There is no recording hot involved, this simply is too low a digital signal coming from the plugin via digital USB, there are no dynamics involved at all. The dynamic processing was done before the signal left the DT. It’s simply a digital signal that needs boosting to be in the same level domain as all the other signals in the DAW without having to use an external means of increasing the volume.
I’m starting to feel that maybe it’s unique to my system or box, it seems the only explanation of why it isn’t a glaringly obvious issue for everyone. I’ve made my living for most of the last 25 years from music, DSP and sound design and still do, I do understand how things work.
The discussed 6db boost would make all the difference. As I said before, no issues with the other 2 OB boxes, just the DT. I’m not meaning to insult or argue with anyone, just explaining that it is an annoying issue which is unrelated to dynamics whatsoever and could be easily solved with a simple multiplier in the plugin. Again I’m happy for people that are happy with it such as yourself and Dave, I wish I was too :).
It’s just frustrating to see it dismissed as a mixing domain issue/necessity which not the case. That ends before it leaves the box, it’s presented as a digital signal inside the DAW exactly like a VST Multi-timbal Instrument. Of course in the box itself the signals are at lower levels that will never clip, but that signal inside the DAW should scale into a sensible working DAW level. At that point it’s just a source for the mixing domain the same as a multi-channel VSTi. It is then in then the mixer strip that represents the headroom before clipping which is why boosting using a VST boost of some kind will not clip before the DAW does. It’s our responsibility to manage gain staging as part of the mixing process. Imagine if Kontakt for example needed a 3rd party level booster on its individual channels…
Perhaps the way I use it is also a factor, I use the 8 individual outputs and only use the master for fx returns. I use it to record straight to individual Stems without processing. I usually have over 30 channels of OB, Virus USB and regular audio ins and in this situation it’s extremely noticeable and painful how quiet the DT source is. They are not even visible in the recorded WAVs.
Anyway I’ll shut up about it, hopefully we will be given this option to boost it in the future. I never imagined OB would become a central part of my rig, aside from this it’s a revelation.
Now back to the meseeks side of things, yes it’s solved!!!