I am writing to ask if you give me a few information about the Input Gain and the Vu meter of the Joemeek VC1Qcs .
When I am up to record vocals, the Vu meter, which is extremely sensible, very often exceeds the 0 dB threshold reaching a maximum peak (+3 DB). The sound does not appear to be distorted, but isn’t the Input Gain supposed not to ever exceed the 0 DB?
With a lot of less expensive equipment, you are right; for example, it’s very unwise to exceed the zero point on any Behringer equipment…. but with a unit like the old VC1Qcs it is perfectly OK to slam the meter into the red. The rule should be, ‘use your ears!’ All my equipment is designed to handle large overloads and this is one of the secrets of a smooth professional sound. Don’t worry too much if the meter slams into the red!