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Old 28th January 2013
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Waveforms wrong when I have recorded guitar

Hello,

Hope you can help me out. I record in Logic (using a MOTU Ultralite soundcard), but looking at the waveforms, I record (bass and guitar) too loud. It's driving me nuts.

In Logic I have the volume way below 0dB when I record. The waveforms look like big black blocks.

Is it because of Logic or the soundcard?

Please help!
Old 28th January 2013
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Originally Posted by Collier123 ➡️
Hello,

Hope you can help me out. I record in Logic (using a MOTU Ultralite soundcard), but looking at the waveforms, I record (bass and guitar) too loud. It's driving me nuts.

In Logic I have the volume way below 0dB when I record. The waveforms look like big black blocks.

Is it because of Logic or the soundcard?

Please help!
Your recording gain is set with your soundcard. Logic's volume only controls the volume after a signal has been recorded. So you are gonna wanna lower the input gain on your soundcard, or if it uses a mixer software program within that.
Old 28th January 2013
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Originally Posted by Collier123 ➡️
The waveforms look like big black blocks.
they look like blocks because the tops off all the waves have been chopped off at the same height- where they hit the red

the volume needs to be adjusted in the hardware. Either a knob or some kind of app that controls it.
Old 28th January 2013
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Hey guys, thanks for replying.

I think I know what's 'wrong'. In the arrange, at the bottom to the right, (to the left of the slider), I accidentally must have clicked the waveform, which makes all recorded waveforms at least 3 times as big as they really are.

The gain in my soundcard (audio interface) was set right.

Ferry
Old 28th January 2013
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input gain is too high.
you would of seen it clipping on logic when you were recording.
Old 28th January 2013
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Collier123 ➡️
Hey guys, thanks for replying.

I think I know what's 'wrong'. In the arrange, at the bottom to the right, (to the left of the slider), I accidentally must have clicked the waveform, which makes all recorded waveforms at least 3 times as big as they really are.

The gain in my soundcard (audio interface) was set right.

Ferry
This is what I was going to suggest. Digital Performer does the same thing and it's caught me off guard a few times.
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