Hmmmnn ... this could be correct but it depends on what you mean.
first, your average synth will output at -10. Which means it practically needs around 8db
of gain on the input channel. Some synths run slightly hotter (Korg are nearer -8) and
some are lower than claimed. Some have balanced connections which means that they lose a
few db when you use unbalanced cables.
Then there are the patches themselves.
As you say, some can peak quite high which leads me to think that the synth has been
programmed to err on the side of caution. This is now more commonplace with modern synths
as the previous generation (such as early VA synths) often overdrove the levels internally
resulting in nasty distortion. So these days, sound designers leave a little more
headroom. Which results in 'quieter' patches.
If I were you, before I started
phoning people up, I'd try the following :
- choose one of your 'loud'
- connect your synth to channel 1 line in
- on the channels, set the
gain to '-10' (as indicated on the outer ring)
- set the channel 'level' to U (no eq
- set your volume on the synth to maximum (duh!
play your patch
The output level should be close to 0 now. And your other
patches should be closer to -10 than -20. At this point, I would probably edit the 'loud'
patches to reduce the volume a bit to match the other patches, and up the gain a little on
Try that and let us know how that goes ...
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