How to Setup and Record with Arrow by Universal Audio

How to Setup and Record with Arrow by Universal Audio

[Music] -Hi AMES. How are you? -Hi. I’m good, how are you? -I’m doing pretty good, thank you. Thanks for having us at your house. -Good! Thanks for coming to my house. -I’ve got a big surprise for you today. I’ve got Universal Audio Arrow. -Oh my God! It’s here. -It’s brand new. It’s for you. Should we get it out of the box? – It’s like Santa. Yes please. -Okay, here it is. -Oh my goodness. -This is the world’s first Thunderbolt 3, bus-powered audio interface. -What does that mean? -It means that it’s powered and connected to your computer all by one Thunderbolt 3 cable. It’s Mac and Windows. With Arrow, it’s a very simple workflow, it’s really easy to use, and it sounds incredible. It’s pro quality conversion. You can literally make records on this thing. There’s no latency, you know, so those days are over. -Wow. -Also, it has Unison technology on board. I’m gonna tell you all about what that does as we move into this tutorial. And hopefully by the end of the day, you are gonna have learnt how to track your own vocal using the arrow, and using console 2.0. -Yes! I’m excited. -Let’s jump in. [Music] Okay AMES. So, let me show you around the actual hardware right now. Okay? -Okay. -So we can get familiar with what’s on board here. First of all, on the front, headphones. Alright? -Okay. -So your headphones are going to go in there. Then, also we have a HI-Z input here on the front. This is where you plug your guitar, bass guitar, or anything like that, directly into the unit so you don’t need a DI. If we look on the back, you can see, very simple, again, you have the two mic pres. This is where you plug your microphones into 1 and 2. This is also a combi jack slot. So, you can actually plug in a quarter-inch jack cable in here too. -Oh, wow. -Yeah, so, you can go left and right to a keyboard or something like that. Additionally, we have a outputs left and right and this is basically just going out to you speakers. And then, Thunderbolt 3 port right here. And, all you need is the cable. Let me grab one for you. -Oh you brought one. -I did, yeah. Don’t worry, it’s all part of the service. And Basically, Thunderbolt 3, it looks very similar to USBC. In fact, it looks identical. But, you’re going to make sure that it’s Thunderbolt 3, not a USBC. And then, straight in to my computer. Then it’s gonna boot up. -What? -Okay, let me show you a couple of the onboard buttons here. We have input and this allows you to switch between the line input, which would be for synthesizers. -Okay. -And then your mic input which would be for your microphones. Okay? And this is currently on channel 1 of your mic input. If I hit this preamp button here, I’m gonna switch to channel 2, so you can be controlling a lot of the hardware directly from the unit. Following that, we have a high-pass filter. It has true 48 volt phantom power. You also have a pad to attenuate the mic pre. -Attenuate? -If the microphone is running too hot, if you hit this pad, it will bring down the level on the microphone. Phase button for checking phase. And then, a link button which will link channel 1 and channel 2, so that you can actually control them together at the same time. So if you had a synth in here left and right, you linked the channel and then you can control the input level with this encoder. If I hit preamp it’s going to be controlling level of the selected preamp that I’m using. So if I unlink it, I’m in channel 1, and now I can control the level going into that mic pre. This is where you set your level for your vocal, essentially. if I hit monitor now, this controller is controlling the volume to your speakers. If I hit it again, it’s gonna control the volume to your headphones. Okay? And they’re independent of each other. if you’re going to track a vocal you don’t want the speakers on, right? If you just hit it, it’s gonna mute the speaker. It’ll turn red, but you can still switch back to your headphones and hear your headphones. -Wow. -Okay? So, while you’re tracking, speakers are off. Switch it back to the monitor. When you want to hear back, turn your speakers on. -Oh, cool. Once you have downloaded and installed the software for Arrow, you’ll be able to open up console 2.0. This is the main window
