Hello. I’m about a week into using my Octatrack and everything is going fairly well (all things considered), except for a small annoyance with recording samples- everything I’m recording is very quiet.
Right now, I’m running the Main Outs of the OT into my Focusrite 2i4 interface, and also running the RCA outs 1/2 from the 2i4 back into Inputs A B of the OT (so I can practice sampling from my computer).
Record Setup 1 is:
INAB: A B
Record Setup 2 is everything off.
On the Mixer page, MAIN, DIR, and GAIN are all maxed out. Everything else is at 0.
I’m getting a good level coming in, as the A — B lights are blinking a bright green to slight red most of the time. But when I sample into T1, the sample I play back is quite a bit quieter than what I’m listening to. I then have to either crank up the input gains on my Focusrite quite a bit, and/or increase the sample’s Amp volume. Doing so is a bit of an annoyance to setup for each sample. On top of that, if I load up a sample from the card, it is usually way too loud for where I have adjusted the interface’s inputs, and it then clips.
Is there something I’m missing in regards to gain staging for sampling through the OT, or is this something I just have to deal with?
Also, is there a better way I should setup my outs and inputs? I notice I get some bad feedback at times, especially with Pickup machines. Is that because I’m running the output and inputs through the same channels?