turn the monitor channel up to 10(max), there is a noise as well, is this normal?

On that note, when I'm monitoring the noise it's also really soft, and so is the playback.

Preferably I'd like to figure out how to make Kristal work, since I want to record more than 2 tracks at a time (Audacity can't) and the n-track studio interface really really pisses me off, and I think I need to register in the end anyway.

Mainly, I'd just like to know if this is a software problem or a hardware problem. And how to fix it.
Thanks alot if you went through this :)


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Codemonkey Thu, 08/28/2008 - 21:12
Kristal is simple as hell.

Do you want to record in stereo or mono? (1 mic = mono, feed from a PA = stereo). Mono in your case then.

Go to the Waver window and press the 2nd button (connect track). Then select the input you're using from the dropdown list.
How does the signal get from the Saffire to the computer?

Then, when you want to record, find the transport window (PITA, btw) and press the record button. Then press stop, once you're done recording. It'll play back existing recordings in any connected track as well, unless you mute them.

Anything else?

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Member Wed, 08/27/2008 - 11:55
Haha it's okay :)
I have two SM-57's both of them respond the same way.
It is possible that both of them have a problem.
I don't have an amp or PA I can plug it into with my cables, so I can't verify that.

I'm thinking it's more of the software though, considering both kristal and audacity refuse to accept any signal whatsoever. Or maybe I just can't find out where to toggle everything, but I've spent a good deal of time trying to do so and I think I've covered just about all I can.