Academy Dashboard Forum Studio Gear Talk What signal levels to expect from a keyboard line out?

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  • #87556
    Chin Shin Wong
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      Hi,

      I own a Roland FA-06 and since the documentation says the line outs are balanced, I'm running the line outs into my audio interface line inputs (no preamp) without going through a DI box. The signal I'm getting from it is rather anaemic though. If I play normally with the keyboard's volume knob dimed, I'm getting about -30 to -25 dB registered on my Presonus Universal Control meters, -20 dB if I whack the keyboard really hard. I've gain-staged all the rest of my audio devices to register roughly around -12 dB so this is making it difficult fo me to properly mix my keyboards in.

      Would anybody be able to tell me what's the signal level to expect from a keyboard that's reasonable? I'm not sure if the signal level is really lower than what I should expect or if I'm just running all the rest of my devices too hot. Alternatively, I can just run the signal from my keyboards into a preamp and boost up the signal but I wanted to get some advice on this first from others.

      Thanks, Wong

      #87557
      JJ Wright
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        One thought, are you using TRS or TS cables to connect? Theoretically if the outputs are balanced you should be using TRS cables, and I believe I've encountered situations where using a TS cable in a balanced jack caused low output issues.

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        Chin Shin Wong
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          Thanks, I'm definitely using TRS cables.

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