software for Arrow, you’ll be able to open up console 2.0. This is the main window of console 2.0, where you can see all of your physical inputs available on your Arrow system. At the top left, you can see the gain controls for both of the onboard preamps. Below that is where you can add unison plugins, which emulate the actual impedances of mic preamps and guitar amps. From there, we see controls for selecting the input type, for phantom power, a pad switch, phase and there’s also a high-pass filter for removing ultra-low frequencies. Next we see the insert section. This is where you add UAD Plug-Ins, so you can take advantage of real time plug-in processing. Below the inserts, is the send section. This is where you can send signal from the selected channel over to the two onboard auxiliary channels. A great use of this workflow is when you want to add some reverb to a vocal, but you don’t want to record the sound of the reverb. You just want to be able to hear it when you track your vocal. Under the send section is the main fader, mute solo, and pan controls. Over on the right-hand side of the Console, there’s a fully comprehensive monitor section. This is where you can control volume to your speakers. There’s also controls for setting up cue outputs for expanded systems, and a mono control for tracking your mixes in mono. These insert effect controls here are very important. You can decide whether you’d like to monitor your plugins or record the effects into your DAW in realtime. If there’s a plug-in setting that you really love and you want to save it, that’s super easy with presets. Just go to the plug-in, hit the presets button, and just save under a familiar name. Finally, you can save your entire console 2.0 session, by coming over here and clicking on the “Save As.” There, you can name your session and then reload it at any time. [Music] Okay AMES. This is where the fun starts. -Okay. -Alright. I’m gonna show you by giving you a couple of examples of me recording some guitar. So first of all, you’re gonna need a guitar. I have one here. Alright, so I’ve got my guitar plugged in and I’m gonna grab the other end of my guitar cable right here. And that is going to go into, as I mentioned before, the HI-Z input. Now we should probably put our headphones on, so that we can hear what’s going on. Okay? So, what we’ve done today so that we can both hear, is we’ve got a little splitter cable into the headphones. And that’s enabling us both to hear everything at the same time. And you can see now if start to play, you’re getting some level. What we’re gonna do now with the help of Arrow and Console 2.0, is we’re gonna start creating a sound. In this case, because we’re using a guitar, we’re actually going to use a guitar amplifier in the preamp stage. We’re gonna try this Marshall Plexi Classic. Because this plug-in is in the Unison slot of console, 2.0, it means that now the preamp onboard Arrow, has taken on the characteristics of this Marshall amplifier. So you get this right out of the box. Right? -Yeah -So, we’re already starting to get a tone and it’s now essentially taken on the characteristics of this amplifier. We’re using your song, “Flowers For Anna.” It’s a cool, chill tune, so we don’t need like a rock sound for it. So, we’re gonna pull the gain back a little bit more, and we start to get something that feels reasonable for the track. -Yeah. -Okay? The whole point of this is that we’re designing the sound as we go. The other thing is, as I play it there’s no latency. Right? so it feels really good. You’re totally connected to the music. As musicians and producers, you know we don’t like latency. With Arrow, and the Console 2.0 system, latency is no more. Okay? So, what we can do here is these are your insert slots where you can start adding just regular inserts. I think because we can, we’re going to actually now add a little bit of reverb. I’m feeling pretty good about the sound -Yeah. I like it yeah -Alright, cool. We’re gonna go over to logic. We go to preferences, into audio. We want to go into general, and then we want to make sure that software monitoring is actually switched off. The reason why we want to do that, is so that we’re not hearing playback through logic as well as the console. So basically at this point, we’re good to go. I’m gonna check my input here, and set my input to mic line