“Explain Like I’m 5″: Audio Levels December 11, 2014 20:22 8 Comments
What's the difference between "pro" and "consumer" line levels?
Is it ok to plug an instrument into a line level input?
What's the difference between peak and RMS levels?
In the long-awaited return of our "Explain Like I'm 5" podcast series, Peterson and new DIYRE team member, Chris, explain the basics of audio levels.
- Can you damage equipment by plugging the wrong thing in?
- In analog audio Volume = Voltage
- The difference between peak and RMS volume
- RMS is a way of measuring AC as if it were DC
- The most common levels you'll encounter in the studio:
- +4dBu, pro line level (1.22V)
- -10dBV, consumer line level (.316V)
- Mic level
- Instrument level
- Tangent: why are microphone output levels so low?