After a couple years of screwing around and not really paying attention to mundane matters like gain staging and recording levels I've decided that I should finally learn some basics.
I've just recently purchased a Mackie Onyx mixer and realized I don't really know on where I should be setting my volume levels along my signal chain. Many of the articles I've found online focus more on recording a band, mics, preamps, etc. whereas I'm looking solely at synths and line level inputs.
I'm wondering, though, how you all set your volume levels when everything in the chain has volume.
For an example:
- On a synth you have the master volume on that device, that goes into the mixer where there's a gain control, there is then a fader for that track, then a master volume. On top of this there's volume knobs on the monitors as well.
I tend to set synth close to max, channel gain on the mixer around 12o'clock (unity gain), master level at around 9 o'clock, and then adjust the track fader on the mixer. Monitors I put at about 50% volume.
This sounds fine in the room for listening but it results in some crap levels when recording so I know something is wrong.
Any suggestions? Care to share how you set levels? Thanks!