I was hoping someone might be able to offer some insights.
We're running a Behringer x32 in our room and we've been getting some distortions in our recording. I talked to a radio announcer friend who told me that the distortions were caused by the gain being to high into the recorder(not counting the times when we screwed up mic placement), which sounded odd to me because the input on the channel meter is extremely low. I talked to my sister's husband, who is a band director, and he told me that he'd had the exact problem before and that our speakers were too loud and needed to be turned down.
I played around with our speakers and our dbx driverack PA+ setup but wasn't able to change much, even with bypassing the driverack and going directly into the speakers from the board. I'm not sure if the driverack setup is actually helping, it only has setup options for biamping or passive speakers. We have 1 set of powered speakers so I don't think either option applies. In either case it's expecting to have an amplifier between the driverack and the speakers and ours are built into the speakers.
I've seen videos of people explaining something with the behringer and when they speak into their mic the channel meter light up into the yellow, by comparison ours rarely goes above -60 on the meter, even with the gain cranked up to scary levels. I'm not actually sure what it should look like, but I'm pretty sure we're not running at unity gain.
I did my testing with a shure wireless mic, with the gain set at +8 or +10 on the receiver box, and still wasn't able to get it above -30 on the meter while talking loudly into it.
Has anyone encountered something like this, or have any advice?
Our room is setup with JBL EON 612 powered speakers. They have both input volume control and master volume. I'm not sure if we should set the master and only adjust the input, or vice versa.
I've put forth a proposal to update equipment and actually mount speakers where they're supposed to be, but it could be years or decades before it actually gets done. In the meantime, I'd like to do what I can to get things to run better.
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