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Good day everyone. I was testing out an Audio Technica AT2020 microphone on my Fast Track C600, and unfortunately I can't seem to turn off monitoring for this audio interface so I will hear the microphone no matter what input/output combination I try. What I'm currently looking for is a sound card (USB or PCIe) that has balanced outputs, supports phantom powered mics, and has a preamp for headphones. I love the Fast Track C600, but while gaming it's distracting to hear everything through the microphone even when the push-to-talk button is not activated.

Can anyone recommend something or know how to turn off direct monitoring on the C600?
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Try going into Microphone properties in control panel sounds> Recording devices and turn off Listen to this Device on your mic.

Might be the problem..isn't there a switch that turns direct monitoring off on the front?
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Focusrite Saffire Pro 24. Very good preamps, built in headphone amp, you can set up the routing however you want using Focusrite Saffire Mix Control.
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I checked the microphone settings, and its checked off. It has direct monitoring so I guess it just monitors the input without going through the computer. There's only a switch to switch the input from front to back inputs so you can switch say guitar input to microphone.

The Focusrite is a FireWire / Thunderbolt interface, which my computer can't connect to it. I'd like to get a USB or PCIe sound card because I only have one PCIe slot left and some USB ports.
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