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Although there are many different types and brands of firewire cards in existence, only some of them are suitable for real-time audio streaming. If you are unsure about the compatibility of your...
Previously computers or cards with Firewire 400 ports, which are featured on the Saffire Line of Interfaces, were common. Today most of the computers on the market that do feature Firewire have a...
The DiceTool was made to solve a firmware issue that appeared when OSX Mountain Lion came out. On some Macs running this new OS with the older versions of MixControl a unit's firmware could become...
Line inputs on Focusrite interfaces, both standard and combi, go through a small section of the preamp circuit. Due to the transparent nature of our preamps, however, this does not colour the signal...
Many new users become confused when they start recording and find that their Vocal or other signal from one microphone is placed only on the left in their headphones or speakers. The common question...
Due to the wide range of FireWire (IEEE 1394) chipsets and cards available today it is not possible for us to test every possible configuration. In many situations users will not experience any...
Delete the files in the following locations: Scarlett Plugin Suite: Mac HD/Library/Audio/Plugins/VST/Focusrite/Scarlett Compressor.vst Mac HD/Library/Audio/Plugins/VST/Focusrite/Scarlett EQ.vst Mac...
We have found some problems with USB 1.1 devices attached to non-root USB hubs on Windows 7. The cause appears to be a problem in the way Windows handles non-root USB hubs. Some of the symptoms of...
Since the release of OSX 10.7, your Mac is initially set up to only allow Applications found on the App Store to install on your computer as a Security Measure. Otherwise, it will consider the...
If you are having trouble with installing Plug Ins on a Mac please see this video . To get your Scarlett Plug Ins (or any other Focusrite or Novation Plug Ins) installed properly on your Windows...
If you are running a Scarlett, Forte or iTrack Solo Interface on a Mac in Class Compliant Mode and it does not appear in the System Preferences at all you probably have the Novation USB Driver 2.3...
Optimising your PC for audio on Windows 8 All of the tuning tips below should be implemented if you want to achieve high speed, low latency audio recording and playback without glitches with your...
To change the input and output source within Garageband, go to Garageband>Preferences> Then ensure that the relevant devices are in use. In this case, the Scarlett 2i2 has been chosen as the...
As any pro engineer or producer will tell you, dynamics are one of the most important considerations with any mix. Proper use of dynamics processing is crucial to finishing off a mix and making it...
If you are having trouble with your Mac clicking or popping, or having any other audio error that causes playback to stop, or not run smoothly please try all the steps below: -Visit the downloads...
All of the tuning tips below should be implemented if you want to achieve high speed, low latency audio recording and playback without glitches with your audio interface. Please note: If you are...
The tuning tips below should be implemented if you want to achieve high speed, low latency audio recording and playback without glitches with your Firewire audio interface. • Tuning Tips for Windows...
All of the tuning tips below should be implemented if you want to achieve high speed, low latency audio recording and playback without glitches with your Firewire audio interface. • Windows XP...
When you install your Focusrite Drivers or MixControl Software the installer will place the Focusrite drivers in Windows DriverStore where the files will remain, whether they are in use or not. When...
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The IEEE 1394 specification for FireWire states that the FireWire interface is ‘hot-pluggable’ (FireWire device can be plugged in and out while the computer is on). Despite this, unplugging and...
This article explains the implications of buffer sizes and latency, including how different sample rates have an affect on them. When you are recording audio with your interface, you might notice a...
Please note: this article applies to PCI FireWire adapters only, and is not applicable to PCI express FireWire adapters. When a device on the PCI bus, such as a PCI expansion card gets hold of the...
It should be noted that using BootCamp configurations is not officially supported. The following is advice in order to configure your system as adequately as possible when using this configuration...
If you are experiencing connectivity or audio performance issues with your USB interface you should follow these general troubleshooting steps to help overcome your issue: General Troubleshooting -...
The following video guides you through how to make the registry edit after installing the FireWire hotfix for XP Service Pack 2 (x86 version only). Click here to return back to the XP tuning tips...
This video outlines how to assess the audio performance of your PC using a third-party piece of software - DPC Latency Checker. This software is available to download from www.thesycon.de . Further...
The following video guides you through how to perform the tuning tips for Windows Vista as mentioned in the 'Optimising your PC for audio on Widows Vista' answerbase article. Click here to go to the...
The following video guides you through how to perform the tuning tips for Windows XP as explained in the 'Optimising your PC for audio on Widows XP' answerbase article. Click here to go to the '...
This tutorial video guides you through PCI latency and how to change it using the PCI latency tool which is available here For more info on PCI latency, click here .
The following video guides you through how to perform the tuning tips for Windows 7 as explained in the 'Optimising your PC for audio on Widows 7' answerbase article.
Article from Sound On Sound Q+A, September 2003 After microphones, nothing stirs up a group of music professionals so much as a discussion about compressors. Essentially, compressors are gain-riding...