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Numark TTUSB turntable volume problems, How to increase the volume of converting vinyl
chipdominator
post Feb 7 2010, 13:07
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Hello there,
I have converted some vinlys to my mac and then burnt them to a CD, but the sound volume on the CD is very low, different to a CD that you buy from the shop. Does anyone know how to increase the sound when you burn a CD or convert from vinly to the PC. THanks in advance regards.
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chipdominator
post Feb 8 2010, 10:54
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Hi thanks for that, yes i am using a USB. I just found a dial under the USB Turntable. Called a gain dial. Not sure why they called it Gain, rather than volume. I have turned that on to max and it is much louder. I tested it verse a normal CD purchased from the shop and the volume after i have the gain dial up to max. Once i burnt the CD i played it and it is marginally lower than the purchased Cd but good enough for what i need to do.

So thanks for the support and advice, i appreciate it sincerely. It has been a great help
Thanks again
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post Feb 8 2010, 14:49
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QUOTE (chipdominator @ Feb 8 2010, 09:54) *
Hi thanks for that, yes i am using a USB. I just found a dial under the USB Turntable. Called a gain dial. Not sure why they called it Gain, rather than volume. I have turned that on to max and it is much louder.

It's quite unusual to find a gain control on a USB turntable - so kudos to Numark for including one.

I'm going to assume that the gain control on your TT is adjusting the signal level emerging from the built-in phono preamp. Turning it to max may not necessarily be the best thing in all cases, because on a vinyl record that is cut at a high level, it's possible that the signal level will be too high for the A/D converter and result in clipping. Digital clipping is the last thing you ever want when recording your LPs.

You should do some experiments by finding a fairly loud LP, and recording its loudest section with the TT's gain control set at various positions. For each test recording, use an audio editor to find the peak level of the file. What you should be aiming for is to set the gain control to a position where the peak level on a loud record is around the -3dB mark. That will leave a bit of headroom while still giving you a decent recording level.
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