Yeah, definite confusion. This is what the UR44 manual says, concerning all DAWs, other than Cubase.
Programs Other Than Cubase Series
1. > Launch your DAW software.
2. > Open dspMixFx UR44. For instructions on how to open dspMixFx UR44, refer to the section “How to Open the Window”
3. > Adjust the input signal level of the microphone with the [INPUT GAIN] knob on the device. To achieve optimum recording levels, increase the input level with the [INPUT GAIN] knob until the [PEAK] indicator lights in red, then slowly bring the level down until the indicato r lights slightly when the input level is maximum.
4. > Adjust the output signal level of the headphone with the [PHONES] knob on the device.
5. > Set the Channel Strip settings and REV-X settings on dspMixFx UR44.
6. > Start recording on your DAW software.
7. After finishing recording, stop it.
8. > Playback the newly recorded sound to check it. For more detailed instruct ions on using the DAW software, refer to your particular.
You can see where this gets confusing. The area of the manual that explains the input fader, says the fader “Adjusts the input level (for the channel)”. It needs a paragraph explaining that when recording and monitoring in a DAW, the input channels should be faded down if you don’t want to hear the direct input while monitoring. Faded up if you want the headphone output with zero latency for voice talent.
There’s just a missing conceptual link there, because the manual seems to be directed only toward Cubase users. As if non-Cubase users found this device by accident. As if there would be only the tiniest number of exemptions from the UR44-Cubase standard. You get a free Cubase AI, why are you using this incredible AD interface with anything else? That could be coupled with If you have other DAW software, we assume you’ve been using it for awhile.
If you’re building a system and starting with a new DAW you’re unfamiliar with, at the same time you install the AD Interface, that’s where the manual has a problem. It doesn’t need to explain every DAW, just a paragraph with three sentences or so, that just close some conceptual gaps.