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Tascam US-144 HI, i bought a US-144 but cant get any sound coming out of the pc speakers. also no signal going to the pc for recording . i have the drivers installed.running xp. I have sound coming from the unit it self but nothing going to the pc?? Can you help please? Peter Keys

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  • mofd11 Nov 25, 2008

    I have nearly the same problem with my setup. I run the US-144 into the computer with USB and it is setup mono on and mono mix dial is over to computer instead of input. My hope in buying this device was/is that it will rely on its internal design to input high quality information into the software Cubase LE4 and bypass the internal sound card which is of inferior quality.

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If I'm reading this correctly you may be having the same issue I was having a few weeks ago.  When the US-144 is plugged into your computer while running a program like Cubase your onboard sound card is totally bypassed and the US-144 takes its position.  So the output of your normal sound card is not going to produce anything while you are recording.  Use the LINE OUT or PHONES connector on the US-144 itself as the connection for your speakers. Of course that may not be your issue at all, but it was driving me mad for a few weeks until I realized the simplicity of my error.

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Hi,

Can you tell me how you have the 144 connected to your speakers, and your computer? Besides that, one quick fix might be to turn the MON MIX in the upper left corner, all the way to the right.

If that doesn't help, please post your ins and outs.

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