I have a TF Pro M16. I have a few issues with it and Im hoping you guys might be able to help.
1.The mic pres seem to be outputting at a relatively low level. I have to get the meters to read +12 before I get a decent level in to my pro tools rig (+4 –18dbfs) Maybe my meters are just off, but it seems like I can distort the mic pre before I can distort pro tools.(lynx aurora converters)
2. The “main outs” of the mixer seem to be generating something close to mic level on their output. The other mix and monitor outs seem to be working okay. Is this normal?
The output level from the mic amps is intentionally low compared to the main outputs, this is so that a suitable overload margin is retained. To use the direct outputs, the record inputs should be re-configured to a suitably lower level, around 26dB below clip, and should be ‘bridging’ inputs; that is, NOT 600 ohm..
The main outputs (and the monitor outputs) are designed to operate at zero level with a clip level at about +25dBu. If you are getting apparent low level on the main outputs, I would suggest that the connections are not correct…. this is an electronic floating output and if the ‘pin 3’ or ‘ring’ of the jack is not connected then the output will look very low indeed.
I have posted this as it might be useful to other users of the M16…… I know that a number of studios use them as stereo sub-mixes for drums…. and to get that transparrent sound, the overload margin is all important!