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Old 2nd September 2011
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Curious about the level of monitors

This may be the dumbest question I've asked. I've been thinking about it though and it's bothering me to find an answer. I have my monitors going through the presonus monitor station. Obviously the speakers have their own volume, and the monitor station controls the output. Does it matter what level my actual speakers are on? I've had them on full, but I've been wondering if that may be bad?
Old 2nd September 2011
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Originally Posted by JakeKalka View Post
This may be the dumbest question I've asked. I've been thinking about it though and it's bothering me to find an answer. I have my monitors going through the presonus monitor station. Obviously the speakers have their own volume, and the monitor station controls the output. Does it matter what level my actual speakers are on? I've had them on full, but I've been wondering if that may be bad?
Setting them to '0' is usually ideal (lowest signal-to-noise ratio).
Old 2nd September 2011
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I usually like to stick to unity as much as possible adjusting the volume at the most sonically accurate point in the line, which is usually an analog volume adjustment once the signal hits analog.

Using the master out on your interface is a good spot, crank everything else to unity, and pipe it in below 0dB.
Old 3rd September 2011
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Awesome thank you guys! I've been doing it right
Old 7th September 2011
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i've learned recently that sometimes you can't always trust the monitor level numbers on the back.

as i have 2 sets that i bounce between now to reference mixes. i wanted them all to be equal volume.

so i ran pink noise through them and grabbed my spl meter. and quickly discovered that there were slight db differences between each speaker in each set even though they were both set to the same level on the back.
Old 7th September 2011
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It is usually stated in the manual that the 0 setting is recommended on an active monitor.
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