Setting up Studio 20 at London's Earlsfield studio can be tricky, so we've prepared a step by step guide.

How to:

  1. Ensure Samson Powerstrip is turned on as this will power on the speakers.
  2. Connect the USB cable (Focusrite Clarett 4 Pre) to your laptop and make sure Focusrite USB Audio is selected in your sound preferences.
  3. When recording vocals, plug the microphone into Input 4 of the patch bay (all other inputs are not currently patched in), this feeds to a red VDC (XLR) cable which you can plug directly into Input 1 or 2 via the front of the interface.
  4. Open your DAW of choice, create one audio track and select the correct input for your mic (1 or 2).
  5. Turn on Input Monitoring within your DAW as this will allow you to hear the incoming signal from the mic.
  6. Active phantom power (48V) on the front of the interface for your selected input
  7. Plug the artist's headphones into input C, this feeds into the second headphone input on the front of the interface via the Blue VDC Cable.
  8. Get your artist to test the mic while you increase the gain on the front of the interface until it’s peaking at an optimal level.