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Weak playbakc signal when usinh firewire card in my Mackie 1220

I have a Mackie 1220 Onyx with the firewire card and I notice that, while monitoring a recording or during playback the right channel signal level (LEDs) is at an acceptable level while the left signal is very low. I'm using Tracktion on an HP PC. What should I do?

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I have had this same problem. I don't have a fix for it, but I have noticed that I can make it go away if I increase the signal strength going back to the Mackie card to an extreme level (by spiking the volume on my cubase software mixer). This seems to make the connection better for some reason.
I would love to learn what is causing this.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011


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