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I'm having a major issue when trying to record with the USB interface.
I do have the 75W model as well, and so far my only complain is the hum. I have recorded using the USB interface on a laptop with Vista using the Ripper program (evaluation version) posted on Peavey's web site (it also comes in the included CD I believe). Once you install it, on its first run, if you are connected to the internet, it prompts you upgrade to a newer release, 2.51 I believe. I did the upgrade. You have 30 days to use the software.
These are the steps I followed:
1.- Insert USB into amp and then on PC (on first installation, drivers are installed automatically)
2.- Launch Ripper.
3.- Insert a new track.
4.- Arm the track for recording
5.- Click on Record button
I did get good sound quality recording.
Yesterday in a quick-and-dirty way I did the following:
6.- In addition to the steps above, I inserted another track in Ripper with an MP3 (Comfortably numb backing track)
7.- Recorded the first solo on the first track.2-second delay
If I monitor the recording through the PC, then there is a delay, not 2 second, but long enough to disrupt your playing. This is not uncommon in other recording softwares such as Audacity and Cakewalk. This is similar to what happens to live TV in a PVR (TiVo): is always a bit behind
In order to compensate for this:
1.- Arm the track for recording
2.- Mute the track
3.- Monitor your playing by connecting the headphones to the amp, not to the PC.
If you want to play with a backing track, or play different tracks yourself, then do this:
1.- Un-mute all "playback" tracks (all tracks except the one you are recording)
2.- Mute the track you are recording
3.- Run a cable from PC line-out to amp "aux"
4.- Connect the headphones to your amp, not to your PC.
5.- Adjust volume of backing track and guitar
6.- Monitor the VU in Ripper, you don't want to saturate the channel. Make sure it flirts with -3db. Do let it go above 0.
Play and have fun.
Now, after you've finished recording, when you playback the mix, you may still need to adjust the volume, you may also add other effects, such as reverb, phase, etc, but most importantly, the tracks will be out of sync.
You need now to slightly move the tracks to sync them all to the down beat or back beat, or whatever you decide. The difference is typically minor (less than half a second). This is typical of all recording softwares I've used
Try with Ripper. I have not tried revalver. Maybe the problem if with the software settings. Is the gain too high? Recording level too high? That may cause what you just described.
The instruction manual bundled with the CD isn't any help it doesn't even mention USB as an option for input. Other Vypyr owners seem to be having success with their USB recording.
I agree something should have been mentioned in the manual, but in fact, there's not much to talk about other than "plug into your PC's USB jack" The rest applies to the recording software. It is really plug-and-play.
Can someone please assist me with what it is I might be doing wrong?
Sure. Let me know. I have played a bit with Ripper, just for a couple of hours last night, but it seems awfully similar to Cakewalk, which I had used in the past.
You may also need to go to the control panel and adjust the input level of the "recording devices".
Hope this helps. If it doesn't, please let me know.