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ASIO settings for POD HD

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I've decided to try some home recording with my HD500 and found it a bit confusing - and as such, I'm wondering if I'm actually doing it right.

 

First things first - I'm using Windows 7, and the POD is connected via the USB cable to my PC with the latest drivers installed. Once the POD is powered on, a new playback and recording device appears in the Windows Sound configuration window.

 

Here's the part that baffles me.
 

If I go to my recording application and select the ASIO and POD500 as the input... then NOTHING will be recorded UNTIL I select the POD HD500 recording device as the default recording device in Windows Sound configuration.

 

This... doesn't make a lot of sense. I'd expect the Windows Sound configuration to be the settings for, well, Windows sounds and how the OS records and plays back audio. I'd expect a recording application to "use" what the settings for that application imply - in this case, the POD.

 

I'm using Cockos Reaper, BTW, if that makes any difference.

 

Can anyone explain what's going on?

 

PS. When accessing the L6 ASIO config, a field called "ASIO client" says "none"... I'm guessing this is wrong, when Reaper is active and SHOULD, in theory at least, be listening to the POD...

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But you are able to record without problems, right? You're just wondering why the settings seem to have to be a certain way in order to make things work properly?

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My first recording... didn't record. I honestly don't know why, at this point.

 

But I think I see what's going on and why I was confused.

 

When Reaper's config page is opened it actually stops listening to ASIO. So when going to the L6 ASIO setup page from Reaper's config - that's why it says there's no connected client. Reaper's still listening on regular Windows channels, however, so that's why I could see the dB monitors "work" only when I've set the default recording device in Windows Sound.

 

I'll work on the settings some more.

 

On a side note - any general tips for best quality? Sample rate, Buffer size / depth?

 

EDIT for bonus question:

Also, is there a difference in quality between using ASIO and that Line6 "Digital Audio Interface" available for non-ASIO applications? Perhaps I'm over-thinking this whole ASIO thing...

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ASIO will should give you better fidelity and lower latency than the Windows sound does.

 

Lower Sample rate = lower fidelity = lower CPU = lower latency = less space used on disk

Higher buffer size = lower CPU usage = higher latency (useful if you are hearing stutters, pops, or clicks) - In general, keep this as low as possible without causing sound artifacts.

lower bit depth = lower fidelity = lower CPU = lower latency = less space used on disk

 

44100 or 48000 sample rate at 24 bit is a good place to start

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