is the input set to instrument mode?
Good tip. I am still learning the Axe and didn't realize that the Input block had it's own level setting...will experiment this evening when I get home from this distracting work! I also see that in the I/O settings, I can set the input level of SPDIF/AES. That is at unity.I missed that you meant guitar to 6i6 input 1, not the returning reamped signal.
If you're adjusting to be near peaking the 6i6 input, you might need to reduce level somewhere to match what the Axe would see directly from the guitar. For example turn Input 1 block's level parameter down a bit, or a lot.
I would NOT assume this to be the case. The Axe-Fx III has an extremely high-quality signal path, not to mention an input that is specifically designed and optimized for electric guitars. The input on your 3rd party product is probably nothing special.My guitar sounds much different with this configuration than when I plug directly into the Axe FX III and use the headphone out form the Axe as well. When plugging directly into the Axe, it sounds so much more fuller, clear, louder, and direct. Using SPDIF, it sounds like it's more saturated and lower volume, and even with my Scarlet input 1 level set to almost peak. Shouldn't the quality of the signal be just as good?
Good to hear! Well, I may have to come up with an alternative method to record and re-amp with my DAW that allows me to bi-pass the Focusrite 6i6 as my guitar entry point and only use it to monitor my main output mix for mastering, mixing, producing, etc. I think I should be able to plug directly into the Axe FX III, and then have my DAW (Live) pull the output digitally via USB or SPDIF. I might have to experiment again with aggregating the Axe FX and Focusrite into a single audio device that I select in Live.I would NOT assume this to be the case. The Axe-Fx III has an extremely high-quality signal path, not to mention an input that is specifically designed and optimized for electric guitars. The input on your 3rd party product is probably nothing special.
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