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Old 20th July 2010 , 12:29 PM
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just bought a tascam us144mk11 (with cubase le4) from digital village.

i'm new to this therefore it maybe that i'm doing something stupid.....

however....

loaded up tascam and cubase discs onto my laptop - no problem.

followed the installation notes - all seems fine.

plugged my guitar into the guitar in (r channel) - can see a good green light input level.

set cubase to 4stereo/8mono record.

record some guitar on stereo track 1 - sounds good.

do the same on stereo track 2 - i can hear guitar in my headphone monitor but nothing appears as i record.

stereo track 3 - all ok. sounds good.

try recording on all other tracks and nothing appears.

why is this?
am i doing something that's obviously stupid?

is it me?

i can drag what i have recorded from tracks 1 and 3 onto other tracks and they sound fine.
having freed up tracks 1 and 3 i can go back and record some more and fill up my tracks that way.

i have plugged a microphone into mic in r input and can again record on stereo tracks 1 and 3 but no others!

if i plug a guitar or mic into the left inputs i can't seem to get anything to record on any of the tracks!

i have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the discs but no change.

as this is a digital village ex-demo package i'm beginning to wonder if something is faulty.

i'm going for a walk now to see if i can get my head around it.

can anyone help?????

thanks, chris.
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Old 20th July 2010 , 12:54 PM
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The lads who use Cubase will be along to guide you through. I don't use it so having a wild guess about routings would be pointless.

However try not to uninstall and re-install these programmes. It's rarely that. It could be, of course, but it's best to exhaust other stuff first.
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Old 20th July 2010 , 03:28 PM
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i dont think its faulty if its recording onto one channel in cubase but not another the usual problem is the channel your trying to record on hasnt been set up like the previous channel youve recorded on..

if youve got one channel which is recording fine then check the channel which isnt recording has all the same things as the channel which is ok hat i mean is make sure its a stereo if the previous stereo is working make sure youve activated the channel properly by that i mean make sure the record button is pressed on the channel your trying to record on also make sure the listen back button is pressed too if you want to listen to is as you record it.

its going to be something simple dont worry..when this happens to me its usually because im trying to record a mono signal on a stereo channel so all i do is go into my channel configuration options create a mono/stereo input,choose how it will be inputted into cubase ,then save it,then create new channel on your arranger page and use the newly created inputs.
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Old 21st July 2010 , 09:11 AM
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thanks waxxy,
it must be something silly.
i'll do some pokeing around and more head scratching today.
cheers.
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Old 21st July 2010 , 09:20 AM
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It's most likely a routing issue with Cubase.

Start of with a blank project and create a mono audio channel.

Make sure the input for that channel is set to the correct mono input of the Tascam.

Cubase can sometimes be a bit flaky about inputs to audio channels for some reasons.
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Old 21st July 2010 , 09:59 AM
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Sounds like a routing problem. I've not used Le4 but used to run 4, check the input to the track is set up with the inputs on the interface and most of all, like Waxxy said, check the track you want to record on is 'armed' (I assume that's probably the same).
If you're recording multiple tracks from the same input remember to 'de-arm' the tracks you no longr want to record on.
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Old 22nd July 2010 , 08:13 PM
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yes!!!!!
routing problem!!!!
think i've cracked it now.
this is all new to me so thanks for your help folks.

i decided to attack from a different angle.....
set up a new project.
then just 'add new track' each time....
and as long as you tell it whether you're on the left or right input it works fine!!

cool!

now for my 'magnum opus'....

stand by...
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Old 22nd July 2010 , 08:37 PM
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This may be a stupid question... why are you using stereo rather than mono tracks for guitar (guitar is a mono instrument, right?)? I suspect from your description that what is happening is that you are recording onto one side of a stereo track. It's not possible to then record onto the other half of it (well not in PT anyway). If I'm right, record to mono tracks. Problem solved.
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This may be a stupid question... why are you using stereo rather than mono tracks for guitar (guitar is a mono instrument, right?)? I suspect from your description that what is happening is that you are recording onto one side of a stereo track. It's not possible to then record onto the other half of it (well not in PT anyway). If I'm right, record to mono tracks. Problem solved.
no, not stupid question. it was just me trying to get my head around how it all works.
when you go into 'new project' it offers you a template of 4stereo/8mono tracks, so i went for that one and just tried to get a noise on whatever track i could.

anyway, as it turned out, i think i just got the routing all wrong in 'track edit'.
cracked it now (well that bit anyway!!!).
i found i could just go into 'add new track' and specify the routing from there.

thanks for your help everyone.

as arthur daly said 'from now on the world is your lobster!'
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Old 23rd July 2010 , 02:19 PM
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I do dance so wildly different, but a small suggestion-I'm assuming you can do this in Le-instead of using the preset track templates, or starting a new track every time, take half hour to create and save your own with routing and basic fx already in place. I have several, depending on the amount of time I have, whether I'll be using samples or creating my own sounds or remixing parts/stems. This means when inspiration strikes I can get right on it rather than fiddling at the start. It'll be time well spent
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thanks wilty.
good tip. makes sense!
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