CS70 wrote:Didn't ADAM monitors have a switch to change between the two levels? You are using it when moving from RCA to XLR, right?
Yep, exactly. There is a switch, I use it. In previouse post I wrote that with another sound card ti is super much louder - I am lissening now and really differecne in volume is not that drastic, and I even wouldn't have written about it here if it was only about volume, cause I can rise it on monitor (now it is on 0 and can be rised up to +18db).
Yeah that's why the gain controls are there - if a source has slightly lower output than a referenced one, you compensate with that.
But boosting it like that does not giving desired result - sound becomes muddy. So for now I tend to think that there is some problems with my UR22.
Ha, That would make me think that there's a problem with the monitors! :D
But of course it can be the UR22 as well.
Which musical material are you using for comparison?
It behaves like if it have only unballanced outputs - through unbalanced cable it sounds rather loud (if to compare with same levels but through balanced) and quality of sound is normal, and with M-audio through ballanced cables it sounds about 30% louder, but it percived even louder because of entire range of frequencies and especially low and high frequencies are better heard.
For a short cable length, so long the right inputs and outputs are used, there shouldn't really be any sonic difference at all between balanced and unbalanced unless you have a radio station emitter on the side - I mean, in term of muddiness and such.
If you have two signals and one is louder, Fletcher-Munson will apply so higher and lower freqs will stand out more with the loudest one (perhaps that's exactly what you were referencing to); and therefore any midrange (mud) will subjectively stand out more with the less loud signal.
So in general you should aim for the same loudness when you compare.
Even if your monitor gain knobs are at zero, you can turn down the playback volume to lower down the integrated loudness when you use the "louder" interface to get (whereabouts) similar levels, to compare the sound. Or you can do two bounces of the same recording, one less loud than the other.
Also since it's two different hardware devices, check out that Windows is not tricking you, as level and sound effect settings are per-device, so it's not a given they are the same when you swap..