Cubase & UR824 Making 'Tinny' Audio Tracks

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Cubase & UR824 Making 'Tinny' Audio Tracks

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:( Hello all,
Any ideas why my cabled-KeyBoards (KB) sound so very 'Tin-ly'/thin when I audio record through Cubase 9.0.40 and NOT when I play them through my PC?

:geek: Same KBs, same PC, same Audio Interface (Steinberg UR824), same monitors (Behringer B1030-A) but all the KB output is gorgeous until I record into Cubase via the UR824 Mic inputs (for audio, I know no other way to connect them as my KBs are Phono/MIDI/USB {Data Xfers} ports). I loose too much time enhancing these recorded tracks and never achieve the audio that I hear before recording. Am I missing something in the UR824 Signal Chain? :?:

Thanks in advance.
- MoBuc515
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| PC AMD 8350 8-Core CPU | ASUS 990FX Gen3 R2.0 MoBo|AMD 7990 3GB GPU|
| 10K RPM C: 500GB Hdd | 7.2K RPM D: 1 TB Hdd | 7.2K RPM 2TB USB Media/Plugin Hdd |
| 32GB G-SKILL RAM | Steinburg UR824 audio interface | Mackie MCU 8 Control |
| M-Audio Pro 88 Keys KB/MIDI Controller | Yamaha PSR-S975 KB/WkSt |
| MS Win 7 64-Bit Pro | Cubase 10 Pro | WaveLab 9| Absolute 2 |
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Re: Cubase & UR824 Making 'Tinny' Audio Tracks

Post by MoBuc515 »

:o Update, I think I found the solution but I still don't know for sure why the problem existed.

:geek: Solution:
  • Removed a Unbalanced-to-Balance Line Level Converter on the Audio Cables Btw the KBs and the UR824;
  • Turn-On (depress) the "Pad" buttons on the UR824 Line/Mic Inputs being used by these KBs.


This seems to be all that was needed. I don't know if the Converter was buggy, or using Balanced Cables (Converter exported the Unbalance as Balance signal) was not compatible (UR824 manual ONLY specifies Unbalance when using Hi-Z which I was not!), or failing to use the "Pad" button. (I am NOT sure when to use the "Pad" button.)

Also, I've been using Cubase since 7.x and a Tascam 1800USB but until now, always recorded MIDI only. So, I don't know if this was always a problem or just started with my Cubase 9 & UR824.
- MoBuc515
|=====================================================================|
| PC AMD 8350 8-Core CPU | ASUS 990FX Gen3 R2.0 MoBo|AMD 7990 3GB GPU|
| 10K RPM C: 500GB Hdd | 7.2K RPM D: 1 TB Hdd | 7.2K RPM 2TB USB Media/Plugin Hdd |
| 32GB G-SKILL RAM | Steinburg UR824 audio interface | Mackie MCU 8 Control |
| M-Audio Pro 88 Keys KB/MIDI Controller | Yamaha PSR-S975 KB/WkSt |
| MS Win 7 64-Bit Pro | Cubase 10 Pro | WaveLab 9| Absolute 2 |
|=====================================================================|

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