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Title: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Iceheart on April 01, 2018, 12:03:38 pm
Hello,

First of all just want to say I was a member here around 10 years ago when I was a beginner and Justin been an amazing teacher. I'm glad he is still relevant as a teacher on youtube and here. Amazing man! (I just forgot my old account name so I had to create a new one). I remember this forum was very active and friendly so hopefully there is still, as I got some more stupid questions :D

So this is what I wonder, I normally play Guitar -> Line 6 UX2 soundcard -> Podfarm 2.5 software. But now I bought a loop pedal, Boss RC-30, which is good and working fine, no delay etc. I connect it like this:

Guitar -> Loop pedal -> UX2 -> Podfarm 2.5 software.

The problem is, if I play something, 4 chords and loop it on clean sound. Then want to solo over it with dist, I can't change. And I've understood why. So I might buy a distortion pedal to put before the looper

Guitar -> Dist pedal -> Looper -> UX2 -> Podfarm 2.5 Software.

MY QUESTION: If I choose sounds on my Podfarm, then want to add distortion on it through the pedal. Will it replace ALL the sounds form Podfarm and put distortion? Or will it mix together with the podfarm?

Same question with dist pedal, connecting to an amp. And then changing amp but having the same distortion, will it be different sound? For instance if you have reverb on the amp etc, will it stay?


And my other question is, is there a way to solve my sound problem with the looper without a distortion pedal? I have ALL the sounds I want in podfarm, but I can't change for each layer/track on the loop pedal.. If I change for Layer 2, Layer 1 which already is looping as I want with clean sound will change to whatever I change..
Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Majik on April 01, 2018, 02:52:37 pm
Try putting the looper at the end of the chain.

Cheers,

Keith

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Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Styrr on April 01, 2018, 06:00:17 pm
Majik
sound advice, but in this case it's a no go. The Pod farm is on the computer. The UX2 is just the interface from the guitar (ADC) into the software then back out to monitors/headphones (DAC). The other use is of course into a DAW, but then he wouldn't need a looper.
On second thoughts it may just be possible to connect the looper from the output of the UX2 and then into the monitors/headphones. Not sure if the line levels are right. but it MAY be possible. If so; problem solved.

Otherwise to answer the other questions

MY QUESTION: If I choose sounds on my Podfarm, then want to add distortion on it through the pedal. Will it replace ALL the sounds form Podfarm and put distortion? Or will it mix together with the podfarm?

It will/should mix the distortion together with what's on the podfarm. I would be surprised if it is otherwise.

Same question with dist pedal, connecting to an amp. And then changing amp but having the same distortion, will it be different sound? For instance if you have reverb on the amp etc, will it stay?

It will be a different sound. For example if you have a clean rhythm layer 1, a distortion lead layer 2 on the looper. If you change amp models with reverb, then both layers on the looper will have that amp model with reverb.
At least that's my best guess.

Styrr
Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Iceheart on April 01, 2018, 11:58:03 pm
On second thoughts it may just be possible to connect the looper from the output of the UX2 and then into the monitors/headphones. Not sure if the line levels are right. but it MAY be possible. If so; problem solved.


I see. If a more detailed explanation of how to connect it as I'm a really newbie to this...

Guitar -> Normal input guitar UX2 -> output from UX2 (where is this one, what is it named, i'll include a picture) -> The exactly to what, you're saying "montitors/headphones"?


Is this my only option or will it work to do:

Guitar -> Distortion pedal -> Looper -> UX2 ->Podfarm (And whatever I change in Podfarm it will change in the looper except the distortion)?



Here's the picture of all inputs on UX2 back and front.

Back:
htt ps:/ /c.76. my/Malaysia/line-6[email protected]6.jpg

Front:
htt ps:/ /ww w. strumentimusicali.net/images/product/600x450/2017/06/12/fa/line6-podstudioux2-1.jpg

(Remove spaces or just google UX2)

The optimal option here would be that I can change all parts on the podfarm and the looper doesn't change with it. In this way I have hundreds effect and no need to pay extra for pedals.
Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Styrr on April 02, 2018, 04:45:54 pm
Now you’re asking my old and  worn out memory cells to perform a feat they may not be capable of doing. It’s several years since I used my UX1 device and the podfarm software is on an old un-used PC at the moment.

I have a query and an assumption.
How do you listen to what you are playing? I will assume that it is through the PC’s sound card connected to either external PC speakers or even through a HDMI cable connected to a the Display (and any speakers in that). Or it’s a laptop. This means you are using the software in standalone mode.

