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Bimpy666 11-11-2012 03:36 AM

Recording Help - Audio Levels
So a friend of mine, a non-musician, has asked me about something that I have no
idea about and was wondering if anyone here could help me. This is his question:

What I'm looking for is something that limits the volume in headphones in the same way as the apple iPod soundcheck.
So what I'm doing is I'm monitoring the audio from my mic through my camera in real time through a pair of headphones, but the person's voice is often really soft so I have to turn the volume up real loud, which works, but then if there is a loud noise close to the camera it will absolutely blow my eardrums out lol.
So do you know of any headphones/attachments that you choose like a volume level and then everything coming through at or below that level will be the same volume but anything louder will be limited at that max volume, like iPod's souncheck (not the sound limiter).?

Normally I can help him with his questions, but this confused me so I figured UG was the best place to ask.

All help is appreciated, thanks in advance.

P.S. Feel free to redirect me if I should be posting this somewhere else

chatterbox272 11-11-2012 05:37 AM

Some form of compressor is what you're after I think.

hamza hashmi 11-11-2012 09:19 AM

a compression device. you can use it after recording in a daw ( digital audio workstation) like sonar, cubase or reaper.

axemanchris 11-11-2012 11:07 AM

A limiter is exactly what you are describing. Now, most limiters, except for some of the most expensive ones, are sold as "compressor/limiters" or "dynamics processors."

Next step: do you want to record the "limited" source, or the "actual" source? There are logistic considerations for how you would need to set that up.


Bimpy666 11-12-2012 02:46 AM

I think he wants to record the actual source, but wants the playback in the headphones while he's recording to be limited if that's at all possible

axemanchris 11-12-2012 08:40 AM

That's fine. It just means you put the limiter between the recorder and the headphones instead of between the mic and the recorder.


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