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Which Dorrough Meters for a digital studio?
Old 26th February 2015
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Which Dorrough Meters for a digital studio?

Hi all-- need some advice on hardware metering.

I'm buying a stereo Dorrough meter to check the output of my stem mixer before going back into a Cranesong to capture my mix.

here are the four options:

280A - 14dB headroom
280C- 20dB headroom
280AE - 14 dB headroom extended range
280CE- 20 dB headroom extended range

Dorrough

I'm leaning towards the EXTENDED RANGE versions, since I like hitting the CraneSong a little hard (I know, I know, why would you do that but I'm not sure which headroom level would be best considering that my output should be getting near 0dBfs.

Thoughts? Feelings? Anyone?
Old 26th February 2015
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40A...the 280 is too damn small.
Do you not feel the metering on the HEDD sufficient ?
Old 26th February 2015
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40A...the 280 is too damn small.
Do you not feel the metering on the HEDD sufficient ?
we're actually building two custom consoles with Tree Audio, and these dorroughs will sit in the master section, so they have to be the 280 series.

And Yes, the crane song metering is ok, though I'd prefer to have the extended range of the 280 and obviously I can't build the crane song into the master section!

Where it's placed in the room makes it less convenient to pay steady attention to the front panel while working.

So what about headroom? -14 or -20?

Thanks!!
Old 26th February 2015
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A Dorrough meter has the same number of segments...I don't think you need to see low level signals as much as you need to see below and above digital 0
I think the 280C would be best.
Old 27th February 2015
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A Dorrough meter has the same number of segments...I don't think you need to see low level signals as much as you need to see below and above digital 0
I think the 280C would be best.
Thanks so much Mike, I think you're totally right.

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