My use was slightly different. I used it as a interface  to get the guitar signal into a DAW (Ableton Live) and the podfarm software itself wasn’t used except as a plug-in to the DAW.  DAC’s (Digital Analogue Converters) are not necessarily equal. My internal PC soundcards DAC had too much latency and seemed to get buffered which meant listening to what I was playing was out of step. And this is where the UX1 came into play, it has its own DAC which was good enough to limit the latency to an acceptable level. All I needed to do was re-route the output from the DAW to the UX1 rather than the PCs soundcard and listen through headphones connected to the headphone socket on the front of the UX1. This was done in the DAW software. As I never used the podfarm other than as a plug in I can’t tell you whether it is possible to do this in the Podfarm.
You will have to check it out yourself. If and when I get the time I will check the manual in more detail but from a quick perusal this is what I think.
The UX1 or 2 allows monitoring. On the front right hand side is a stereo out socket labelled Headphones. On the rear right hand side are 2 sockets marked 1/L and 2/R Analogue Outs. It doesn’t say so but I assume that these are mono; which , again assuming, are connected to signal paths A and B. (Called Tone Paths in the manual).
Now for the experimenting by you. It depends on whether you have some active speakers/monitors or not.
If you have; then try attaching the input into the RC30 to the output 1/L and then the output of the RC30 into the active speakers (might work with passive ones but I don’t know). You can control the level into the Looper via the ToneDirect output knob on the top of the UX device. If that doesn’t work try socket 2/R.  If either work then problem solved. (alternative to speakers may be to use headphones on the looper output - you will only get one channel left or right)

If you rear sockets don't work then try instead of connecting the looper from the rear socket try the socket on the front marked headphones and connect the headphones to the output of the looper. Of course connecting a mono jack into a stereo socket means whether it works will depend on which way round the Left and Right Channels  are. And when you listen through the headphones you will only hear it in 1 ear.  In the manual see  6.9 A/B Switch Box which may let you route it to either A or B or Both.

As the UX and podfarm is quite flexible on  where to receive;  process; and send the signals from and to, you may have to RTFM yourself . Try starting  at 6.8 Choosing your POD Farm 2 Source inputs through to and including 6.11 ToneDirect Monitoring.
Without xfering the license from the old PC and trying myself that’s about as far as I can go ATM.

Just to be clear on the basics of looper position. The looper can only record what is input into it, i.e. any pedals etc before it and switched on. If you now add a layer and change the input source this will get added, but the old layer will still sound the same as it was.  Anything after it is irrelevant as far as the loop itself goes. So changing effects/amps after it means the ouput sound will also change (for all layers on the loop) That is why the best position for a Looper is the last point in the signal chain as you can get. In the FX loop on an amp with one or the just before the amp if not.


Styrr
Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Iceheart on April 02, 2018, 08:51:33 pm
Okey I'll correct the asumption as I do a lot different.


I use like this atm:

Guitar -> Loop pedal -> UX2 -> Podfarm.

Input in the UX2 is on the icon of the guitar with a text saying "Norm".

I use an adapter on the headphone jack, and put my headphones in it to hear what  I play. This is how I get my sound, through the UX2. So Telejacket to Aux adapter

On the back I use nothing at the moment.

So as I am very newbie, how do I connect this looper to make it last?


Guitar -> UX2 (Guitar Norm) input. -> Out from what hole? -> Looper -> In to what input? -> Podfarm

If possible, as I am very very new to this stuff, can you tell me exactly what inputs and outputs to go through?

And is this even possible to make the looper last, and is it possible without delay?

I might need to buy another cable? I only have 2.


Thanks for helping :)
Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Styrr on April 03, 2018, 05:24:35 pm
Ok,  basics first.  the guitar input goes straight into the PODfarm, it is always in that position and can’t be shifted. The output from the podfarm goes to all three ports/sockets on the UX2 --- 2 Analogue Outs marked  1/L and 2/R on the rear of the UX2 and to the headphones port/socket on the front marked with the headphones (the one you are using).  This is the default for monitoring of what the PodFarm is doing to your signal. The 2 on the rear are really for  pushing the signal to Active speakers (studio monitors)or a  PA system.

As I didn’t want to give BS advice, I dug out my old UX1 and dusted it down. Transferred the Pod farm software and license to the PC I now use. Connected it all up and did some experimentation.

