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Old 01-12-2003, 01:11 PM
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Default INPUT GAIN behind speakers

Is this a 'play it by ear' type of thing or should you do as the manual says for optimal response? When I had my Mackie 824's, I remember having the input gain behind each speaker set to max, therefore keeping the 'control room' knob on my mixer very low.

In the manual for the Alesis M1mk2, they highly recommend keeping the input gain at 6 or 7. They don't say why, they just mention that one should never keep those values at maximum gain. Go figure...

So, is there a genereal rule to all this?
I experimented and found that having the input turned up to max delivered a slightly better, crisper sound, although it can be all psych, dunno, what's the conclusion from all you pros?

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Old 01-12-2003, 02:32 PM
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Default Re: INPUT GAIN behind speakers

My HR824s are set to about 1/4.

I was quite surprised by their high sensitivity when used with my 1604-VLZ PRO (via the Control Room outs). With the HR824s set higher, I couldn't get much mileage from the Control Room volume pot.

I suggest setting your mixer's Control Room knob to about half way, then adjust the monitor's gain to a good working level. This'll provide room in the knob to monitor loud for brief moments, and back it off as well.

Using a larger portion of the knobs travel will also lessen the chance of wear and tear caused by working the pot across the one spot continuously.

Regarding the Alesis comment, I assume they're speaking of a general rule re optimal signal-to-noise, however to say one should stick to a certain number on a scale on a number 0-10 without reason is a little ignorant IMO.

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Old 01-12-2003, 04:15 PM
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Default Re: INPUT GAIN behind speakers

Our Genelecs are the same, with input levels on the back. they are set to match our NS-10's, so no matter which set we are on, the SPL is the same.

In general you should set the input sensitivity to match your console output, so that at max on the control room out you do not overload the speakers and risk damage.

Hope this is helpful.
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