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How to increase PODxt clean recording level?
by rualark on 2011-12-04 02:22:14

Hello everybody.

I want to say that I have been using Line6 POD xt for several years and I could not solve this problem yet.

The problem is: when you try to record clean variax guitar (connected to VDI) over USB, the recording level is very low, even if  you increase PODxt monitor level to maximum.


I tried this with both Variax 700 guitar and Variax Bass 700. Main problem is with the Variax Bass. Variax 700 guitar has better clean output (about 12 bit).

I tried Windows XP and Windows 7 - the same.

I tried Cubase, Sonar, Adobe Audition. All the same.

Master input level in Windows is maximum.

http://clip2net.com/clip/m32789/1323004599-clip-149kb.png?nocache=1

Hereis the recording level of Variax Bass 700: http://clip2net.com/clip/m32789/1322994189-clip-24kb.png?nocache=1

Hereare my settings in Audio-MIDI devices: http://clip2net.com/clip/m32789/1322993605-clip-14kb.png?nocache=1

Youcan easily see that sound level is about +700 -700, which uses about 10 bits out of a 16 bit signal. And you know that recording at 10 bits is a problem for getting good music quality.

Can anybody suggest, how to increase the recording level over USB?

Thank you in advance!



Re: How to increase PODxt clean recording level?
by Nick_Mattocks on 2011-12-04 04:28:31

Hi

What Operating System  and recording application are you using?

You normally set the master input level in the OS's audio mixer console under Record settings - and in Windows this does affect ASIO driver settings too.

Some DAW applications like the more recent versions of Cubase allow you to control the input levels directly from within the application.

Nick



Re: How to increase PODxt clean recording level?
by rualark on 2011-12-04 05:17:29

Thank you for your reply.

I tried Windows XP and Windows 7 - the same.

I tried Cubase, Sonar, Adobe Audition. All the same.

Master input level in Windows is maximum.

http://clip2net.com/clip/m32789/1323004599-clip-149kb.png?nocache=1

SoI mean - how to increase clean recording volume if I need to? It seems to me that there is no way to do it.



Re: How to increase PODxt clean recording level?
by Nick_Mattocks on 2011-12-04 05:47:07

Hi

Yes I see what you mean.  Sorry.  I can't immediately think of a way to increase your levels other than to do it within the DAW itself.  I still have an XT Live but I rarely use it now and in any event I tend to use a Yamaha 01v96v2 as my main audio interface using mLAN.

Nick



Re: How to increase PODxt clean recording level?
by rualark on 2011-12-04 05:56:05

Well, using additional hardware for recording brings quality degradation.

If guitar is plugged into POD, it seems better to record it in POD.



Re: How to increase PODxt clean recording level?
by Nick_Mattocks on 2011-12-04 08:07:48

Not really in any noticeable or practical way IME if the audio quality coming out of the POD is good and the audio interface is good quality.   I agree it's theoretically better to keep it in the digital domain if you can however. 

I'll try and dig my XTL out to take a look at your issue though.  It is a bit buried under other stuff

I notice that you are using what looks to be a Russian version of Windows 7.  I know that other users have had some issues using that version in the past, but wouldn't like to say for certain that your issue is related or not.

Nick




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