Can't get sound through a Focusrite 18i8 external soundcard - Live Lite 9, Windows 7


I just bought a Focusrite 18i8 external sound card and am having trouble getting it to work with Live Lite 9. I can get sound through the sound card in all the other software interfaces I use (Windows Media Player, Reaper, PureData, etc.), and can get sound out of Ableton if I route it to my computer speakers, but when I try to route sound to the Focusrite, I get nothing at all.

I am using Windows 7 on a Lenovo T61 laptop and have all the latest drivers installed. I've set Live's audio preferences to ASIO and have set up the Focusrite as Live's audio device, with the proper channels for input and output (I'm trying to get sound through the left headphone output, so channels 3/4). The meters of the track go green and seem to indicate that signal is going through, but I still get no sound...


I've tried everything from installing ASIO4ALL to reinstalling the USB port drivers on my computer and am getting extremely frustrated. Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be? I need the sound card to work with Ableton to start rehearsing a choir piece I'm composing and need help ASAP.


Thank you so much if anyone can give me a hand!




olivierstpierre 1 year ago | 0 comments

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  • Near Earth Object
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    3/4 are not the left headphone output, but a stereo pair of outputs. Make sure you select channel 3 and 4 as master output if those are the channels you connected your speakers to. When you plug your headphones into the headphone output of the Focusrite you should hear something too. It's also useful to check the routing software that comes with most Focusrite interfaces. Just to make sure it is set up corectly. Good luck!

    1 year ago | 0 comments

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