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Old 19th October 2015
  #1
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RME Fireface 800 Mic Settings Clipping Issue

Hi,
I'm using the FF800 and would like to record some VoiceOver stuff.
I'll plug my mic into channel 7, then in the Fireface Settings app, I'll have that input as 'Front', I'll turn phantom for that channel on and set my gain using Channel 7's knob on the front of the FF800.

I get a good level, usually staying around -14 or average, which I'm happy with. However, I can't figure out how to set the limiter for the channel so that it doesn't clip.

The Limiter option on the Fireface Settings app doesn't seem to do anything.

Can anyone please let me know how I can set this up? I don't want levels to go over -6dbFs.

Thanks very very much!
Faiz Z
Old 19th October 2015
  #2
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Not at home at the moment, but I believe the limiter is only for input 1 (instrument input).
Old 20th October 2015
  #3
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Ah thanks. Thats strange though. There's no way to stop the Mic input from clipping if the vocalist speaks too loudly all of a sudden?! That's not good.
Old 20th October 2015
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The preamps on FF800 are not that great, especially for dynamic material. Either set the gain very low and be sure to record at 24 bit resolution, OR get an external preamp or a channel strip so you have more control.
Old 20th October 2015
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The limiter is input 1 only. I would never use a limiter during recording.

The point with any pre-amp is to leave sufficient headroom so that it CANNOT clip as a result of the source. If you're not doing that you're simply recording too hot. Aim for *peaks* of around -10dBFS and record 24-bit.

You may need to get your performer to do a bit of shouting so you can set levels.

The pre's in the FF800 are perfectly adequate for the job.

Last edited by The Elf; 20th October 2015 at 10:01 AM..
Old 20th October 2015
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lapsi View Post
The preamps on FF800 are not that great, especially for dynamic material. Either set the gain very low and be sure to record at 24 bit resolution, OR get an external preamp or a channel strip so you have more control.

The Preamp of the Ff800 are more than adequate for a VO recording.set you level
low to avoid clipping,that way you will have plenty of headroom.
Old 20th October 2015
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Cool, thanks for all the info!
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