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Issue: Can't record input signal from Edirol FA-66
I introduced myself in the Installation Forum July 2005, but for those of you who missed it... I'm new to Laptop-based Personal Digital Recording but I know computers pretty well. I'm running Cubase SL 3 on a Dell Laptop with an Edirol FA-66 audio capture unit through a CompUSA Firewire PCcard adapter. Now that I have loaded the correct ASIO driver (see figure 2.), I've continued with the Getting Started manual. Here is a blow-by-blow account of my activity, as I step through the Getting Started text book that came with the software, up to my new problem.
Where possible, I noted the page and step number I was working from in the following format:
2-20/26: Hardware Installation
3-32: Software Installation
4-41:1-3. Device Setup.
4-42:4. Adjusted FA-66 settings (Reduced buffer size).
4-42:5-6. Set "Release ASIO to background" and "Direct Monitoring" (see figure 2.)
4-44/45:1-5. Set-up VST Input & Output Ports
VST Bus Declarations.
5-56: Windows optimization
... Browsed through teminology and GUI pages,
9-104: Tutorial 1
* Installed/setup hardware (Yes)
* Audio Source: Yes - Thru CD Player headphones, on Input ports 3 & 4. Can hear audio at FA-66 headphone jacks. The Volume is low, with both headphone and input volume controls at max, but loud enough to be registering a signal. (See figure 1.)
I've elected to use Input channels 3 & 4 to take advantage of Edirol features. These two channels are a matched stereo pair connected to a single input gain, with RCA connectors. (Channels 5 & 6 are fiber inputs. Channels 1 & 2 are pre-Amped Mic channels, with the second channel also switchable to Hi-Z.) The CD Player is providing a signal through the headphone interface. The outputs are all quarter-inch jacks. I'm using my entertainment stereo AUX input for the test.
* Output Source: Yes - Thru home AV Stereo amp/receiver Aux 3 on Output
ports 1 & 2. (See figure 1.)
* Cubase is running.
9-105:1-3. Created new, empty project
9-106:4-6. Created one Stereo track.
9-107/8:1-4. VST Connections setup. (Removed all busses and recreated
from scratch. Audio device:Edirol FA-66 - ASIO Master, In:Ports 3&4,
Note: The little gray triangles in the routing strips in the channel pane are not quite the same. Is there an implied difference? I can access menus for both strips, but there's not much to choose from...
9-108/10:8/9. Opened Mixer and adjusted the routing strips. (In:FA-66 Stereo In, Out:FA-66 Stereo Out.)
Note: The input strip menu only shows the assigned name of the port, but the output strip menu also shows Left/Right channels under the assigned port name. Is there a reason?
Note that I named the stereo channel "RCA CD Player" to identify the source signal.
9-113:1/2. PROBLEM: There is no "VU Meter Settings" option on the Mixer context menu. Here are my options when I access the Mixer short-cut menu:
input signal from Edirol FA-66.
7/23/05 - Noted something odd... In an attempt to diagnose the problem, I remove the firewire cable from the Edirol unit. To my surprise, I was still hearing output from the output amplifier. Does anyone know if this is normal operation of a sound card?
Page Update History
7/15/05 - Started a new topic on Cubase.net SX/SL/SE for Windows 2000/XP forum. After having trouble referencing images using the forum system, I built this personal webpage to have a place to post my screen shots and related setup information.
7/19/05 - Added screen shots of the VST Connections, by request of forum participant. Replaced conversational format with a more formal presentation of facts.
7/21/05 - Added additional screen shots of VST Bus Assignments by request of US Steinberg support technician. Changed screen shots of setup items that were modified. Added screen shots of the Project window and Project window settings. Finally, the Hardware Requirements section was updated, adding additional information gleened in converstation with technical support.
7/24/05 - Moved hardware and software to my custom built, three year old workstation. I added a CompUSA IEEE-1394 PCI adapter to the system to interface the FA-66. The original setup diagram was updated to reflect the fact that the source was coming from the headphone jacks of the CD player, and playing through the PC card Firewire adapter in the laptop. Headphone jacks on other devices were added. Implemented a page update history section.
Finally, a new configuration diagram for the studio setup was added here...
Basically, the Tascam CD Player was plugged directly into MX stereo channels 11/12. The source was re-routed to go through the FA-66, with the output of the audio device plugged back into the same channels. (The original diagram was reduced a little to fit the page. In so doing, some detail was lost.)
7/25/05 - Added image and description of Edirol FA-66 front and rear panels scanned from owner's manual (figure 1b), screen shot of FA-66 Control Panel window (figure 3a), and updated Cubase Mixer short-cut menu screen shot to show Global Meter Settings submenu (figure 11), in response to forum commentary.