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Old 12-27-2013, 06:01 PM   #25
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Ideally you would run your line out at unity and use the monitor's volume control to set the actual listening level. If 12 oclock is too loud then turn it down! This is gain staging and it's for noise purposes. You are adding some noise between the computer and the monitors. The bigger the actual desired signal in that line is, the less you have to turn up the noise in order to get a decent level. In general, we want to get all the gain we need as early in the chain as possible.

OTOH - If you're not having noise problems and that V control on the computer is more convenient for you, then it's not really a problem. This all happens in the monitor chain, and won't really affect the recording itself, unless that noise is masking something in the recording that influences your decision.
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