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Low record level for guitar

Mic levels are fine, but guitar levels are low. Yes, I did toggle the line/mic switch. Guitar and cable are fine. What's the story?

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  • Anonymous Jul 24, 2008

    I have tried every usb port on my computer & still no improvement: the recording level is almost non-existent when recording in multi-track (odd, works okay in single track, but that is useless if you can't here your playback). Turning up the mic input only increases the hiss, nothing else.

  • russ-bass Nov 02, 2008

    THe answer that refers to the guitar amp is confusing. I thought the guitar can be plugged directly into the Fast Track USB and then into the computer. But my levels of sound with electric (bass) guitar are very low as well, and so maybe we need to amplify before we plug into the Fast Track USB??



  • rideron1010 Jan 02, 2009

    I have the little silver Fast trask USB unit. The mic input works fine, but no guitar. I have amped my guitar, plugged it into the guitar input port in back, set the little silver button in back to 'guitar' and can hear it fine listening thru the headphone jack in front of the fast track unit, BUT, nothing from my guitar is getting to my computer! I'm using Audacity recording soundware. THe voice audio works fine, it gets to Audacity, but nothing, zero, coming from guitar.
    I'm using Vista premium OS, and have loaded, deleted and reloaded your driver serveral times. Any ideas?

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    you should be able to plug and play without using an amp. thats the idea of the interface. I have the same problem. sounds great through headphones but when i playback what i have recorded, it sounds ****

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First of all you want to have your guitar amp at a decent volume but too loud, just enough to be able to get a good signal. when you have done this turn up the gain on your mic channel so that your VU meter (level meter) on the recording software shows a reading of about half way up the meter. If you can not achieve this with the soundcard alone increase the gain on your channel in the software.

This sound guarantee a good signal but as with most recordings you will still have to boost the signal without it peaking. to do this use a compressor or a limiter and turn the gain up. if you use these dynamic effects correctly you will achieve the guitar level you want.

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