New user and Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 with Ardour
I am a new user to Ardour and wanted to share something to start with.
Basics: I have a Gigabyte EP45UD3R motherboard, 8 gigs memory, ATI4870 graphics card,
Dual core processor, E6600, can't remember. I boot onto a old 160 gig experimental drive with grub/Ubuntu 11.10
I have Windows 7 64 on another drive. I installed Ardour the other day. I am also new to DAWs so I am a noob
in that respect.
Ardour first pass:
I installed, no problem and tried to use it with my USB Scarlett 2i2 Focusrite. I have 2 monitors hooked to the rear outputs of the 2i2. I tried to record a single track with my guitar plugged straight into the 2i2. I chose USB as the interface whn opening a new project and let the defaults stay as is. There were two USB choices but all it said was USB nothing else to differentiate between them.
No matter what I changed I could not get a signal to track one even with record enabled. I tried everything I could think of.
I got up the next morning and all of a sudden I though of one thing. I disconnected my USB Mic/Headset restarted Ardour and bingo we have plenty of signal. I adjusted the Scarlett inputs and recorder two different tacks one panned full left and one track2 centered L/R. I played for 2 minutes and listened to the garbage I produced. Here is where I got real interested.
I had been messing with Reaper on my Windows 7 64 setup. I know how to strip windows down and ended up with only 36 processes running, got rid of the visual candy and setup for a DAW inline with what Pro Tools recommends. I even recorder to a separate hard drive as PTools suggests.
No matter what I did in Reaper with the latest USB drivers for the Scarlett installed I still got pops and clicks.
So I boot into Ardour record onto the same old EIDE hard drive that Ubuntu 11.1 and Ardour are on, play back the result (no plugins).
Guess what? No clicks, pops, noise, nothing. Tracks that are so clean it totally revealed my lousy playing and timing. I wasn't distracted by the noise and stuff so I could just listen to the results.
I'm Impressed. Now this is the lowest level of testing Ardour and I understand that, but just this initial experience has surprised me very much. I am looking forward to learning and working with Ardour.
If this helps someone else then good. I am impressed with the ease of install, function, and visual look of Ardour.
Very Very Cool Product.
Best Regards to all.