Issues with Recording Vinyl sets w/ Scarlett Audio Interface

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FreddieH
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Issues with Recording Vinyl sets w/ Scarlett Audio Interface

Post by FreddieH » Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:59 pm

Hi everyone,

I've just upgraded my mac to the 2018 pro model (2x fireport usb) and I'm struggling with being able to record my vinyl mixes into either Ableton or Audacity. Other Tech: good condition 1210 Mk2's, Numark M1 mixer, various cheap cables and connectors into the Scarlett.

With Audacity, audio only comes through the right channel, no audio at all on the left. when switching to mono recording there's no audio at all. Suffers from the same audio issues as below.

With Ableton, I can get the audio in but the quality is horrendous, sounds very tinny and far-off. Slight increases in volume or gain have a massive increase in artefacts and noise.

I've dragged myself around every FAQ and forum but I'm not finding anything helpful. Does anyone have any advice?

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Re: Issues with Recording Vinyl sets w/ Scarlett Audio Interface

Post by Shift Gorden » Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:01 pm

Hmmm, very interesting. So, are you going from the master outs from your mixer into the Scarlett?

The fact that one channel isn't producing any output is pretty odd. I assume you can hear everything okay from your speakers?

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Re: Issues with Recording Vinyl sets w/ Scarlett Audio Interface

Post by chrk » Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:40 am

Which Scarlett?
Any more details on these and where they enter the Scarlett?
FreddieH wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:59 pm
various cheap cables and connectors

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Re: Issues with Recording Vinyl sets w/ Scarlett Audio Interface

Post by FreddieH » Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:09 pm

Yeah everything is good coming out of the speakers.

It's a focusrite scarlett solo 2i2 2nd gen.

I've got a cable taking the record channel from the mixer into the right hand channel on the focusrite. It's connected with a reasonably decent headphone jack adapter.

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Re: Issues with Recording Vinyl sets w/ Scarlett Audio Interface

Post by doghouse » Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:18 pm

If you want stereo, you need to use both channels on the interface.

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Re: Issues with Recording Vinyl sets w/ Scarlett Audio Interface

Post by FreddieH » Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:54 pm

So just plugging anything in to the channel should solve it, or do I need to split the record audio so that it goes into both?

Thanks!

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Re: Issues with Recording Vinyl sets w/ Scarlett Audio Interface

Post by chrk » Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:15 pm

FreddieH wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:09 pm
It's connected with a reasonably decent headphone jack adapter.
You don't want to use that, it's a stereo jack, and the Scarlett inputs are mono.

If caught the right Numark you want a pair like these: Cordial CFU 3 PC – Thomann UK;

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Re: Issues with Recording Vinyl sets w/ Scarlett Audio Interface

Post by FreddieH » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:11 am

chrk wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:15 pm
FreddieH wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:09 pm
It's connected with a reasonably decent headphone jack adapter.
You don't want to use that, it's a stereo jack, and the Scarlett inputs are mono.

If caught the right Numark you want a pair like these: Cordial CFU 3 PC – Thomann UK;
I'm not sure where the second jack will go into? there's only one 6.3 mm input on the model of the scarlett i have. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Focusrite-Scar ... B01E6T56CM

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Re: Issues with Recording Vinyl sets w/ Scarlett Audio Interface

Post by chrk » Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:24 am

FreddieH wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:11 am
there's only one 6.3 mm input on the model of the scarlett i have
Damn, I skipped the "Solo" in your previous post.

That's a single input (i.e. one mono channel) interface and does not fit your application. You need at least two inputs.

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Re: Issues with Recording Vinyl sets w/ Scarlett Audio Interface

Post by FreddieH » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:41 am

chrk wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:24 am
FreddieH wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:11 am
there's only one 6.3 mm input on the model of the scarlett i have
Damn, I skipped the "Solo" in your previous post.

That's a single input (i.e. one mono channel) interface and does not fit your application. You need at least two inputs.
Ha.

Okay, so should this be a better option?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01E6T56EA

or, do you have good suggestion for a decent affordable soundcard?

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Re: Issues with Recording Vinyl sets w/ Scarlett Audio Interface

Post by chrk » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:35 am

Yes, the 2i2 would be the bare minimum if you're sticking to the Focusrites.

They are affordable and solid.

I own a Saffire (their older Firewire line) myself, and there's one thing I don't like too much about them: When you use the line in from the front inputs it's hard to dial in the input gain because the controls are very logarithmic. I very much prefer the rear inputs for line in, they're fixed gain. But you only get those from the 6i6 upwards.

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Re: Issues with Recording Vinyl sets w/ Scarlett Audio Interface

Post by FreddieH » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:46 am

chrk wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:35 am
Yes, the 2i2 would be the bare minimum if you're sticking to the Focusrites.

They are affordable and solid.

I own a Saffire (their older Firewire line) myself, and there's one thing I don't like too much about them: When you use the line in from the front inputs it's hard to dial in the input gain because the controls are very logarithmic. I very much prefer the rear inputs for line in, they're fixed gain. But you only get those from the 6i6 upwards.
Okay great.

Thanks so much for all your help. You wouldn't believe how much time I spent trying to find that information!

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