Trouble monitoring input to Ardour...
This seems to be an Ardour issue:
I have input going into A/D converter card (m-audio 24/96 PCI, i.e., guitar and vocals).
I have input coming from Hydrogen.
I can sometimes see the input signal in vu meters for each input track,
and sometimes I can see it in the master track (for instance when recording sometimes).
I know the signal is there, because I can patch it directly to System Outputs anytime.
I know its there at the track inputs even when the vu meters don't show it, because I can use Meterbridge to look at the signal.
I have used basic mixing boards for some 30 years, from Soundcraft to Neve consoles, and even a few digital mixers.
Nonetheless, the Ardour interface is totally bewildering, when I can't get expected results.
I have made connectons from each track output to the master inputs.
Yet there is no button or combination of same to make the master vu meter light up and monitor sound,
nor can I get the sound to play through into the System Output (my external monitor amp and speakers).
I know the monitors are working, again because I can patch directly to them from System inputs or Hydrogen and hear drums or guitar.
I press "solo" but don't get solo tracks. I turn up all the faders and can't get squat into the master track.
From the symptoms this has to be some misunderstanding or user error,
but all the menus are like Egyptian hieroglyphs.
I can't even manage to turn a metronome on/off, or rather off, or even adjust its volume.
Everytime I do something that would seem reasonable, bam! something unexpected and ridiculous happens.
Clicking somewhere on the menu of buttons along the top (transport buttons),
made the whole bar vanish like Firefox toolbar, only there is no option in the "View" menu to turn it back on again.
Later I found it on another screen: it had detached itself completely from the window and put itself somewhere invisible. WHY?
I press the rewind button, but the red vertical line refuses to return to the beginning of the recording (presumabley 00.00).
Nothing works like a tape recorder should.
For a while I couldn't even get Ardour to start up, because I couldn't load an already started project.
What a frustratingly long session of pain.
I'm sure some of these problems would vanish with somebody over my shoulder
just going "Hey press xxx on menu yyy to do that."
Of course, this interface is damn near impenetrable,
even for a sound engineer with 30 years of messing around.
How can that be?
I think I've provided enough info. I'd post pics or links,
but this primitive message poster window doesn't even seem to have support tags,
unless I pull out a book on html coding.
come on guys, throw Dr. Evil a bone here.