The Good news.
The following should work
Guitar ->UX2(Guitar Norm)  ->  PodFarm -> Analogue Out 1L (on rear of UX2) ->input of RC30 -> output RC30 -> Headphones or Active speakers.
In fact it really doesn’t matter which of the three ports you use Analogue Out 1/L or 2/R or headphone socket. They all allow you to record on the Looper and you can mess about with the POD farm as much as you like, overdub a second layer and it won’t affect the sound of the first one. And there didn’t appear to be any delay.  Just as you required. And yes you will need another instrument cable.
Attaching the listening device to just output A of the looper will of course give you only 1 channel.

The bad news
Although it worked the signal level with headphones on the output of the looper  was audible but only just, so not really that useable. .  It worked perfectly well when, instead of the headphones, I used active speakers (some creative speakers that I use on my PC).

Having dismantled it all and put it all away again. I just realised that the looper I used (a Boss RC3) is normally used on my board into an amp. As such the loop level control is set only about a third of max. So maybe if I had it higher it would have fine with the headphones too. 
Try it with your headphones but remember to set the Output loop level higher.

Styrr
Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Majik on April 03, 2018, 06:18:19 pm
Good vibes from me for that detailed explanation!

Cheers,

Keith
Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Iceheart on April 04, 2018, 12:52:51 pm
Okey I will buy a cable and try this out! :)

Without doing anything yet. I Use Boss RC-30 and in my output it is L/Mono, so it should work with using all channels (2 channels on the looper)?


And about putting "output RC30 -> Headphones or Active speakers" how am I suppose to hear the sound

The one I use right now, Headphones will be used by the looper now if I connect looper->Headphones? I need to use that one to be able to hear what I play, that is how the Podfarm software works.

How do I solve this?

Edit: I read your post again and I see I have Aux IN on the looper, is this what you mean? That I use this instead to hear? Reason I ask before buying and trying it outmyself is that I don't wanna buy before I am 100% sure what to do so I don't buy xx--xx stuff I can't return.
Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Styrr on April 04, 2018, 04:09:41 pm

NO the Aux In on your Looper is an input not an output; for example a MP3 player.

Connect your headphones to the looper socket marked output L/mono. And listen with them.
Make sure that the output track 1 or 2 is set high. Those are sliders on the looper top.
I missed the fact that you have 2 cables and for some reason you thought you would need another, but you don't -- 1 guitar to UX2 and 1 from UX2 to RC30. So no need to spend any more cash. Get trying it!

To be clear:- If you use it any other way then you won't hear what's ON/COMING OUT of  the looper . only what's going INTO the looper from the podfarm. Which rather defeats the point of it all.

There's still no guarantee that the audio level using headphones in this way is going to be acceptable.
You may still need to get some active speakers to get the best of out it.

And let's not get into whether you want using both channels on the looper YET. just use L/mono (IN and OUT) and get that working first.

Styrr

Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Iceheart on April 04, 2018, 07:02:33 pm
Okey so I have tried everything now, and I bought another cable.


So this is how I do it now:


Guitar -> UX2

UX2 (Analog OUTS 1/L) -> RC-30 (Input L/Mono)

RC-30 (L/Output) -> UX2 (Stereo Monitor IN)


Works now, but with 2  problems, 1 of them is major problem:


The Stereo Monitor IN input, if I push the cable all the way in I only hear from left side on my headphones. If I push it almost in (just a part of it) I hear from both = Problem solved

The major problem:
If I play something, clean sound rythm, record it and it's looping now perfectly.

AND then when I play lead over it, it records the lead guitar + the clean sound.

So basically it is: "Clean sound x2" + "lead guitar".

So on my third layer it is

"Clean sound x3 + lead guitar x2 + whatever I am playing now" etc

So it gets overlayed. It sounds xx--xx in the end. Nothing I can do about this? I just wasted money on a cable, 20 dollars, instead of buying a distortion amp for 60 dollars lol.

Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Styrr on April 05, 2018, 06:28:06 pm
No, just NO

Whilst it’s admirable that you are  confident enough  to do your own experimentation; have you yet followed my suggestion ?
Remove the cable that goes from the loopers output into the Stereo Monitor In socket on the UX device. Now take the headphones out of wherever you have them and stick them into the output socket of the looper (the one you have just removed the cable from) and Listen with them there.

