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Fireface 800 levels setup?
Old 25th June 2009
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Fireface 800 levels setup?

Just got a Fireface. I've used nothing but a Firebox in the past so this will take some getting used to.

Do you control the Fireface's monitor level by the 1&2 outputs on the mixer? I hooked up my monitors to the 1&2 analog outputs on the back of the Fireface. Everything was LOOOOOUD then so I turned the output levels in the mixer to like -40db for it to be reasonable. I thought that there may be some kind of gain knob on the front of the FireFace to adjust the monitoring level, but I guess this is done solely in the Mixer, right? I was thinking that there would at least be a 'link' function in the mixer faders to have both the 1&2 sliders move evenly for the monitoring level.

There's also the Playback section. It's kind of confusing because both of these seem to control the levels.
Old 26th June 2009
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the playback section controls the send levels of what comes out of the computer to the various hardware outputs of the FF. If your DAW outputs go to playback outputs 1&2, you could send that pair at -12dB to physical outputs 1&2 for your monitors, but at full scale to the headphone output (9&10) since there is a gain control for the phone gain. Gotta get the hang of this before you tie your monitors directly to the physical outs, heh. I know what you mean when you say LOUD. heh. be careful when you discover the preset buttons (1-8, on the right). That's another way to get into LOUD by accident. heh.

you can link a fader pair together by clicking on the channel id somehow until it turns yellow; the whole yellow group moves together. But for a stereo pair, a simpler way is to hold down OPTION (on a Mac) while you move one of the faders; it binds the two together.


Old 26th June 2009
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Thanks for the reply.

The thing is that the Playback and Analog outputs are kind of similar so I'm still working with it. Should I leave the output section 1&2 at unity gain 0db and just set the Playback really low like to -30? Or I could bring down the analog outputs and bring up the Playback a bit... I'm not sure what the effect would be using the different ratios here.
Old 26th June 2009
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I don't think it makes any difference to the sound because the internal bit depth is enormous (48?) IIRC.

When I'm just sending an output to monitors or headphones, I set the playback channel to unity gain and set the output itself down to a low level.

Once you start actually mixing stuff together in TotalMix, then the right way to organize the gain stages usually becomes clear.

Old 27th June 2009
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Thanks for your help dude
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