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Old 05-02-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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Weak signal

Hi,

I'm recording an acoustic guitar (electro acoustic) through an audio interface (M-AUDIO) in to GarageBand, but I'm geting a weak signal.

I've checked all the input volumes in my computer's and GB's system preferences, tweaked all the knobs on the guitar, track level volume, recording volume etc in GB, the battery in my acoustic...



Any ideas? I don't really want to have to go out and spend money on a preamp...
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:29 AM   #2
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Which audio interface are you using exactly?

My suspicion at the moment is you've not got the inputs properly set up on the box.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:37 AM   #3
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It's a M-Audio Fast Track.

My input monitor switch is set to mono, and the input level switch is set to guitar, not line.
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Hmmm well the tech inside the M-Audio Fast Track isn't known to be all that great.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:08 AM   #5
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What have you set the input gain to on the interface?
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:42 AM   #6
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If I'm thinking the same as you, that would be the "mix" knob. I have it set closer to "input" than "playback".

Basically, to get any signal, I need to wack the track recording level volume, and track level volume in GB up to max.

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Old 05-03-2013, 05:38 AM   #7
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Hmmm well the tech inside the M-Audio Fast Track isn't known to be all that great.

You are right! I gave them a call and they said they are discontinuing their products. thanks.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:24 PM   #8
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Related question: on the 2i4, should mics be set to "line" or "inst"
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #9
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define weak signal... like can you work with it if you just boost it in your daw? Have you tried with another acoustic? If you plug your acoustic in an amp, does it sound weak? Did you try with another cable?
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