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post #1 of 14 Old 01-12-17, 03:35 AM Thread Starter
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Level too low -95dB

Hi guys,

Somewhat dazed and confused at the moment after battling with REW. More specifically this relates to "check levels".

All right I have gone down the path of wanting to 3 way active on a pair of Tympani 1D speakers.

Yes I know these were traditionally a 2 way speaker but the addition of a pair of Version 2 ribbons means I can now go 3 way.

I purchased an ECM Behnringer 8000 mic which seems to be a regular for this type of measurement use along with a Focusrite Scarlett Solo ( 2nd gen).

Okay I am testing 1 channel at a time so have gone for the first test the right hand side.

This means that I have gone RCA out R to RCA in on a minidsp.

The mic is connected XLR to XLR input on the focusrite.

I have tapped on the mic until it goes red or goes into clipping and determined what to set the gain or at least I think its set properly.

For the preferences I have left the driver as Java although there is the option of ASIO when setting preferences in REW. I have changed the speaker so its no longer
set at subwoofer.

I have also set the input and output devices as focusrite.

When I go to measurement I set the frequency range from 20 to 20,000.

I rang Behringer up to ensure there was no issue with the mic and we established there was nothing wrong as it would flash green when talking and I turned the gain all the way up it would go red.

I even used windows voice recorder and spoke in the mic and watched the meter go up and down.

I feel confident there are no issues with the mic.

The chap from Behringer suggested the real problem was signal was not getting routed back to REW properly.

When I check levels I get a consistent reading of -95dB and level too low.

If I actually disconnect the mic from the focusrite I get the same response.

Sound comes out of the speakers and is very audible. It goes up and down in line with changing the volume control on the preamp to the minidsp.

Not really sure what to do
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Re: Level too low -95dB

If you open the preferences window again, & look at it long enough ( especially the input selection ), you'll have one of those "doh" moments.

- Hint; the default state of REW's preferences leaves many single channel soundcards ( such as yours >> even though it's on the recommended list on the home-page ) disconnected at input.


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If you open the preferences window again, & look at it long enough ( especially the input selection ), you'll have one of those "doh" moments.

- Hint; the default state of REW's preferences leaves many single channel soundcards ( such as yours >> even though it's on the recommended list on the home-page ) disconnected at input.


Hi mate thanks for your response.

I am still a bit unsure so I have included photos of the relevant parts.

It shows the photo of the scarlett which I believe is 2 channel if I am not mistaken?

As you can see I have the 48v button pressed.

The gain is set about 12 oclock.

I am not sure if any further information is required.

Seem to be very much stuck here.
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Re: Level too low -95dB

If you plug your guitar into that Focusrite, & switch it's input type to "instrument", you'll get good guitar signal inputting into REW ( otherwise, the way you've currently configured REWs input select, means you'll get nada / just like you've already experienced ).

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Re: Level too low -95dB

Hi mate,

Sorry but you have lost me.

At the moment I have as the photo suggests button clicked to line and NOT instrument since I am using the mic and NOT a guitar.

I have the monitor switched to off.

I've been onto this for the last couple of days and just cant seem to see the forest from the trees.

I tried using the ASIO driver instead of Java and got no sound out of the speakers.

With the current setup I have sound coming out of the speakers. The mic is definately picking up but its not routing properly to REW.

I think from what you say I need to go back into the REW preferences and see if I can make a change there.

Thats why I included the photo so everyone could visually see what I was doing as opposed to saying something which didnt reflect what was really happening.

Unfortunately right now not having that doh experience.

Thanks for responding. I appreciate it. I know I am doing something wrong but cant figure it out at the minute.
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Re: Level too low -95dB

Earl,

Here is a photo I just took of the available options for input device.

I have tried them all but to no avail.

If I choose the bottom option that is microphone the check level comes out to -45dB. Obviously still too low.
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Re: Level too low -95dB

Ozzie,
In REW Soundcard/preferences it shows 'right' as input channel for the REW input.
Channel 1 is the left channel and channel 2 is the right channel on the Solo.
The mic is plugged into channel 1 - the left input channel on the Solo.

Select the 'left' input channel in REW soundcard/preferences and see if that helps.
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Ozzie,
In REW Soundcard/preferences it shows 'right' as input channel for the REW input.
Channel 1 is the left channel and channel 2 is the right channel on the Solo.
The mic is plugged into channel 1 - the left input channel on the Solo.

Select the 'left' input channel in REW soundcard/preferences and see if that helps.
Hi mate just to be clear if you look at the included photo in Preferences there is Input Device and Output device.

I have set that to Focusrite for BOTH.

Underneath that there is Input and Output.

I have set BOTH to left.

Are you saying I should set just Input to left and and leave output to left as well?

I have done this and I now get NO sound coming out of my magnepan speakers and the level is once again too low although this time
it is approximately -65dB.

I am at a loss as to what to do. Could it be that the focusrite and behringer simply dont couple with the laptop I am using?

I have gone into the sound card settings on the laptop and set it to focusrite. I have basically run out of options.

Thanks for your help.
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Re: Level too low -95dB

I may be confused.
The image in post 3 shows the input channel to be 'right'.
The image in Post 6 does not show which channel is chosen as it is obscured by the dropdown above.
My post clearly indicates the input is to be set to channel 1 / 'Left".
My post did not mention the output as you were successfully getting output from your chosen output channel i.e. 'Right.
My thought was:
Input = Left
Output = right (as shown)

I you indeed have left chosen for input now (instead of the right channel as shown in post 3) then the problem must be elsewhere.
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I may be confused.
The image in post 3 shows the input channel to be 'right'.
The image in Post 6 does not show which channel is chosen as it is obscured by the dropdown above.
My post clearly indicates the input is to be set to channel 1 / 'Left".
My post did not mention the output as you were successfully getting output from your chosen output channel i.e. 'Right.
My thought was:
Input = Left
Output = right (as shown)

I you indeed have left chosen for input now (instead of the right channel as shown in post 3) then the problem must be elsewhere.
Hi mate,

Good pickup.

I have made some progress although still not there.

What I have now done is as you said. The input is set to LEFT and the output is set to RIGHT.

I have experimented with ASIO as the drive instead of Java and I now get the following result:

Level Okay -22db.

Now I know the sound getting outputted from the speaker is well over that so whilst the original problem of "level too low -95db" has
been improved dramatically to an ok status I know that the speakers is giving sound which should be picked up more than what is happening.

What do you think?

I have kept input and output devices as Focusrite USB audio.

The mic is a metre away from the speaker and horizontal to the ground.

Both horizontal and vertical positioning gives the same figure.

I am experimenting with gain on the Focusrite where its levelled to just before clipping( flashing red on the dial) and turned the volume up on the minidsp
without the HF noise coming through if its too loud.

Cheers and thanks for your help.
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