That Stereo Monitor In is exactly that - an input into the Podfarm via the UX2 device. So of course you are getting the results you said. You are looping the Loop :) The original rhythm guitar loop is going back into the looper via the Podfarm  and being re-recorded along with the lead you are playing when you overdub (and along with the new PodFarm settings). And so on.
While this may be a new and exciting way to get a tone, it’s not what you originally required.

Guitars etc. are mono devices. In others words 1 Signal channel; they do not automatically send in stereo. Look at the jackplug on the instrument cable. It only has 2 wires and only needs  2 connections , called, Tip and Sleeve (a TS jackplug). Therefore it’s only 1 signal channel. Now look at the stereo  jackplug of the headphones; it has has 3 wires and 3 connections, called, Tip; Ring and Sleeve (a TRS jackplug).  They have  an insulation layer between each. This gives the ability for 2 channels (left and Right) the Sleeve acts like a ground;  one signal is via Tip - Sleeve the other Ring –Sleeve pushing the different signals to your ears.
 When you have a Mono set up, which is what you have, the only way to get Left and Right is to have the tip also connected to the Ring. That, I suspect, is what is happening when you don’t quite push the jack fully in.

Incidentally; this is what is happens if you had an Amp with a headphone socket. You are hearing the same signal in both ears and it isn’t truly stereo. It can’t be; because the Amp is essentially a mono device.

If you do as I suggested then the signal is a mono signal, so will only be heard in 1 ear (left most likely). This is a little distracting and certainly not how you are used to hearing music. The only way to rectify this is to somehow to get that Tip and Ring connected together.
Or instead of using headphones, use: Active speaker(s) ; Studio monitor; or a PA.  It will still be mono, but both ears will hear the same thing.

The two bits of kit you have (both the UX device and Looper) are very flexible and can be used to process and record in Stereo BUT I am not going there.

BTW that extra cable you now have will be useful at some point and you would have needed a patch cable anyway if you bought the distortion pedal

Styrr
Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Iceheart on April 06, 2018, 04:02:46 pm
Did I mention I love you? :)))


It works now! The only "major" problem I have now as you mention, is that I hear it only on the left side of my headphones with xx--xx sound.


So as I want to use my headphones and get better sound, how can I solve this without buying a lot of stuff?



Also mentionable is that the output of RC-30, where I put my headphones right now, is the input that "turns on" the RC-30, which is battery driven. (I know I can buy an adapter, but that cost 60 dollars lol)


I know I put the output to Stereo, which made that problem... But if I can put output from looper (where the headphones are right now) to some device that is not UX2, and then put my headphones in it? Do you know some cheap devices like that? That increase the quality of the sound in my headphones...

(Gave you good vibes, for solving my problem and being so patient with me. You deserve a hug aswell)


Edit:

So what I am thinking aswell. My "experiment" (That was "No, just NO") solved the sound problem but created the major problem of recording itself over and over...  What I am thinking is it possible to get the sound from the looper to the UX2, without it recording it? Like put it in a specific channel in the interface? Or is this literally impossible? I can for instance put that extra cable in that output just to turn it on, the put my headphones back to Phones in UX2, and get that good quality sound. But ofcourse I will not hear the looper at all. So the optimal here is to get it back to the UX2 without recording itself while doing so.

Or as mentioned before, an adapter that convert the sound to better quality......

If you do as I suggested then the signal is a mono signal, so will only be heard in 1 ear (left most likely). This is a little distracting and certainly not how you are used to hearing music. The only way to rectify this is to somehow to get that Tip and Ring connected together.
Or instead of using headphones, use: Active speaker(s) ; Studio monitor; or a PA.  It will still be mono, but both ears will hear the same thing.
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It's not nearly as good quality as the UX2, and I can't record anything from the looper this way, right? I must put it back to the UX2 to get it to record...

Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Majik on April 06, 2018, 04:20:30 pm
For the output, you need something like this:

https://www.radioshack.com/products/radioshack-1-8-stereo-jack-to-1-4-mono-plug-adapter#.VstnrDu6EAM.mailto

Cheers,

Keith
Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Iceheart on April 06, 2018, 04:24:49 pm
Majik I do have one of those for my headphones, but it doesn't help. The quality from the looper is xx--xx.

If I do as I did before, Output from looper to Stereo IN in UX2 I get better quality... But then it will  record everything it hears.. So my question is if I can somehow get the sound from the looper back to the computer without it recording it...

Maybe if I put that adapter that Majik sent, then buy an Aux adapter that is inserted in it, then also inserted in the computer? In that way the looper only record from the UX2, and not the stuff it hears from the computer?



