New Apollo X4 Interface on the way

I’ve noticed that I don’t get as good a tone with going usb out of QC into my Mac versus verses XLR out of the QC to my Soundcraft SI impact, then using that as my interface.

It was even worse when I used the Tonex Pedal usb into the Mac.

I didn’t realize the difference until I found some older recording from where I went into the SI Impact… It was like night and day.

So now this Apollo should be even better. I’ve noticed many of my favorite Demos of the Quad Cortex were made using an Apollo….From guys like Pete Thorn and Paul over at The Studio Rats Channel on YouTube to many others.

So what interface do you use and like with the QC? Has anyone else had this issue?

Unless I am capturing a plugin etc., I use the QC as my main USB audio interface to take advantage of the routing and I/O as well as lower latency etc.

Dang now you have me thinking about how to capture plug-in!

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Using your interface, you would capture the tone from the plugin(s) out of your interface into QC following normal capture process. Gain staging is important, avoid digital clipping but otherwise its the same as capturing an amp and or pedal.

I’m dying over here trying to figure out how to route my signal chain to use my Hi-Z instrument input on my Apollo x4 and route my signals via hardware I/O between my Apollo and QC so I can create captures of my plugins. If ANYONE has successfully managed to create Neural Captures of their plugins using the Apollo, QC, and Logic Pro, please let me know how in the world you did it!

I’m using Protools, and I’m not very good at it lol… I’m sure I will be tackling the same issue.

Just go capture out into the Hi-z, dial in your sound then take line out from your X4 into Input 2… same as capturing a pedal or amp?

I’ve done it with that chain except my interface is a Slate VRS8. Pretty much same advice as JT2501- cables depend on your I/O jacks on the interface, but otherwise just like capturing a pedal. Only variable might be that the UA stuff often has proprietary limitations on the interface vs other gear

You’re going thru a DAW, or trying for the standalone plug-ins?

My advice would be to just have it open as a standalone. Anything you capture into the QC should be mono so turn off all the delays and reverbs and all that…. Make sure mics in the IR section are panned central and then if your line out from UA isn’t working, just unplug one of your speaker outputs and go from there. Turn other speaker off so you don’t hear the profiling noises