HI-Z 1, which is my channel 1 of the Arrow. Okay, so if I hit this into record, now we can actually just record straight into Logic. So I’m just gonna roll from this little break down here in the song. And I’m just going to play a little something-something over the outro of the song. Alright? [Music] All of the effects are printed. Because you’ve printed everything in real time, you can go back and use the onboard processing for new sounds. -So cool! -Right? -Yeah. [Music] -Okay and so we’ve got your mic plugged in. -Mm-hmm. -We’ve got some level happening into the channel, okay? Right now, we have just the clean arrow preamp working. -Okay? -Okay so, what we’re gonna do now, is we’re gonna start creating the vocal sound that we’re looking for. We’re gonna add now a Neve 1073 preamp to the Unison slot, so that this preamp on the arrow will then start to take on the characteristics of a Neve 1073. -Okay. -So, I’m gonna save you $10,000, okay? Thank you. -So if you want to sing a little bit, I’m gonna start down this for you. -[Singing] “I can’t wait until we get together Sunday morning. The way spirit moves my body, you turn me on.” -Great. So if we look on the Arrow here, we’ve got the high pass, so we can high pass that, first of all. Okay and you can see on the screen that it’s actually high passing there as well. -Oh, wow. -We’re gonna put in the EQ. The Neve 1073 is known for its smooth high end. So, if I just crank up a little bit high end there for you, how does that sound? [Singing]
there for you, how does that sound? [Singing] Sweet. -That sounds really good. -Nice and crispy, yeah. Alright, cool. So if we go down here, we can start adding some compression. I’m gonna look for the UA 1176 legacy. This plug-in comes as part of the analog classic bundles package, which comes with your Arrow, along with a bunch of other great Plug-Ins. So we’re going to start to create this great pop vocal sound now by adding a large helping of compression. This is gonna create that really in your face, aggressive, pop vocal sound. Okay, so that’s here using the hook and I’m gonna dial in the sound. [Singing] Awesome. I’m gonna switch you in and out while you sing it one more time. Let’s have a listen, okay? [Playback] -That sounds really good. -Last thing. Do you like a bit reverb? -I was just gonna ask you. -Okay, I’m sorry. -Okay, right. So what we’ll do here, is we’ll use the reverb in a send auxilary configuration, which I mentioned to you before. And this is a way so that you can monitor your reverb, but we’re not gonna actually have that reverb print into Logic. iI’s just so that you can hear, it you can feel good about tracking. Tt feels really good, but again, we’re not gonna record this sound. So the way that we can do that is we’re gonna put the reverb on the auxiliary 1. We’ll go over to my sends here in Console 2.0, and I’m now going to just add some send. And you should have some [Singing with reverb] – How’s that? -That sounds really good, yeah. -You like that? Okay, so look, within a few little moves, we’ve just created a really awesome, clean, in your face vocal sound. So let’s run it from the top of the track and let’s go for it. [Music [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] -alright, awesome. How do you feel? -I feel really good. Wonderful. I felt very confident. -You look confident. [Music] Okay, AMES. So we’ve had a great day here. -Yep. -Well, I’m saying that we’ve had a great day. -We’ve had a great day. -Okay good. -We both have. -So do you feel like you’ve learned everything that you need to learn? -Yes. -Wonderful. -Yes. -Wonderful. So you just as a recap, we’ve covered the general overview of the hardware, right? You’ve got familiar with all of the the buttons and encoders and everything. We’ve learned about the Console 2.0 application, and the software, and everything that goes with using that. -Yeah. -And the workflow between the two. -Mm-hmm. -We’ve talked about no latency tracking with UAD realtime processing, and unison technology. We’ve also talked about the bus powered nature of Arrow. So, it’s Thunderbolt 3 Windows and
arrow Mac. So I think that you’ve got everything that you need now to continue on your own, without me, finally. And I wish you all the best. -Thank you. -Alright, we’ll see you on the flip side. -Okay. -Aright, thank you. [Music] [Music]

