Hey, to anyone reading this, if there is anyone. I'm new to forum boards and I kind of need some assistance, (of course). I recently, (a month ago?), purchased Audition CS6 and also purchased an M-Audio Fast Track Pro. I'm trying to record vocals on a laptop. I tried to set this up on my own and with manual assistance and I have made little to no progress. Main issue is I only hear recordings/audio through the left headphone. If someone could, for lack of a better term, baby-step me into setting this up, I'd appreciate it.
If you are just using one microphone then this is correct if you are recording to a stereo track. Normally for a mono mic you should record to a mono track. Then it will appear to be played back on both outputs or, if you are in Multitrack view, wherever you set the track Panpot to.
You should have the option to select either stereo from the Fastrack, usually designated 01S, or be able to select 01M or 02M for individual mono feeds into Audition.
Exactly as Ryclark says, with the addition that, if my memory of the Fast Track Pro is accurate, from the control panel you can select whether to put the stereo outputs at the top or bottom of the list to speed the selection for future sessions.
Thank you two, but when you mean control panel, do you mean the control panel of Audition, the M-Audio Control Panel, or the Windows Control Panel?
Also, in the back of the interface, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to add RCA Cables to the Insert Section and plug it into my Speaker jack (in the front).
Due to the messy handling of Audio in Windows, you may need all three.
You don't say what version of Windows you have but if it's Vista or Windows 7 you may need to go to the Audio Control section of the Windows control panel to make sure it's displaying the M Audio on both the Playback and Recording screens. If they're not, click on the white area and tick Display Disable Device and Display Disconnected Devices. Select the M Audio as the device to use. (You may find all this is okay but worth a check).
In Audition, go to the Edit/Preferences/Audio Hardware menu and select ASIO as the Device Class and the M Audio as the Device to use.
Finally, the M Audio Control panel will let you select which channels to use and also the channels to use as default (i.e. at the top of the screen).
As for the insert section, those are to add outboard processors (like compressors) to the first two inputs on the M Audio (and they take special TRS jacks...one TRS to two TS jacks). The RCA/Phono and the TRS output jacks can either be used to feed your monitor speakers. FYI, there are also RCA jacks for digital but you can ignore these unless you need them.
I have Windows 7, sorry for not being clear.
In the Audio Control section, the default playback device is Line 1/2 (M-Audio FastTrack Pro). The default recording device is also Line 1/2 (M-Audio FastTrack Pro), but there is another FastTrack Pro option, Line 3/4. Not sure what to do with that one.
In Audition, the Device Class is infact ASIO, and the device itself is M-Audio USB ASIO. Sample rate is 44.1kHz, I/O buffer size is 512 samples.
In the M-Audio section, I can not change anything. In Bandwidth>Channels Balanced input 1 and 2 are checked. Sample rate is 44.1kHz.
I've got an XLR from the mic to the interface, the interface is in the laptop via USB. I'm getting the feeling I'm missing something..am I?
Your set-up for the Fast Track is correct.
You are only recording a single channel and you are presumably plugging in the mic into input 1 on the Fast Track. You are then arming Audition to record a STEREO track, not a MONO track, thus you are only hearing the left channel because you only recorded the left channel. When recording a single microphone on the Fast Track, have Audition record only a MONO track. To record a MONO waveform, open Audition and in the upper lefthand corner click on Waveform. A window will open called New Audio File. You will see different parameters to be selected. Audition defaults to STEREO channels. Change this to MONO and hit OK. You have now armed Audition to record a MONO file.
If you have already recorded a take that you like, but wish it to be MONO rather than STEREO, then you can open that track in Edit View. You should see that your waveform has two tracks, with your recording on the Left (top) section and nothing on the Right (bottom) section. Go up to the Menu Bar at the top of the window, select Edit, then in the Edit Menu select Convert Sample. In the Convert Sample Type window, you will see a Presets dropdown menu at the top. Open that and select Convert to Mono (Average). Now, before you click on OK you must go to the Channels section in the middle of the window and click on the little white triangle next to Advanced. You will see percentages for Left and Right. Make the Left 100% and the Right 0%. Then click OK at the bottom of the window and your waveform will now be a MONO waveform.