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M Box2 - Audio Output Low in Headphones

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    #1
    Hello:

    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.


    Thanks!
     
  2. macrumors 68030

    FFTT

    #2
    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. macrumors newbie

    #3
    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

    FFTT

    #4
    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. macrumors newbie

    #5
    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

    FFTT

    #6
    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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