M Box2 - Audio Output Low in Headphones

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by smurphy28, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2005

    I've used garageband a lot and decided to move up and purchased the Digidesign M Box 2 with Pro Tools LE. It's up and running fine on my G5 1.6Ghz (w/ one 80GB HD (Boot) and a 250GB HD; 2 gigs of Ram). I loaded the sample recording and the volume coming in to the headphones is very low. I have to turn the knob all the way up to hear the tracks. Why is this? How can I fix it?

    Sorry for the stupid question... I just can't find anything on this.

  2. macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    You may need to buy a heaphone preamp.

    I must warn you about using headphones at higher volumes.

    This is serious stuff.

    I spent a year putting together a 15 song multi-track demo, spending countless hours listening though headphones to record, sequence, rough mix etc. After a while you get ear fatigue and wanting to hear every nuance you
    turn up the volume.

    Little did I know how dangerous this was.

    Shortly after I completed my project, I noticed that my ears would not stop ringing.

    I went to the audiologist and had my hearing tested.

    I had permanent irreversable nerve damage.

    A year later, I was clinically deaf in my right ear with more than
    50% loss in the left ear.

    Using headphones is necessary to track, but you need to keep it at a volume just enough to monitor what you're doing.

    The rest should be done through powered near field monitors and those
    should be kept at a reasonable volume.

    Headphones are dangerous and the results of over exposure can lead to permanent hearing loss.
    Be careful mate.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2005
    Thanks for the warning and I agree. I've had that happen before when working on a record for my band a while back. Now I'm in the driver seat and it is good to keep in mind...

    Do you think that's what I need - a headphone preamp? Shouldn't the M Box2 have a preamp for headphones? I'm so confused with this thing... Maybe it is too advanced for someone coming off Garageband...
  4. macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Unless there's something wrong with the headphone output on your M-box it may just be that the signal isn't very loud.
    Or your headphones need a stronger signal.

    If they work fine on a regular headphone jack on other equiplment, then
    maybe it is the M-box.

    You might call Digidesign support and ask if your situation is normal.

    I can barely hear a regular telephone that's plenty loud for most people, so I'm wondering if you may also want to check with an audiologist.

    If you've been working with headphones for a while, I would take special care to monitor your hearing.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2005
    The audio is perfect when I record and I can hear it well in the headphones but on playback it is soft.

    I don't know if that helps more... It has to be my settings I think. Why would it work well when recording and not on playback?
  6. macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    I can only guess that maybe the playback output is meant to go to
    near field monitors.

    Otherwise there may be a volume setting somewhere in the program that I'm not familiar with.

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