Problem: can’t turn up the volume much on UR44 before my monitor speakers distort badly. I think it might be because of the routing of my playback sources. Let me see if I can describe this situation:
First off, here’s what I have: Gigabyte PC laptop (a pretty powerful one). Windows 10. Cubase Pro 8. UR44 interface.
When I’m not running Cubase (Pro 8), my UR44 interface doesn’t show up as a choice of playback devices. The default playback device is “Volume via HD audio”.
When I open the DAW, then one of my playback device choices is “Line (2- Steinberg UR44)”. Selecting that, and then if I play, say, a Youtube video (just the Youtube, no Cubase), that audio is now routed through my UR44 and controlled by that unit’s volume knob. If I select “Volume via HD audio,” then the Youtube audio comes through my regular computer speakers. If I select the UR44 as the playback device, and then run both Cubase audio files and a Youtube video simultaneously, I get both sounds running on top of each other. That seems wacky. If I do just run a Cubase project through my monitors and turn up the volume on the UR44 to at least get a halfway decent listening level, I get distortion.
Listening to a Cubase project using headphones plugged into the UR44 is fine. Plenty of level and no distortion. Distortion is only when playing through the monitors.
This is driving me crazy. It has been a while since using Cubase, but I don’t recall this problem back like a year ago. I haven’t changed any way things are plugged in.
Anyway, this is driving me crazy. I don’t mind mixing on headphones, but when I want to play projects for other folks, it’s a bust. Can’t turn the sound up on the monitor to a halfway decent level.
Any ideas, suggestions, possible reason and solutions would be much appreciated.