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Track Volume is Louder in Playback than in Live Monitoring

+1 vote
asked Jan 4, 2018 in Studio One 3 by cnedohin (680 points)

I've noticed that when I'm tracking, the volume of the source being live monitored (DAW monitoring), is lower than the volume of the recorded track in playback by about 6dB. i.e. if I'm tracking a vocal, I have to crank it up for the signer to hear himself, but when I play it playback, the vocal is really loud. 

Also, I can't just crank it up, I have to use the Focusrite's built in mixer to add dry vocal (via a send on the vocal channel), or the vocal sounds very wet because the dry send drop that 6dB or so, but the FX bus is monitoring at playback volume. 

My setup

  • Focusrite Red8 Pre Interface set to 128 sample block and 48 kHz sample rate
  • Drop Out Protection on Minimum, native low latency monitoring is greyed out.
  • Total plugin latency is 0ms (I like 0 latency plugin when tracking... i.e. I turn off the ms hogs). 
  • I'm using Slate VMR on the track, and slate VMR and VBC on the master. The reverbs are Slate VerbSuite. 
  • I have 2 sends going to reverb FX channels, which then route to an overall vocal FX bus.
  • I'm only recording one track at a time, not multiple.  

3 Answers

+1 vote
answered Jan 27, 2019 by enemigo (230 points)
I'm having exactly the sam issue, do you solve it?

I use Studio one 4. VMR with latency on 0. I tried with my Presonus Audiobox 44VSL interfase, also with an Eleven Rack as audio interfase, and the issue is the same.
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answered May 6, 2019 by juliensimoni (470 points)
Hi there,

Exact same problem with me MacBook Pro 2018 and my Prism Sound Lyra, I play the piano in midi and it bother me a lot when I playback what I just recorded it plays back I would say at least 12db higher I have to change the volume of my headphone every 30 second for every track I want to listen too it bother me a lot... anyone know how to playback same volume than recording?


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answered Jul 23, 2019 by kauffman214 (140 points)
I have the same issue.  Also, if I have multiple tracks playing back.  If I select one of those tracks, the db volume lowers.  This means that if I want to monitor the full mix, I have create a dummy track to select so that the active tracks are not muted.  It's a real problem and a barrier for mixing because you have to select the track to change levels and options.