hi. i think im the only one in the world maybe not getting this.
so its come to my attention that its ideal to not record hot, and generally record pretty low. ive seen several figures, and it seems like the consensus is to aim for somewhere between -12db and -18db.
what im not sure im getting is exactly how to get the ideal, "best" volume, and lowest noise to signal ratio. my interface is a tascam us-1800. im inquiring about everything im recording, but probably mostly with regard to the korg sv-1.
questions: 1. my interface is NOT a preamp, correct?
2. i read at least one person suggest to another that it was likely they ought to switch to the -10 (as opposed to +4) on the back of their interface for this keyboard. i havent tried this, and for the life of me i cant find any information on the sv-1 that confirms this. is this pretty important, or does pulling the recording input on acoustica down make up for using +4? i also ask because im recording a single isolated cymbal, for both crashes, and tapping like a ride. it came to my attention that i pretty much definitely need to use the -10 setting for recording a cymbal. so the same questions apply. i spent ages yesterday trying to get that damn cymbal recorded and to read that i should have used a different setting is frustrating, but ill definitely do it if there is a real difference.
3. generally what i just started doing was automatically putting the recording level on the acoustica meter at -15db. good idea? bad idea? indifferent? im mostly asking if this is the same way to achieve the same goal.
3 1/2. but im assuming theres still a lot more dealing with the sv-1 volume, and the tascam interface volume. ive been going pretty low on both generally, turning the master on the sv-1 down to 3. it feels to me like i MUST be cheating some of its tone, but i have tried recording it louder and im really not finding any difference. am i NOT cheating its tone? basically im just turning everything down to a really dark green level, distortion free. i still wind up finding hints of distortion if i raise the track back up to 0. i am also not finding all of this "headroom" people are talking about. everything DOES seem to sound pretty good, and it doesnt sound lacking or too quiet/low energy, and im told the real volume boost will be in the limiting process at the end. i just dont see much headroom at all when playing with the track levels. bringing it as high as possible doesnt seem to yield much difference, just a bit higher volume and introduces distortion.
4. i have read the following website very closely, and im a little confused. http://www.independentrecording.net/irn ... /index.htm
for starters none of these meters perfectly match the acoustica meters. im also a little confused about the measurements. on the acoustica master meter, 0 appears equal to "-12-". for lack of a better way to ask, what is this "-12-" number and what does it mean?
also, i dont remember what exactly it was i read on there, but i came away with the idea that the master meter is the slower acting meter, and the meters above the mixer board, in the "project" section, next to each track, is the fast acting meter that more closely reveals transients. am i correct in this?
one thing i do 'get', largely, is the concept of recording digital, and that raising volumes simply raises "loudness", so i understand that much where it applies.
any help/advice is much appreciated. thanks in advance.