I am trying to record audio from a Philips VR 948 S-VHS Videorecorder with my Apogee Duet 2 audio interface. Somehow the input signal is at -10 dB (or about 10-15 dB lower) on the audio interface (Analoge Level set to -10 dBV), while on the video recorder the level is shown as 0 to 3 dB.
The cinch audio output from the VR is connected through a cinch-xlr cable with the breakout cable of the Apogee Duet.
The Apogee has 4 different input settings (1. Line in +4 dBu, Line in -10 dBV, Mic and Inst), but only the two line in settings go right to the A/D, while Mic and Inst goes through an amp first.
I guess that my setting is right, but I do not understand why there is such a huge signal discrepancy between the output level on the VR and the input level on the Duet? Could it be the cable (2-3m) or is something broken?
What is going on?
I am currently recording 96kHz/24bit at minus 10-12 dB and normalizing everything in Sound Forge after I recorded. Would that be ok?
Thanks in advance!
VCR audio levels with peak 0 dB
Input levels in Maestro 2 with peak -15/20 dB
Recording level in Sound Forge with peak -12 dB