I hope someone could give me some advice on the use of all the different volume controls there are. To me, as a non-professional, this is lately becoming a nightmare .
This is my confusion: There are SOOOOO many volume controls involved in the process of mixing a piece, that in the end, when I burn a piece to a CD and play it on my CD player, it's either generally too loud or too soft. I don't know how to handle all the controls. There are 8 controls in total!! I realize that, since I know little about these things, it might be obvious to professionals, but to me it doesn't make sense. First there is the volume control on my loud speaker, then there’s a separate one on the external sound card, then there's one in the system tray on the computer. When I open cubase there's a mixer with two volume controls for each instrument loaded in GPO vst. Then on the GPO VST there is another control that says Main Volume. And finally there is the modwheel.... I'm exhausted just listing them all .
Where does one begin? I usually create rough scores in Sibelius with no dynamic markings at all. I then import that score in MIDI format into Cubase to do the dynamics and all the rest.
How can one establish a kind of 'middle level' for the volume between all these controls? I hope I don't sound too silly here...
Can anyone give me some guidance? It will be much appreciated.