This has been on my mind for a long time, and finally had the time to write this...
May I ask why the output levels of Trilian are as hot as they are? Yes, I know I can pull them down. :-) But why not default levels to an accepted good practices for printing, such as 0vu = -18dbfs ?
We all used to make our libraries as loud and as hot as possible, to combat limitations of 16-bit samples, without regard to the next step-- but with hires virtual instruments that are integrated into a mix, default to "as loud as possible" only forces the user to always trim every time.
is there a way to set the default output of Trilian lower?
The docs say, "The output level of the part can be controlled in 1db increments. The default is -6db" - but that is NOT the case for many patches. Seems like many Trilian patches default to +1 or more. AND -- if you are in live mode, each part must be edited -- using the master volume is not practical if you want to map it to a volume pedal (come on, many bass players love using a volume pedal, why not keyboard bass too?) --
Can't use the mix output for each part either to do a global trim.
We need a trim or master gain for the plug, independent of expression pedal (cc10 or cc7).
PS -- I know that this won't demo well in a crappy MI store with salesmen who don't know anything about gain staging. And for those guys who like to mix at -.5 dbfs RMS, this is not for you either. But for everyone else, we are either trimming Trilian at the source, or blowing our bus out on input. For those that don't use outboard analog hardware, not as big a deal... but why not simply default the instrument to an optimal operating bus level?