Im starting to try and learn a bit more about audio work.
I do some recording for a local TV station. I just bought an Mackie Onyx Satellite, into which I plug a shure SM63 mic. Basically I have to turn the gain on the mic channel all the way up to get this handheld mic registering levels -10 to 0db.
I wouldn't record quite that hot obviously, but just wanted to check I'm going about the process correctly. It's the same with most mics and mixers I use - I just thought since I'm always having to turn the gain 100% I might be doing something wrong - obviously a novice feels better when a dial is at halfway, giving you room to move either side.
Please excuse my newness, but does this all sound about right/common? Am i missing an extra stage of mic pre-amping or such somewhere?
From the Mackie manual "1. Channel GAIN
The GAIN controls adjust the input sensitivity of the
mic and line inputs on channels 1-2. This allows the
signal from the outside world to be adjusted to optimal
internal operating levels.
If a mic-level signal is plugged into the XLR combo
jack, there is 0 dB of gain (unity gain) with the knob
turned all the way down, ramping up to 60 dB of gain
When using the balanced line input of the combo jack
(1/4" TRS connector), there is 20 dB of attenuation
all the way down, and 40 dB of gain fully up, with a