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Best volume level for all components

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by casey814, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. casey814

    casey814 Active Member

  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Hi, and welcome!

    A bit on terminology to start with. Volume is the perceived amplitude of the physical sound emanating from an instrument or (in this case) a loudspeaker. What goes into the loudspeaker is an electrical signal level, and setting the levels correctly between successive pieces of equipment is called gain staging.

    With this type of gear, you should be aiming to run the digital sections at near full-scale, and then adjust the output level to give you a comfortable listening volume after the signal has been converted from digital to analog. However, not all commercial programme matter obeys rules like that.

    Try running both the iTunes and the Mac outputs at full scale and doing all your adjustment on the (analog) knob on the MobilePre. If you are having to keep this very low in order not to blast you and the neighbours out of your houses, you will need to reduce the sensitivity control on the rear of the monitors.
  3. casey814

    casey814 Active Member

    Thanks for the great informative post. It's working well now with that setup.

    Let me know if this question should belong in another thread, but in my left monitor I also occasionally notice (only when there is nothing playing) some "burps" or little low-pitched blips it lets out, a few in a row. I'm thinking it might be interference (I'm surrounded by an iMac, second monitor, three external hard drives, a TV, and my cell phone) but what do you guys think?

    Also, I have a small, light LCD monitor sitting atop my right monitor. I know it's probably not best practice to have things on top of the speakers, but given my small desk I don't have another place for it for the time being. Can this potentially cause damage to the monitor, or is it nothing to worry about if it's light enough? Thanks again.
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Data phones are notorious for sending bursts that are picked up on "tape" during live classical performances. I'd start there and turn it off while recording. It won't affect mixing at all. Extra monitors....that depends on the robustness of your computer motherboard and PCIe bus. As to damaging the LCD lamps on a monitor, it is possible but not too likely especially if it is LED based vice LCD.

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