There was a similar question previously (https://yamahasynth.com/index.php?option=com_easydiscuss&view=post&id=3846&Itemid=851), but it wasn't clear exactly what was being asked, so let me try this a different way.
On my CP4 (which I love), suppose I call up one of the default performances that use the AP samples (like the first one which uses the CFX). The "main" volume setting for the performance is at a full 127, I believe. Then I set the global volume knob to somewhere around 75%.
When I listen through decent, normal headphones (AKG K 240s) plugged directly into the headphone jack, if I play a loud, full chord, it distorts a lot for the first few moments of the chord.
If I keep the volume knob at 75% or higher and run through the unbalanced outs to a mixer, then run from the mixer to speakers or headphones, it's also distorted.
If I turn down the global volume knob to 50%, and listen directly into the headphones, there's no more distortion. But it's not loud enough anymore.
If I turn down the global volume knob to 50%, and run through the unbalanced outs to a mixer, then turn up any combination of gain/volume/headphone level in the mixer, it sounds glorious either through speakers or headphones.
I get it that it's my job to find appropriate gain levels for all the links in the signal chain, and I'm fine with that. My question is really just:
- Does this match how other people's boards behave?
- Am I right that there's no way to get a good, loud sound over my headphones without using a mixer?
- Does this indicate that the CP4 has a combination of high signal levels and a weak headphone amplifier that doesn't work very well?
- Does everybody keep their volume at 50% or less all the time?
Sorry for all my ignorance, but I'm just curious here.
Thanks in advance.