[Ardour-Users] Ardour input level issues

Dan Tepper soundman at wintaper.com
Wed Oct 24 12:48:49 PDT 2007

or more likely, you may be sending a line-level signal into a mic-level

In either case, it is most likely that you are overloading the analog
inputs to your soundcard. Turn down the output of your mixer.

Ardour only shows you the level AFTER Analog-to-Digital conversion. If
you distort in the analog stage, it will sound distorted regardless of
the levels you see in your DAW software.

John Rigg wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 02:31:05PM -0400, Thomas Dermako wrote:
>> Still working on this - here's a screenshot.
>> http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd284/dermakot716/Screenshot.png
>> Notice that the meter shows -3 db max, but the audio is quite distorted.
>> This time I'm not monitoring thru the board at all and the levels are set
>> really low. Yeah ok, behringer's crap, but I've been using this to monitor
>> for over a year now with no probs. Any other ideas?
> Sounds like a sound card problem, eg. your card has unbalanced
> inputs designed for a much lower level than the line level outputs
> on your mixer. What card are you using?
> John
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