EDIT


I noticed now that it records all sounds from the computer... Even stuff not recorded from the UX2.

If I watch my Podfarm software, when I play music from Youtube the "meters of sound level" doesn't change. It doesn't get affected. But if I play on my guitar it goes up high showing sounds is playing.


So I think all my problems would be solved if the looper ONLY recorded as the Podfarm, and not all sounds from the computer. Is this possible? Because then I can use Stereo IN without it recording it.
Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Styrr on April 06, 2018, 06:39:38 pm
1) No I don't think there is any way of getting the looper output back into the Pc via the UX2 device without re-recording.

2) The Line 6 USB interface loaded when you plug in the USB cable takes over the PCs sound system. So it's highly likely that any other sound is going to be audible on the UX2. My problem was the other way round - if I forgot to unplug the USB cable - I got no sound on my PCs speakers. Not sure if you can prevent this sound 'bleed' so best just using the Podfarm by itself - no other apps running.

3) Is your 3.5mm Stereo to 1/4" Mono or  3.5mm Stereo to 1/4" Stereo ?  Stereo plugs have 3 connections, Mono plugs just 2. To see what I mean look at the jack on the Headphones and then at the jack on the instrument cable. If the adapter has a 1/4" mono and you only getting it in one ear then there is nothing you can do short of making your own short cable and wiring 2 female sockets. if the adapters 1/4" jack is stereo Then Maybe a mono will do it. I have checked online and can't find any adapter/convertor/cable that explicitly rectifies this problem. Plenty the other way round tho.

4) The signal out from the looper is at a line level i.e. design to go back into the power stage of an amp to get amplified. you can probably get it slightly higher by making sure that you have the output sliders on the top of the looper are on max ( and the tone direct knob on the UX2 is on max). This still might not be the best sound as the impedance of the headphones is probably wrong anyway.
I hate to tell you to buy something more but getting a cheap set of PC speakers may be your best route.
It still won't be audible in both speakers, but at least you should be able to get the Voume high enough to be usable.

Other than those points,  I am probably at limit of any advice I can give. Sorry.

Forgot to mention that Yes, when you plug in anything on the output socket on the looper it acts like a switch and will start using the batteries. Always remove that plug, otherwise bye bye batteries. As I learnt to my cost this is same on loads of pedals.

Styrr


Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Majik on April 06, 2018, 08:23:08 pm
Tl;dr: it doesn't look like you can do it by feeding the output of the looper back into the PC.

I offer the following analysis with the caveat I don't know that much about the UX2, and couldn't find much definitive information about it's architecture and capabilities online, so some of this is based on
my knowledge of other USB audio devices. Hopefully this are some use, if not to you then to someone else.

It is typical that USB audio devices will take over all the audio duties (playback and capture) of the PC when selected. There are ways around this but, most typically, the default configuration is that only one audio device is active at a time.

The other thing to note is that, typically, capture channels tend to be treated as individual mono channels, whilst playback channels are usually paired up as left/right stereo pairs. Again this can often be changed, but that tends to be the default.

I couldn't verify how many simultaneous capture/playback channels the UX2 supported. From the product spec it looked like there might be 4 capture channels, which would have been promising, but with further analysis it looks like it has 2 in (capture) and 2 out (playback).

Looking at the Pod Farm manual, in "single tone mode" it looks you can select the mic and line inputs as either individual mono inputs, or combined stereo. In "dual tone mode" you can only select each input as a mono source.

This makes sense if the device only supports 2 capture channels.

Also, the ToneDirect feature pushes the output from the Pod Farm back out to the device as a stereo pair, which (if my analysis is correct) means it's using up both of the available playback channels.

So, in conclusion, the UX2 almost certainly has not got enough channels to feed the output of the looper into it as you are trying to do.

Regarding the adapter, I would agree with Styrr that you should check it's really the correct type of adapter, as there's lots of similar looking adapters available that do different things. If the audio sounds OK (other than being only on one side) with the headphones plugged in, but sounds distorted with the adapter, then it's probably not a mono to stereo adapter.

As Styrr suggests, some cheap PC monitor speakers might be best.

If you already have PC speakers, you could try connecting them to the looper instead of your PC. It's worth checking as some PC speakers have two inputs, so you might be able to plug both in at once. If your PC or laptop has built in audio, it might also be possible to connect the looper output to that, although you may have to do some messing around with your audio setup to be able to hear it.

