Topic: 9652 + ADI-8 DS Headroom problem
I'm trying to figure out why I have some distortion happening on my system while there should be plenty of headroom with these setup. Manual says +9dB at +4dBu.
I send a test generator signal out from cubase at -0.2dB
Signal goes via ADAT to the ADI-8
ADI-8 connected to an API 5500 EQ
Back to ADI-8 and Cubase.
With this test signal, as soon as I clip the input (on totalmix) there is distortion. Doesn't really seem to matter where I gain the signal up, the input seems to be where the clipping appears.
I'm not sure if this comes from the ADI-8 or the 9652 though.
I would want to be able to use this extra available headroom, first to not have to pay too strict attention while using outboard FX and check all the time if there is clipping. And second I heard many times that analog devices are meant to be used with some extra output gain to give more character.
I'm no expert though, could anyone assist me on what could cause the problem here, or how to make a more accurate test if needed...