Akai MPC - accurate input meters
What are some steps I can take to get an accurate input level for recording into the MPC 1000? Since the MPC doesn't have numerical meters for whatever reason, the aim is to get signal as hot as possible without clipping (Akai's SNR).
Now, I've been attempting a bit of calibration throughout my primary studio tools (Rane TTM 56 / Akai MPC 1000 / RME Fireface 800). By feeding a -20dbfs pink noise tone to all these devices, and measuring the results on the Dorrough meter (plug-in), I can get as close to the same DAW signal with the MPCs master level at -6db, which I generally set it at anyway.
As I'm writing this, I'm monitoring my MPCs master outs in my DAW with the same Dorrough meter. With signal hitting optimum level on the Rane (+4db) the meters show a reading of around -4db fs, AND this is with the MPCs Rec Gain flat.
So, what does this mean? Any use of the MPCs rec gain will just distort and clip my signal, even if their meter reads no clip? Should I just monitor like this (through DAW) from now on?