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Windows 7: What is level in Sound Properties?


07 Jul 2012   #1

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What is level in Sound Properties?

Hay,

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

I was playing around with my computer in the audio tab when i came across Sound properties, then i found something called "Level" I was wondering what is this tab for and what are the setting for:

Thank you,

Kian


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07 Jul 2012   #2
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Can you post a snip of this please?
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08 Jul 2012   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Can you post a snip of this please?
Here you go,


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08 Jul 2012   #4

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These are known as line levels or basically input levels. Think of them as in bound volume.
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08 Jul 2012   #5

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So what are they actually there for,
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08 Jul 2012   #6
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They control the amount signal for each item. There so you can adjust them to suit different scenarios. Sometimes a signal to a speaker will be too high distorted or a mic will be real sensitive so you lower the level.

Think of levels as water pressure, and volume as a faucet or valve. Higher pressure can give you more fidelity and the volume the decibel level, or loudness.
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08 Jul 2012   #7

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Basically they are there so you don't overdrive the amps ahead of them. A good rule of thumb is the 3/4 rule. When in doubt set it at 70% but if you hear distortions in the recording or through the speakers then back down, if not then raise until you hear distortions or less clarity then back them off. Very doubtful anything in line will heavily distort but I would stick with the 3/4 rule.
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