My first go round with the unit has been an interesting one. I went through a bunch of user patches, and put a ton of the patches I liked on the 11R. After playing it for a little while, I noticed that I was hearing 2 notes for every note that I hit. The initial note immediately as soon as I hit it, and another note a few milliseconds behind it.
It was driving me crazy. So, I was on a mission to diagnose it.
My current setup is pretty simple:
Eleven Rack -> Focusrite 18i6 box ( via XLR )
Focusrite 18i6 box -> Computer (via USB)
Eleven Rack -> Computer (via USB)
My first thought was that it was the Eleven Rack going into the computer, so I looked at the settings and nothing jumped out at me. So, I unplugged the 11R from the computer and the ghost note was still there.
Next, I thought it was the computer settings for XLR channel of the Focusrite. Each input on the Focusrite has a “Listen to this device” checkbox. If you want to hear it play from the output, you check the box. But, the box was unchecked. Now I was getting a little frustrated with figuring this out.
I then turned off the computer to make sure the computer settings were the cause, and it definitely was the cause.
Next went into the Focusrite Scarlette Mix Control software and played with some settings. Still no solution. I figured I would take a break and walk away from it. After about 5 minutes away from the problem, it hit me. I didn’t look to see if the general output of the Focusrite was set to “Listen to this device”. So, I checked, and of course it was checked. I unchecked it and the problem was solved. I was hearing the zero latency note and the 5 millisecond note from the box to the computer and back.
Now comes the new problem. Since the sounds were essentially doubled, they sounded really fat, so I manually tweaked them to sound good. Now most of them sounded “tinny” because of my changes.
So, now I have to re-check all those original user patches and see how they really sound, now that the doubling is gone. So, I’m back the square one. The patches that I took some much time to tweak are a complete loss. It was a complete waste of time. Maybe not, because I got my feet wet in learning how to make a patch sound good for you. Hopefully, I wont need to tweak the original patches. We’ll see. So far, it’s been a frustrating, but exciting and fun ride.