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Input level for synth (basic question)
Old 3 weeks ago
  #1
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Input level for synth (basic question)

Hi

So hopefully a basic question

I have a hardware synth plugging into my audio interface (line in's) and I can't find how to achieve the best level (-6db) for recording to my DAW

So do I ?

1. keep audio interface and daw levels at unity and adjust the synths master volume until -6db is showing

2. keep synth master volume at max and adjust audio interface input level

3. or same as above but just adjust the daw's track level


Thanks so much
Old 3 weeks ago
  #2
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1 or 2 are both fine.
Old 3 weeks ago
  #3
Agreed, either one works, so just experiment with both to see which gives you the clearest signal with the lowest amount of noise.

Are you using an analog synthesizer? If so, one thing to consider is that the way you gain stage an analog synth can have an impact on the sound (in terms of setting the oscillator levels relative to the overall master volume), so definitely play around with that as well.
Old 3 weeks ago
  #4
Gear Head
 

Thanks guys

It's a Motif XF which has a quite a hot output

I will experiment
Old 3 weeks ago
  #5
It doesn't matter, as long as you adjust the gains before it hits the converters A/D. Use what ever you feel comfortable with, before it hits the converters.

Do not worry about the DAW track faders, as they just control the volume of what you hear back and not the actual recording signal's strength (the ones i worked with)
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