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Old 7th March 2014
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Different Converters in Recording and Mixing Stage

hello friends!

Gain Staging is really important and so we all know that different converters have different reference levels - sweet spots - from -20 to -14dbfs. i own the lynx aurora 16 converters, so they are calibrated at -16dBFs for +4dBU..

so, what i do not understand is:
when you change the converter, e.G. i record my material, for example, on a lynx aurora and mix on a digi03 (which is calibrated at -18dBFs) the sound should be played back 2dB louder on digi system, right?

does then the level on the output main fader of the daw shows a different level? (+2dB??)?.. (when it displays -16dbFs average.. the sound should be 2db louder on the digi_rack?)
does it matter when you mix in the box.. (are the plugins in the seperate tracks influenfed by the converters reference level and driven too loud when i change to a digi rack?

sorry guys but i have no clue bout that and why this should happen,.. perhaps someone can explain that?

thx. sw
Old 7th March 2014
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Originally Posted by swinxx ➡️
hello friends!

Gain Staging is really important and so we all know that different converters have different reference levels - sweet spots - from -20 to -14dbfs. i own the lynx aurora 16 converters, so they are calibrated at -16dBFs for +4dBU..

so, what i do not understand is:
when you change the converter, e.G. i record my material, for example, on a lynx aurora and mix on a digi03 (which is calibrated at -18dBFs) the sound should be played back 2dB louder on digi system, right?

does then the level on the output main fader of the daw shows a different level? (+2dB??)?.. (when it displays -16dbFs average.. the sound should be 2db louder on the digi_rack?)
does it matter when you mix in the box.. (are the plugins in the seperate tracks influenfed by the converters reference level and driven too loud when i change to a digi rack?

sorry guys but i have no clue bout that and why this should happen,.. perhaps someone can explain that?

thx. sw
Once the audio is recorded to your storage medium, you can change convertors all you want, and the recorded levels will not change. If your convertors are part of the interface you're monitoring through, you might find a volume discrepancy at the monitor control, but that will have no impact on the internal workings of your pro tools session. You'll just have to turn the monitor knob up or down to compensate for those couple db difference (assuming you even notice any difference, which is unlikely).
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