An Open Source Digital Audio Workstation Setup


Hardware Connections

Studio Monitors Setup

Connect the Studio Monitors to the External Sound Card using two TRS to XLR cables. These cables are different to regular guitar TS cables as the Jack that connects to the sound card has an additional ring (TRS = Tip, Ring, Sleeve).
iAlthough it is possible to use unbalanced cables it is not recommended. Using unbalanced cables may sometimes result in a persistent humming sound which will interfere with your recordings.

Guitar Setup

The guitar should be connected to the soundcard interface through a TS cable. No amplification is necessary as long as your soundcard has a line-level instrument input,
However if you do wish to use an amplifier and send the signal from the amplifier to the soundcard it is recommended that you use one of the other inputs.

iThe "instrument" input as it is labeled on many different sound cards is intended for use with line-level instruments.

MIDI Drum Machine Setup

If you would like to record midi data from your midi device and send midi data from your computer to your midi device, you will require two midi cables which should be connected to your SoundCard as indicated in the illustration below.

Including Drums in the Mix

The midi cables setup demonstrated above provides a means of sending data to a drum machine from a software program and also a means of receiving midi data from the drum machine so that this data can be edited on a computer. In order to hear the sounds that the midi data is used to trigger on the drum machine,
Connect the drum machines left and right outputs to channel 1 and 2 on your soundcard.

These signals can now be included in the main mix, and subsequently both midi and audio and be edited on a computer.