Soundtrack - 828 - level mismatch

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by innergalactic, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. innergalactic

    innergalactic Active Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    I'm using a MOTU 828 to record on Apple Soundtrack Pro, and outputting from the internal card. The Mac is an older G4.

    The recording is fine and levels/wavforms look good. However, when playing back, the output is much louder and heavily clips the output meter in Soundtrack. I've looked at all the settings I know of, and they seem simple and correct. There are no effects/plugins/etc that would add another gain stage. Also, I can't tell where the audio would be going back in and doubling itself - and if that were the case, there would be audible delay and/or feedback.

    Any clue what is causing this? I think it may be related to the Mac itself since other audio software has inconsistent levels as well.
  2. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    Try the adaptive limiter plug on the master channel.

    Remember audio is additive, even though individual track may not peak, together they may add up.

    Use the channel EQ with the anlyzer engaged to detect what frequencies are causing the overload.

    Also monitor from your interface, instead of the internal hardware.


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