Quartet: Setup

Not getting sound/no input or output from Quartet

Please go through these steps to ensure that everything is set up properly:

 

 

Setting up Quartet’s inputs:

 

 

Mics

 

Connect your Mic using only an XLR cable (no 1/4″ adapters or cables) to the XLR input jacks 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the rear of Quartet.

Launch ‘Apogee Maestro’ from your Applications folder, go to the ‘Input’ tab and set the ‘Analog Level’ drop-down menu for whichever input you’re using to ‘Mic’.

If you’re using a condenser mic that requires phantom power, engage the ’48’ button on the input you’re using.

Gradually bring the input level in Maestro up until you get a good level from your input source. Make sure the meter isn’t going into the red.

 

 

Guitars, Basses, Keyboards, Hi-Z Mics that have 1/4″ cables, such as harmonica mics:

 

Connect your Instrument using only a 1/4″ instrument cable to the 1/4″  input jacks for input 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the rear of Quartet (the 1/4″ jacks on the XLR combo jacks).

Launch ‘Apogee Maestro’ from your Applications folder, go to the ‘Input’ tab and ‘Analog Level’ drop-down menu for whichever input you’re using to ‘Instrument’.

Gradually bring the input level in Maestro up until you get a good level from your input source. Make sure the meter isn’t going into the red.

 

 

Sending Line-Level audio to Quartet and bypassing Quartett’s mic-pres

 

Connect the output from your line-level piece of gear (such as a compressor or external mic-pre) to the XLR input jacks 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the rear of Quartet. If your device only has 1/4″ outputs, you will need to use balanced 1/4″ to male XLR cables. You can’t use the 1/4″ input jacks on Quartet, as they are only used for guitars/basses/keyboards.

Launch ‘Apogee Maestro’ from your Applications folder, go to the ‘Input’ tab and ‘Analog Level’ drop-down menu for whichever input you’re using to ‘+4dBu’ (for use with professional audio gear) or ‘-10dBv’ (for use with consumer audio gear).

 

 

Setting up Quartet’s outputs:

 

 

Using Quartet with DAW or audio playback software:

 

– Launch ‘Apogee Maestro’ from your Applications folder, go to the ‘Output Routing’ tab click ‘Reset Routing’.

– Confirm that the mute or dim buttons aren’t engaged in Maestro’s output tab.

 

 

Using Quartet without any software- input directly to output:

 

– Launch ‘Apogee Maestro’ from your Applications folder, go to the ‘Output Routing’ tab and route the Hardware Outputs Line 1/2 and the Headphone outputs so that they are both set to ‘Mixer’ in the routing grid. Click on the routing grid markers to move them so that Line 1/2 and Headphones are routed to ‘Mixer’.

– Confirm that the mute or dim buttons aren’t engaged in Maestro’s output tab.

What happens when I receive a call while recording with my Apogee interface?

Monitoring and recording is interrupted in Apple GarageBand and other Audio Apps from the ONE for iPad & Mac, Duet for iPad & Mac, Quartet, JAM, JAM96k, MiC, or MiC96k when a call is received. Once the call has ended or declined monitoring and recording is resumed.

Unless calls are more important than creativity? It is recommended that in the iPhone> Settings Do Not Disturb is turned On. This will prevent a call from interrupting that perfect take or inspired performance.

iPhone Settings

The iOS cable won’t stay connected to my iPhone or iPad

If you have a case on your iPhone or iPad, it may be obstructing the iOS connector from being inserted into the jack all the way. Please remove the case or cover to verify if this is the cause.

If you do not have a case or cover on your iPhone or iPad and the cable won’t stay connected, then there may be a problem with the iPhone or iPad, the Apogee product, or the cable. Please contact the Apogee Support Department to further troubleshoot the issue.

http://www.apogeedigital.com/support/contact-support

No input in Auria

If you are not able to get input in to Auria, follow these steps:

 

– On your iDevice, go to ‘Settings’.

