Crackling issues (Behringer Umc404hd interface)
* Resolved! I changed the routing to fix the crackling. Before, Ableton's audio input was set to the interface and the audio output was set to the RC505, and that combo apparently was what was causing the crackling. Now I have the interface as both the input and output, and I send that signal from the line out of the interface to the AUX input of the looper. No more crackling, and I can use a higher buffer without noticeable latency.
I just bought a Behringer UMC404HD and having problems with some crackling. It happens intermittently while I am playing my instruments (guitabass/mic) which is a problem since I would like to use it for live performance, ideally. It's also pretty annoying when I'm trying to loop something and then it crackles in the middle of the loop so I have to delete the loop and try again.
My setup is the following:
Electric guitabass/microphone > UMC404HD > Ableton (MacBook Pro) > RC505 looper > speakers
I use Ableton for vocal effects and virtual amps (amplitube for my electric guitar and bass) in addition to some of Ableton's synths. I have tried different buffer sizes, and 128 seems to be the highest I can go without getting too much latency on my instruments (though even this is pushing it for me). Even at 128 I still get some crackling every now and then on all 3 instruments, regardless of how much gain there is.
Any suggestions for eliminating this? Is it more likely an issue with this unit or is it too much to expect no crackling at all?
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Coming back to guitar, please help with gear rec
Hi everyone! What a lovely sub and community. Been reading a lot of similar threads but haven`t found my specific situation. So.. Backrgound
: played 13-15 years ago on a used mexican Strat as my first electric guitar being a student. Moved to another country, sold it. Haven`t been really playing as life-work-kids happened. Now REALLY found a huge motivation (sitting at home) to play again and get really really good at this. I`m somewhere between beginneintermediate closer to beginner. Been playing mostly easy songs I liked, learned no theory etc. Now plan to learn all theory, scales, really practice a lot. What I`ve got:
Ovation electric acoustic which I got 4 years ago just to have some guitar, but because of kids and life been picking it up veeeery rarely. Also got two small children and about an hour every day while everyone sleeps at night. I got a cover hole for this acoustic and it helped to make it quieter but its not quiet enough still so I can`t really play. I can still practice things without strumming etc. but it is not ideal. As I got a lot of things to learn I still can use this acoustic for some time but you know.. It`s not ideal. What I need
(but feel free to tell me it is not the best approach and suggest, that`s why I am posting this):
- practice quietly in headphones most of the time. And to be able to record on my Mac without much trouble as well.
- to choose a guitar (I will play mainly rock in all variations and heavy sometimes, bluesy as well but no metal really). I love Les Paul shape and didn`t really like single pickups on that Strat I had a while back)
- to decide if to get guitar processor with headphones output and use my 5.1 to jam out loud when needed or to get a practice amp like Yamaha THR10 with headphones out
Important. I`m not a broken student anymore and I am willing to spend on good things but by no means I have disposable money and I`m very frugal in general (two kids). But I was really thinking if I should spend a bit more and get something really really good (used of course, but something like $1000-1500 for guitar, $500 for processor or amp) that I will not have to sell later and replace with something else. Thinking I want to get something I`ll be happy to get into my hands every day and enjoy playing. Need something that will be easy to play as I am planning to practice a lot.
What I was considering (please feel free to overrule all of these and show me the way):
- My dream guitar was always Les Paul Standard even though I never played it. I will try it before buying of course but I keep reading it is very heavy. Is it really a problem that will drag me to practice less? I`m not a huge guy and again will mainly play sitting on a couch at night with headphones on. So thing is if I really decide it is the best thing for me - I can afford used Gibson Les Paul Standard. I have no idea if it`s the right move, if I will see or appreciate the difference. I am totally fine with Epiphone LP Standard which is much more affordable. That works too. Please share your ideas. I am also fine with any other guitar which is great value and is very nicely made and will motivate me to play and will be easy to play on and sound great. I am REALLY fine considering other shapes of guitars and brands. I don`t care really about the brand - if guitar is really really well made, great quality, sound-tone and better price than the big brands like Gibson - that`s even better. I know a lot of people are recommending PRS as better and cheaper alternative to Gibsons for example. I am very open minded.
- For processor I was thinking from used old Zoom on facebook marketplace for $50 to Line6 HX Stomp (~$520 used on reverb). Have no idea, people say it sounds great and I know it will be easy to play with headphones on and also record on a Mac when I need to. And for out loud can plug it into my 5.1 home theater. But I`m happy with any other used options. Btw, I`d love to have looper and ideally drum patches as well. I have a powerful Mac laptop - maybe I should just practice at night through a laptop using Amplitube? Did those get better in the last 10 years?
- for practice amp instead of processor I was thinking YAMAHA THR10-II. Playing via headphones at night and occasionally can jam and record on a Mac as well.
UPDATE: Narrowed choice down to Korean PRS Custom 24 SE used from reverb and used HX Stomp from reverb. Decided to get a highly playable versatile (PRS) workhorse (used, Korean) rather than a work of art (USA PRS/Gibson) that might be difficult to play with for hours (Les Paul).
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