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Low Sound Levels From Studio 24c

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asked Apr 6, 2021 in Studio Series USB Interfaces by jamesfryer2 (160 points)
I have the preamps on the Studio 24c turned to 100% gain to get reasonable levels in GarageBand or Studio One.

I am a complete novice in audio equipment, so there may be an obvious issue that I am overlooking. Any helpful advice would be appreciated.

I have an Audio-Technica ATR2100X and a Shure SM58 plugged into the Studio 24c connected to a 2015 MacBook Pro running macOS 11.2.3.

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answered Apr 25, 2021 by jamesfryer2 (160 points)
I had the opportunity to test a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and though it also produces low levels with both the Shure SM58 and the Audio-Technica ATR2100x, the levels are higher than with the Studio 24c.

A friend tested his Neat King Bee mic on both these audio interfaces and was getting good levels. So the takeaway is that Studio 24c really isn't a good choice for paring with anything but a high end mic. Which defeats the purpose of having a budget interface.

Even though the Scarlett is a bit more expensive and lacks the two MIDI ports of the Studio 24c, it's still the better choice because of its stronger pre-amp and it is considerably smaller.