Focusrite ISA 220 level settings

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Roswell-CS, May 4, 2004.

  1. Roswell-CS

    Roswell-CS Guest

    Hey all --

    When making sure im getting good levels into my Focusrite ISA 220,
    im wondering if i should go by the VU Meter or the Digital Input Meter?

    I find that If i make sure the input on the VU is getting nice levels
    then i can get some nice low compression...

    But if i go the other route and jack up the gain so im getting lots of signal on the Digital meter, then compression is impossible.. even at a +5db Threshold its compressing about -8db... and the O/L light keeps flashing.

    Is the digital meter more for the A/D option?
  2. slicraider

    slicraider Guest

    well first off I would forget about paying all that much attention to the meters. I would go by what my ears said. I've often gotten a great sound only to look and see some whacked out meter readings. It seems like you have a sound that you like when you get it to a certain point on the VU meter. I would go there and then forget about meters and fine tune with your ears. As for the serious compression I have looked over and seen the same on an LA2A or 1176 and everyone thought the sound rocked so I left it. Just remember that you can't undo heavy compression so make sure the sound is working in the track.
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
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    I did a topic name change for better results. The title "Focusrite ISA 220 level settings" is a much better title for this topic than "Pre Amp Question".

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