I knew this was going to happen eventually, and today kinda became the day.
If you go back to all the car music posts from the last year or so, at some point I start talking about having signal flow problems. There are signal drop outs and extraneous noises and things that make takes unusable. Eventually the system I use for my personal Rolling Truck Stones Thing was going to fail. Today I only had two songs to work on and I spent a full hour on one of them, just trying to get the signal to hold together for eight or nine bars. It was so painful.
The frustration comes from not knowing where the breakdown is happening. What could it be?
- The microphone
- The connection between the mic and the mic cable
- The mic cable
- The connection between the mic cable and the USB interface
- The USB interface
- The connection between the USB interface and the USB cable
- The USB cable
- The connection between the USB cable and the USB to USB C adapter
- The USB to USB C adapter
- The connection between the USB to USB C adapter and the USB C port on the computer
Today’s issues happened in more than one USB C port, so I know it wasn’t the port. I also know it isn’t the sound card or GarageBand itself because both of those work perfectly when I’m at home and using a different USB interface. That rules out the tail end of the chain, but every other device or connection could be the culprit.
The next time I do this I am going to take a different mic, a different mic cable, a different USB cable, and a different USB adapter. If it still happens then I know the interface itself is the problem.
The upside is that I actually did get that one song finished. It probably sounds like dung, but it’s finished. So the trip was a success as far as the goal to record one song per month is concerned. It was a frustrating, painful fail as far as everything else was concerned.