Using Spark as an interface.......



  • Is it possible to use spark as a recording interface...Android version still has no volume on the input side.....or do I have to run something like Focusrite Scarlett?



  • @stiches4u I was not able to successfully run it as a "stand alone" interface to other amp sim software. The only thing I could record was using the built-in amps/effects. This is unlike the Yamaha THR series where I was able to use the THR similarly to a Focusrite. I hope it is just user error on my part and someone can tell us how to set it up.



  • I have found that is one of the best features of the THR series. The audio interface is excellent in that it provides 2 simultaneous stereo signals at once. One stereo signal is the Wet THR signal. The other is the Dry Stereo DI which can be used for whatever means in the computer. It is a warm and full low latency signal. So amp sims such as Bias FX sound very good. I have tried a $150 CAD audio interface that did not give VSTs the same quality tone.



  • @stiches4u Same problem here ... the volume is sooo low when you use Spark as a audio interface I think we have to wait until PG fix it on some update I hope



  • @johndagostino So, if one were to be going to use the Spark for recording mainly, you would suggest canceling and getting a THRII?



  • @mapmonkey I am not really a "recorder", but I do like to experiment with other amp sims. In which case, yes, the THR seems the better option. That being said, I think a Focusrite Scarlette is even better still.



  • Has anyone tried running the Spark USB Output through an Audio Interface, such as a Scarlett Focusrite, rather than running it directly into the DAW? I am not sure if this is technically feasible but it could help increasing the gain on the input...



  • I know it seems more feasible to connect the Spark Amp via USB to a computer and record via any software possible - but I thought that is what the pre-sonus software was for?

    Also could you just mic up the spark in tandem to USB to get more options on the sound? (of course you'd have to run that into your old recording interface if you had one)

    However I'm a little surprised that the pre-sonus software is no good for recording whats being played - or is this where the volume issue comes in?

    (I haven't received my spark amp yet so trying to get my head around the terminology and whats being done - or not - be gentle :) )



  • Has there been an update on this? I'm keen to use the Spark as an interface (when it arrives) and wondering if i'll need a stand alone unit like the Scarlette. I'm hoping the output levels have been sorted?



  • @jaiforster I had the same level issue as described, but updating the firmware solved the problem. It is working fine going into Reaper.



  • @funjunkie27 It does not show up in Reaper for me. Where does it show up as an audio interface for you? Under "ASIO" devices I'm guessing?



  • @johndagostino I believe you can just remove all effects AND the amp from the signal chain on a preset and record a dry signal.



  • @genebrianbrady I had to go to the preferences and set the audio input and output to the Spark amp. I don’t recall what the exact name was, although it was pretty obvious, as I recall. You do need to download the ASIO driver for it. I’m not where I can get specifics on where I found that, but it is in PG's web site.



  • @funjunkie27 Thank you i did not know there was an ASIO driver, I found it. Found the firmware update too. Blessed riffs to you my friend



  • I tried my spark as an interface with windows 10 and reaper. It works with a latency of 8,5/9 ms. Volume is about the same as the focusrite scarlett 2i2. With Windows be sure you use ASIO. You have to install that before you can use any USB-Interface like Focusrite or Spark with a DAW. In Reaper you gonna find the Spark in the Preferences. 0_1591770353706_Anmerkung 2020-06-10 082021.png



  • @johndagostino said in Using Spark as an interface.......:

    @stiches4u I was not able to successfully run it as a "stand alone" interface to other amp sim software. The only thing I could record was using the built-in amps/effects. This is unlike the Yamaha THR series where I was able to use the THR similarly to a Focusrite. I hope it is just user error on my part and someone can tell us how to set it up.

    Tried everyThing myself. Don’t think the spark can do it as stand alone yet.



  • @ksmichel said in Using Spark as an interface.......:

    I tried my spark as an interface with windows 10 and reaper. It works with a latency of 8,5/9 ms. Volume is about the same as the focusrite scarlett 2i2. With Windows be sure you use ASIO. You have to install that before you can use any USB-Interface like Focusrite or Spark with a DAW. In Reaper you gonna find the Spark in the Preferences. 0_1591770353706_Anmerkung 2020-06-10 082021.png

    I have it selected but reaper is not picking up the signal. Any suggestions?



  • @diegofiorillo-uk That actually looks to me as if you still have the Focusrite USB ASIO driver selected. Not until the light blue strip says Positive Grid USB Audio Device instead of the Focusrite is the PG actually selected.



  • I know that this posting is now quite old but because there does not seem to be any updates here, I thought that I chime in.

    I was worried when I read this posting after getting my amp ordered but I am pleased to say that I can record to Reaper without too much trouble. I have video'd the process and results and it can be seen here - https://youtu.be/B910fCGb7EI



  • @martynphillips : Thanks for the video. Even though I've had no problems I enjoy seeing what others do