Originally Posted by contramark
Im a little confused by how i am requiered to set the Gain and Output Levels on my ME-1NV preamp. My interface is a Fireface 800 and i am sending the XLR output of the Great River to the input channel 2 on my fireface 800 box (which is set to +4dbu) using a balanced XLR to 1/4" TRS connection. Now whether using a condesor, dynamic or ribbon mic I normally first set the gain of the mic pre to right below a peak level on the IN meter.
so heres the issue:
I am finding that no matter what source i am micing my output level of the ME-1NV never even approaches the CAL position. Always I keep it far left, almost to extreme left position. Is this normal? What am I missing here? Does the output level effect the tone of the sound at all?
note: I have used other outboard preamps in the past (studio projects, joe meek, presonus) but never had this problem.
If I'm understanding you correctly, then I think I have the same question...
I too set the gain of my ME-1NV pretty high for extra coloration, but in order to not overload the line input of my interface, I have to back off the CAL pot considerably which yields a low signal on the output meter.
I'm using an M-Audio Project Mix interface at the moment, but my Mbox didn't have this problem at all. Pretty much ran the output signal at full in that instance.
Is this a case of how the line level is set on the interface (+4 or -6?)...and can you even select the level of the line input on the interface? Or would this be set in your DAW software?