I looks like there is software called Focusrite Control, and that > might > need to be configured.
I originally thought the problem may be with the Focusrite Control software. I e-mailed customer support and they told me that the software does not smaller devices:
The Focusrite Control software does not register metering for the smaller devices:
Solo and the 2i2
The only feature you can “enable or disable” is the AIR function or switching IP 2 to Instrument when this calls for it. We are not in any way referencing Focusrite Control unable to control the Scarlett products below:
The Focusrite Control software does not register metering for the smaller device inputs - those mentioned up top. All of the indicators for input and connectivity are on the hardware itself.
In your screenshots the Focusrite Control software is fully communicating to the Scarlett Solo but there are no inputs monitoring or output monitoring and or level control for this device from Focusrite Control. All control - as limited as it is - happens on the Solo hardware face:
GAINS DR IP 1 & 2
MONITOR CONTROL + HEADPHONE OUTUTS
As you have witnessed, “people controlling the Rode NT-1 via Focusrite Control” are not using a Solo or a 2i2 and if they are, they;r only able to switch the first IP AIR function On/Off or enabling Instrument level boost on the second. You can also swtich sample rates but this is not necessary because the Solo will always sync to the recording software’s settings.
And the guy is right. That’s basically the only thing the software does for my Solo: puts it into Air, or turns on the line/instrument. I thought it was broken.
Does the mic have an LED indicating that it’s getting power? Are there any switches on the mic? (I don’t think so.)
Correct. There are not indicators on the mic.
I believe the LED rings around the gain knobs light-up green when you have a signal and red when the signal is too loud. Are you seeing green?
That’s right. When I turn on the phantom power, click AIR or INST the lights go green for a brief second (like it is powering on). However, when I am speaking into the microphone I don’t get any indicators at all. No lights, nothing.
With your headphones plugged into the interface you can press the direct button you should hear the microphone without the going through the computer.
I press it, and all I get is static. I can speak into the microphone, but I don’t hear anything except the static of the headphones.
I restarted my computer and plugged all the cords back into the unit, and I can definitely hear my voice much better now. I see actual blips on Audacity, though it sounds like I’m somewhat underwater. Then again, I don’t know if that’s because I hear nothing but static in my headphones or if I need to tweak Audacity settings. So more progress, but the main issue is hearing myself through the headphones and getting the Solo to work appropriately. Makes me wonder if it’s the Solo itself or if I’m missing something.