I have a low level on all input channels of my AR12.
I cant get the signal meter to turn red no matter what is plugged in or how loud i scream into the mic.The level knob is cranked all the way. When recording a guitar or voice the level is low but usable. Compared to a midi signal which is very good.
Having just picked up an AR16 for use as a portable remote recording interface....I have noticed that when using ribbon mics, the gain has to be cranked to full-on to get any kind of level. This seems quite strange to me too, on any other console, these mics sound great at unity.
Anyone else notice this low gain at input(s)?
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We've recorded several times with the following inputs on my AR16, without a problem:
1 - Shure Beta 58, gain at Unity, low cut
3 - Shure Beta 52A kick, gain at Unity
4 - Sennheiser E604 snare, gain at Unity
5 - Rode NT1-A overhead, phantom power turned on, gain 9 o'clock
7 - Bass DI from Mesa Carbine M9, DI output set to 3 o'clock, AR16 channel gain set to Unity
8 - SM57 on guitar, gain at unity, low cut
9/10 - Sennheiser E609 on guitar, gain at 1 o'clock
When you test your dynamic mic, press Mute so it lights up and turn off your main fader on that channel, then crank your gain ALL the way up. You should see the red clip light. Then back off the gain while testing the mic with a volume as loud as you would have going into it. If you've got a condenser, make sure the phantom power is on -- and also make sure any other mics you have attached will not be damaged by phantom power.
Once your gain light is lighting up, unmute the channel and bring up the fader to Unity.
If your speakers are connected to the master outs, bringing up the Master fader will allow you to hear your mic. If your speakers are connected to Mon1/Mon2, you need to bring up those faders. If your speakers are connected to Control Room, you need to turn the knob for the control room. Same for headphones.
Here's a rough mix of a jam session song which was mixed through Studio One: https://soundcloud.com/solarfly73/mixdo ... fortesting
(Sorry the rhythm is off and I'm sure a ton of things could be better, it's a work in progress)
I recorded my Motown band at live gig with the AR-12 directly into Studio Live Capture and edited on SL3. The results were very good, with a wide variety of hard wired and w/less mics. The levels were good but hard to tell by the mixer. The channel gains never hit red, and gain pot is very touchy. All were up to almost full (4 oclock) and one channel (the lead singer)was slightly distorted.
I was pleased with the recording, but definitely feel the gain control on all channels are low.
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