Line in issues on Maschine+ (standalone)

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Lejind
Lejind Member Posts: 4 Newcomer

Hello, I have a Maschine+ I wanted to try sampling from my phone directly to the machine however when I record the sample (playback/monitoring) the input sound is distorted, it has an “underwater” kind of sound. I searched online and I have every setting that I know of correct, line in 1 in mono, I am updated to the latest firmware. Is there something I’m missing? Or is the unit maybe defective. It’s about a week old.

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  • LostInFoundation
    LostInFoundation Member Posts: 4,311 Expert
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    At what level are you with the gain knobs on the back of Maschine? Usually they need to be quite pumped up, since Maschine Ins don’t have a very loud input.

    Out of curiosity: why MONO? Phone signal is stereo

  • Lejind
    Lejind Member Posts: 4 Newcomer
    edited September 2023
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    Input is maxed. The volume isn’t the issue it’s the distortion underwater sound. For example I tried a full song and the beat plays but the vocals dont. It has a “bad wire on my headphones” sound. And about recording in mono I used the 1/4 to 3.5 mm just to test it out because I had no clue you could record samples from your phone. So I ordered the dual splitters. But even if it’s mono it shouldn’t sound distorted.

  • ozon
    ozon Member Posts: 1,371 Expert
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    Maybe the output of the phone is actually too hot. That could lead to heavy distortion destroying the higher frequency content of the signal. Have you tried turning down the input sensitivity or turning down the level on the phone?

  • Lejind
    Lejind Member Posts: 4 Newcomer
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    I tried about 4 other devices. My phone an iPad my MacBook and a Bluetooth speaker. All sound the same. It’s really strange

  • Lejind
    Lejind Member Posts: 4 Newcomer
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    Input is maxed. The volume isn’t the issue it’s the distortion underwater sound. For example I tried a full song and the beat plays but the vocals dont. It has a “bad wire on my headphones” sound. And about recording in mono I used the 1/4 to 3.5 mm just to test it out because I had no clue you could record samples from your phone. So I ordered the dual splitters. But even if it’s mono it shouldn’t sound distorted.


    (sorry for the double comment, just noticed the quote option on the forums)

  • PK The DJ
    PK The DJ Member Posts: 1,219 Guru
    edited September 2023
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    As already stated, the phone audio ouput is most likely stereo (it would help if you gave the make and model of phone) so using the wrong kind of cable could easily give weird results.

    From what you say, you have a stereo jack in a mono socket, so one channel is being grounded.

    The signal needs to go to both Maschine inputs, left and right.

  • tetsuneko
    tetsuneko Member Posts: 623 Guru
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    Just a guess - you are sending the unit mp3 audio which is encoded in joint stereo and your interconnect cable is not maintaining the stereo image as intended? Try a 3,5mm TRS into a Y cable with quarter inch jacks at the Maschine end

  • ozon
    ozon Member Posts: 1,371 Expert
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    Interesting idea, but by playing back the joint (M/S encoded) mp3, it would be decoded back to L/R before being sent to the output of the phone, wouldn’t it?

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