If you connect the looper output to PC speakers or to a PC audio "line-in", that's normally a stereo input, so you'll still need the mono to stereo adapter.

Cheers,

Keith

Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Iceheart on April 07, 2018, 01:00:36 pm
I am not certain what kind of adapter it is, but all I know it works fine when I put it on UX2 headphones output and put my headphones in it. I hear from both sides.

It's just the looper giving from 1 ear. What I am thinking is that maybe the Analouge IN (in the ux2) is the reason the looper only get one ear. If not then it is the looper. Because if I push it in "Stereo IN" I get 1 ear. If I push my headphones I get 1 ear. The quality of the sound in the looper is not so good either compared to what UX2 is creating.


In my PodFarm I have an option of choosing "Instrument" as "Tone A" and "Microphone" as "Tone B" etc.

and when I start Cubase and record, I make sure it records only Tone A. And even if I play a song on youtube, let's say a backing track. And record my guitar soloing it over. It only records the guitar soloing, and not what the PC hears. I wish the looper could do the same, is this no way possible?


And about unplugging the UX1 for getting other sound from the PC is not necessarry. In your volume settings, you can choose "output source", and choose what should be active. I never unplug my ux2 and I use my PC sound when I do not play the guitar.
Title: Re: Using pedals for the first time
Post by: Majik on April 07, 2018, 03:48:56 pm
I am not certain what kind of adapter it is, but all I know it works fine when I put it on UX2 headphones output and put my headphones in it. I hear from both sides.

That's because it's probably a stereo 1/4in jack to stereo 1/8in adapter.

For the avoidance of doubt: THIS IS THE WRONG TYPE OF ADAPTER

You specifically need a mono 1/4in jack to stereo 1/8in adapter. No other adapter will work properly, even if it looks similar. If the adapter you have is stereo to stereo, then it is the wrong type and it will not work.

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It's just the looper giving from 1 ear.

... because it's a mono jack output, and you are trying to listen to it on stereo headphone.

You need a mono to stereo adapter!

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What I am thinking is that maybe the Analouge IN (in the ux2) is the reason the looper only get one ear.

No, it's because you need a mono to stereo adapter.

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If not then it is the looper.

Yes, because it's a mono output, and you are trying to listen to it on stereo headphones.

You need a mono to stereo adapter.

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Because if I push it in "Stereo IN" I get 1 ear.

...because, regardless of what you do with the UX2, the output of the looper is a mono output, and you are using stereo headphones. You need a mono to stereo adapter to split the mono signal across two channels so it gets sent to both sides of the headphones.

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If I push my headphones I get 1 ear.

... because the output of the looper is on a mono jack, and your headphones are stereo, so only one side of the headphones gets connected and, thus, you only hear the audio in one ear. Guess what?

YOU NEED A MONO TO STEREO ADAPTER!!!


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The quality of the sound in the looper is not so good either compared to what UX2 is creating.

Possibly because the looper is designed to connect into an amp, and probably isn't driving the headphones properly. To fix that, you need to plug it into something which can amplify it, such as some powered speakers or a small amp and speakers.

If the amplifier or powered speakers you plug it into are stereo you will still need that mono to stereo adapter.

Alternatively, you could plug it into the line in of your PC as I suggested above. As that is a stereo input, you will still need the mono to stereo adapter.

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In my PodFarm I have an option of choosing "Instrument" as "Tone A" and "Microphone" as "Tone B" etc.

and when I start Cubase and record, I make sure it records only Tone A. And even if I play a song on youtube, let's say a backing track. And record my guitar soloing it over. It only records the guitar soloing, and not what the PC hears. I wish the looper could do the same, is this no way possible?

Not without taking the output of the looper into another audio device into the PC. You may be able to use the onboard audio device of your PC (if it has one) to do this, but that will require a lot of experimenting with audio settings and your DAW software inputs. For instance, if you connect the looper output via a mono to stereo adapter to the line in of your PC (not the UX2) you should be able to set the DAW to record the Line input instead of the UX2/Podfarm.


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And about unplugging the UX1 for getting other sound from the PC is not necessarry. In your volume settings, you can choose "output source", and choose what should be active. I never unplug my ux2 and I use my PC sound when I do not play the guitar.

If the volume settings are set to output to the normal PC sound rather than to the UX2, then you shouldn't be getting YouTube audio into the looper.

Cheers,

Keith

P.S. In case it wasn't clear: the adapter you are using is almost certainly the wrong one and will not work. You need to get a mono to stereo adapter.