More input sensitivity or output gain?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Fenster, Sep 17, 2002.

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  1. Fenster

    Fenster Guest

    When recording a source I'm constantly trying to figure out how to get the maximum sound level before overdriving my pre. For instance when I stick my u195 in front of my plexi cabinet, I fool with my pre for hours trying to get a good balance between my output gain and input sensitivity. Where's a good starting point?
     
  2. hargerst

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    Set your channel slider to about 70% of its travel, then adjust your input gain till you get a healthy signal on the meters without lighting the clip light. At that point, you're done.
     
  3. Kurt Foster

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    hargerst said;
    Set your channel slider to about 70% of its travel, then adjust your input gain till you get a healthy signal on the meters without lighting the clip light. At that point, you're done.

    Gad! You make it sound so simple!.........Fats
     
  4. Hi everyone,

    I find that when I record just below clipping level on my DPS16 I have no more headroom left for adding eq. It's quite a different world from analog. I'm trying to use eq to compensate for some loss of <body/fatness> in the sound (I don't really have words for this>. It seems I need to record at a lower level to save some headroom for later. I'm new to this so maybe I'm going in the wrong direction. Where can I find information on specific techniques for proper digital recording.
     
  5. Kurt Foster

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    Mario,
    You should be fine recording at a nominal level of -12 on the digital scale. Somewhere between -18 and -12 on digital (opinion varies) is where 0dB VU on analog is......Fats
     
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