Recording Into Logic with the MOTU 828mrkIII
1- Make sure the Mixer, MOTU 828, Speakers, and Computer are all turned on.
2- Make sure the USB cable going from the black box (MOTU 828) is connected to the computer.
3- Plug a microphone into either Mic Input 1 to Mic Input 2 on the 828
4- If using a condenser microphone, make sure you turn on Phantom Power. PUSH and HOLD the Trim button repeatedly, until the light with the 48v label turns RED.
5- Make sure the PAD lights are off. If they are GREEN, PUSH and HOLD the Trim button a few times more until they dissappear (but the 48v must still be RED).
6- In logic, go to the preferences and choose "MOTU 828 Hybrid" as the Input and Output device
7- Create a new track and select "Input 1" or "input 2", depending on where you plugged in your mic.
8- Make sure the Main Fader (labeled "Front Speakers") on the mixer is completely down. Make sure, however, that the faders on the mixer labeled "MOTU 828 Main L-R" are between -10dB and "U" (see "Multi-Channel Audio" section on website for more about outputs).
9- Press the "record enable" button - it will turn red and start to blink. You should now see some activity on meters of the track.
10- SET YOUR LEVELS! Look at the meters and adjust the Trim dial on the MOTU 828 until the loudest parts of what you're trying to record hits about -6dB. Avoid clipping as much as possible (i.e., you should never see the top of the meters turn red).
11- Record a test sound - Press the record button. Once done, press stop or spacebar.
12- Listen to your test. Bring the Main Fader (labeled "Front Speakers") on the mixer up to about -10db. Bring the playhead to the beginning of your clip, and press spacebar. You should hear your test recording. Ask yourself the following questions:
Is there too much/too little room sound?
Is the sound "natural" (i.e., like it sounds to your ears), or is it more focused on a particular frequency range?
Adjust the mic placement and levels accordingly.
IMPORTANT: if your recording is very quiet, DO NOT simply raise the faders on the mixer. You MUST raise the trim on the MOTU and re-record.
13- Repeat steps 8-12 until you are satisfied with the sound and then record your source.