Turn it up to 11! - John C. Kirk
Feb. 7th, 2007
09:48 pm - Turn it up to 11!
One tricky issue I've had with my computer recently is trying to find the right volume settings. It's normally not too bad, but when I hook up the MIDI keyboard the sounds are very quiet, and if I turn up the speakers then I get deafened by the "new mail" beep. As far as I can tell, the best solution is to turn up the speakers about half-way, put the "MIDI Synth" volume to maximum, and then set the "Wave" volume fairly low.
I've now found a related issue when I play CDs, particularly the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack (borrowed from a friend). Track 1 is fairly quiet, so I turned up the speakers, and had that playing in the background. Track 2 ("Overture/Hannibal") is somewhat louder... So, there I am, typing away, and suddenly I get the organ music of "BUM! BA-BA-BA-BA-BOOOM!" crashing out; almost made me jump out of my chair!
This has been a public service announcement :)
(As a side-note, I think that the "Overture" half of the track is far better than the "Hannibal" half.)