(Searching for formatting options for quotes I have surrendered ;-). So I use
for quotes of Dunnery’s message.)
this thing is outrageously comfusing and complex.
Please don’t be angry - we will solve your problem :-).
fast track has 2 balanced ins, 2 unbalanced ins and a spdif input.
Ah - so I suppose we have something like six “system capture” things: three stereo inputs.
i dont know how to find those inputs, what they are called or what they should be changed to.
I tried to find illustrating pictures on the WWW but actually it’s hard to find pictures with more than two system capture inputs ;-). So I have made some with my own system - you can find them under the following links.
Both pictures show the same situation with an audio card that uses an ICE1712 chip.
This is the connection window of QJackCtl:
This is the Patchage window:
Just choose the one which you like better :-).
As you can see on the left of the pictures, the system has twelve captures, that means six stereo captures. When I set up an Ardour project and (for example) a stereo audio track I get an automatic connection to system capture 1 and 2. Let’s say it’s the unbalanced RCA input for line level.
But (for example) I want a connection to the digital coaxial input. I have no idea to which numbers this input belongs. So I set up a connection from an external unit (a CD player or a DAT tape) to this coaxial input and make sure that JACK receives the signal.
Now I either arm Ardour’s audio track for recording and start to record or set the level meter of this track to “in” (to set the meter just to the input of the channel strip).
And now I connect one input after the other to the audio track - to check it out. One channel is enough, to get faster results (i.e. system capture 3, 5, 7, 9, 11). As soon as the level meter starts to move, I have found the right input. In this case it is No. 11. Now I disconnect the other ones and connect No. 12 for second channel.
And that’s it.
if this is the case then how do i know what jack calls these inputs?
You will have to check it out on your individual system - unfortunately. But hey, I guess there are problems in pc world which are more difficult to solve, right?
The easiest thing is to connect each of your system inputs with a signal source with different signals and find out (as described above) which “system captures” belong to which signal/source/system input. With only three stereo inputs you will find out rather fast :-).
does anyone out there know what the ardour inputs defaults to?
It might depend on which audio card you use - and there are not very few of them…