i am using the delta 1010lt cards in my current setup, sonar 6 pe, and was wondering what difference it would make on my recordings. i want to get my tracks to punch more on the front end. was hoping that with this and a preamp would result in better tracks. i believe that i have it set on -10 db now and would like to hear from guys with experience...Rip, jemaholic, and Wolfram most notably.
The line levels you speak of will have no effect on the actual "sound".
output levels come in typically 3 flavors.
Mic level output -40
unbalanced line -10
balanced line +4
Most consumer equipment looks for -10 (anything rca, 1/4 (tip/sleve), 1/8..etc)
Balanced is where more "pro" stuff is looking for +4
XLR, 1/4 TRS (tip, ring, sleeve)
Example: today i did a pretty big commercial spot.
It was shot on HighDef so I sent my mix to the camera which looks for +4 line level.
I also sent my mix to my portable recorder which also looks for +4 line.
But I also had to send my mix to the Video assist person (person who records the picture/sound to his own deck so when the director wants to see
a playback he does it from his own equipment so the camera never has to rewind)
Anyway, this guy needed an rca feed from me...which i immediately understood.. -10
If i would have sent him a +4 the sound going into his system would have been to hot (loud) and it would have distorted.
Back on subject, you need to find out what your delta wants to see.
Look it up.
Remember, if you send a +4 signal into something looking for a -10
it will distort way easier.
If you send a -10 signal into something looking for a +4
you will have to turn the volume up way higher than you should to get a good level, in turn creating more hiss and noise in your signal.
Hope this helps, Im burnt out right now and probably not making much sense.