56 thoughts to “How to Setup and Record with Arrow by Universal Audio”

  1. Guys great video!!! But Could you make a video showing how to daisy chain Satellites and Apollos Twins for more DSP. Thank you and Cheers From VENEZUELA!

  2. hey guys!! can i use the heaphone output as a aditional 3/4 L+R output to rout a specific chanel of my daw different from the one that i am sending to the 1/2 outputs?? thanks a lot! looking forward the arrow for electronic music production an live performing.

  3. Hmmm… I see that gain pot is maxed out and there is no noise. Sm7b very is gain hungry. Do you still recommend Fethead/Cloudlifter with this interface and Sm7b?

  4. Just a word of warning about the included "Legacy" plugins. The word "Legacy" sounds appealing, but it simply means UAD's old, first attempts at modelling the gear which have since been re-modelled and replaced because the old ones were not good enough.

  5. Make the drivers adequate for Windows 10 for Arrow! I pay 500 euros plus 45 in the cable and i have a lots Clicking, popping and distortion with anything. That is disrespectful!!

  6. Nice.But sims amps doesnt show how driven guitar sounds and how this unit reacts to driven guitar sound using the mike for example.

  7. So I process my vocals through arrows software to basically get the initial sound , and then record into my daw (reaper) and it’ll be like that once I record it ? And do further editing once inside if I wanted ?

  8. what is the maximum length for the thunderbolt 3 cable. i bought a 2m thunderbolt 3 and the unit stutters heavily and chop the sound. Im running Windows 10 64bits

  9. all part of the service, she gets a free thunderbolt 3 cable…. do you know how friction hard it was for me to get one….. I found more Unicorns

  10. hi guys – just came across Arrow product. how does this sound card / guitar interface collaborate with other 3rd party guitar amp plugins? same – close to zero latency? does it also have a feature recording wet and dry signal at the same time? thx

  11. Please help, I have an Arrow and I'm running a Shure SM7B on it, I have to set the gain at 35 db with a Cloudlifter, or to 60 without the CL, regardless I always hear a very obnoxious and distracting hiss in my headphones when connect to either the headphone jack or the rear line outs. Granted I'm running the headphones all the way turned up to 0 db, however I know it is not the headphones as when I turn down the mic pres there is no noise and listening to playback of virtually anything sounds clean, also any recordings I make are clean as can be if I play them back. Can anyone help me figure out this hiss when the mic and headphones are turned up to recording level?

  12. I don't know what he meant by "it's all part of the service" at 2:26 but the cable is sold separately. And btw this thing is overpriced for what it does.

  13. Is it really necessary to have a QUAD core i7 (3,3 GHz) as recommended ?? i got only a DUAL core i7/ 16goRAM + SSD (for small music projects) ==> is it OK or not enough ? thanks

  14. Super cool track! Frankly, I’m enthused and RELIEVED since a lot of these things tend to have fairly lame songs in their demos 😖😬 lol

  15. Show us as gift the full mix pls❤😁 this song is awesome! I wanna see how u mixed the hook part and the main voice effect of the beat💎

  16. At the end, when they weren't recording, the track went through a heavy mix/mastering phase. I wanna know what they use in that phase to achieve the result at 16:20.

  17. is anyone having an issue with the leveling of the mic? my monitoring level in my headphones and speaker monitors are very low when im going IN to the mic, but the level of the recording is super loud and I can't for the life of me figure out why… Im using protools with all the suggested setting but nothings working. I tried every routing combination in protools and the ua console as well. Im also using a Rode NT1 mic and DT 770 Pro 80 ohm headphones. I don't think I should have to turn the headphone level to max just to hear the mic input at normal level and then "Bam" the recording is loud as hell on playback.

  18. Can you listen to it with all those FX in the console after you've recorded it? . What if it's a bigger session and you are working with different singers who need different processing?

  19. Help!!!, when I get a sound I like through my headphones and record the sound, it sounds totally different from what I was hearing during recording through the headphones, when I play it after it’s recorded it’s like it’s got less balls to it.

  20. Hi! I have apollo twin and when i start recording with UA 610-B everything ok, but after 5-10 minutes, volume decreases. If i turn off the phantom power and turn on again, the volume change back to normal, again after 5-10 minutes decreases.. What could be the problem? Thank you!

  21. Quick technical question.
    With the SM7B and Arrow universal audio do I still need the CL1 Cloudfilter to boost the microphone signal?

  22. So far i love the arrow for what it is; a really powerful audio interface. 
    the issue im having is when i want to use the Marshal plexi amp plug in that comes free with the arrow. it sounds AMAZING but i dont want to HAVE to use the "console" to record my guitar. I want to just use the plexi amp as a standalone plugin through ableton but it won't let me unless i run it through the console. it was a little frustrating and confusing figuring it all out but i finally got it i think, it was just my one complaint and a slight inconvenience but overall the product is a 10/10 though!

    also sidenote to anyone thinking of getting one, you NEED to buy a separate thunderbolt 3 connection, the Arrow does NOT come with one and it NEEDS to be thunderbolt 3 specifically

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