– In the Settings page, go to ‘Privacy’.

– Select ‘Microphone’.

– Find Auria in the list and enable the switch next to it.

 

 

 

How to hear input in Garageband for iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

If you can’t hear your input signal when using the Garageband app on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, then you will need to enable the Monitor feature of the app. This feature is located in the Input Settings menu as shown in this video:

http://youtu.be/eZpFcjjv6u4?t=1m19s

 

This setting is especially important for guitar players as using Garageband’s Monitor feature enables you to hear the guitar effects built into the program. Because of this fact, this method is much preferred over utilizing the hardware monitoring feature of the Maestro app.

For more information on Apogee audio interfaces for iPad/iPhone and tutorials, check out our video page at www.apogeedigital.com/videos

Keyboard Volume Control: Selecting Speaker or Headphone

Use the following procedure to select whether the Mac keyboard volume buttons control the level of your Apogee interface’s headphone level, or speaker level:

  1.  Launch Maestro 2 and go to the System Setup tab.
  2. Under Keyboard Volume Control, select your desired output in the drop-down menu- Speaker, Headphone
Symphony I/O
Duet iOS, Duet II, Quartet

Gain Staging – How to set proper levels with your Apogee product and recording software

Use the following steps to set input and output levels on your Apogee interface. 

Before launching your recording software:

1. Turn down the speaker/headphone output level of your Apogee interface.

2. Connect your audio source to your Apogee interface. Make sure to use the proper inputs.

• If you’re using a microphone, plug the microphone into the XLR input.

• If you’re using a guitar, bass, or other high impedance instruments, plug them into the 1/4″ instrument input.

• If you’re using an external mic-pre or another piece of line-level gear, use the XLR inputs.

Quick Tip: Some keyboards and synths can be plugged into either the Instrument or XLR inputs. You might have to experiment with what sounds better.
 

3. Launch Apogee Maestro and go to the input tab. Make the appropriate selection in the Analog Level drop-down menu for the input channel you are using.

• Microphone (Mic) – depending on the Apogee interface you are using, you would choose Ext Mic/Ext Mic 48v (ONE) or Mic (Duet, Quartet, Ensemble, SymphonyI/O with MicPre module). You will need to engage the 48v button for if you’re using a mic that requires phantom power.

• Instrument (Inst) – Guitar/Bass/some keyboards

• Line Level (+4dBu/-10dBV for balanced/unbalanced connections) – This setting is used when connecting external microphone preamps and other line-level gear.

NOTE: If you have the ONE, a line-input is accommodated by choosing Ext Mic and turning the input gain all the way down.
 

4. Set the input gain of your Apogee interface.

There are two ways you can adjust your input gain:

• By adjusting the input software encoder in Maestro

• By turning the physical knob (encoder) on your Apogee interface (make sure you’ve set the knob to control the input channel and not the output level. See your User’s Guide for more information on setting this).

Quick Tip: Ideally, the level in the input meter should be as high as you can get it without hitting an “over”. If you see red in the meter, you know you need to turn the input gain down. In some cases you may need to adjust the output of the audio source you are using. You may need to move your microphone closer to the sound source or further away. You may need to turn the level of your guitar or keyboard up or down.
 

Launch your recording software, create an audio track, and put the track into input or record mode. It is a good idea to leave the fader of the track you are recording and any Master Fader for the mix set at their default setting.

5. Adjust the output level of your Apogee interface.

• Gradually increase the output level of your Apogee interface so you can hear what your input source sounds like in the speakers or headphones.

• After you get the output set to a comfortable listening level, listen for any distortion in the input audio.

• If the audio sounds bad, you may have something set wrong. Go through steps 2, 3, and 4 to trouble-shoot the problem.

Note: Two common issues are that the sound is too quiet or that it’s distorted. It may be a simple case of needing to turn the input gain up and the output level down or the input gain down and the output level up.