This is probably a very easy one, but can’t find the answer.
I am using a ZOOM R8 USB recorder interface to track some acoustic guitars in Cubase 5. On said interface, I adjusted the input gain to be just below 0 dB to avoid clipping.
When I record the song in Cubase and watch the track level meter, and more precisely the peak value, it tops at a sharp -3dB. So my track is always too quiet to my taste and I have to apply Gain.
Since I near 0dB on the USB interface, why is Cubase seeing the peaks as being only -3dB ?
Is there a parameter or other configuration that I am unaware of that is causing this?
I am using Cubase 5 original settings (no pan law), no plugins whatsoever. Just bare bones.
I have the same situation when recording vocals with a SM58.
I doubt that this is coming from the ZOOM.
Thanks in advance for your help!