I am curious to know if I am doing something wrong here. When creating my own patches on the UDO Super 6, this is how I generally approach the gain staging:
- Set Master volume to: 0dB
- Set VCF drive
- Set VCA dynamics
- Set VCA envelope
- Set VCA ENV level to achieve desired amplitude (usually between 0-4dB)
Using this approach I am able to create patches that are loud enough, with the noise floor being around -88dB, and more importantly the consistent enough between my various patches (rarely do I need to adjust the master volume if I have set the right VCA ENV level).
However it seems the factory patches take a different approach (they are much quieter than my own), even those in the recently released UDO Patch Pack. In order to achieve decent volumes, I find I have to raise the Master volume to full (6dB), or adjust the VCA ENV level per patch, but not both obviously as this would lead to clipping. Raising the Master volume lifts the noise floor to -70dB, still within the acceptable range, but this seems sub-optimal.
Am I doing something wrong here? I don’t think so according to my own logic and hearing. My patches sound great. Are the factory patches intentionally saved in this way? This seems weird to me, when compared to most other synths I am using.
(Note: I am using unbalanced cables, into the unbalanced inputs on my RME Babyface Pro FS, -10dbV, no extra gain added to the input - This seems to be right).
Hoping someone can reassure me, or give some advice.