i'm recording vinyls onto cassettes using a nakamichi cr-1a tape deck. i'm wondering what level i should let the recording "go up to". reading left to right on the tape deck it has numbers in green reading ( in db's) -30, -20, -10, -05, then in red numbers reading 0, +3, +5, +7. i made a couple recordings letting the numbers go up to +3 db but not over that and it sounds good. so what numbers should i let this go up to? any comments welcome. thanks
Correct. Up to 0 dB and allow occasional peaks to exceed that a bit, that way you get the best signal-to-noise ratio (and good volume). And you're getting good results/sound so there ya go.
If you were recording to digital (for instance a CD-R recorder) it's different, you would set it so it NEVER goes above 0 dB.
Chrome or Metal are better with over saturation but may sound a little grainy, albeit with better dynamics and less hiss.
A properly tuned Nak can do well with averages at 0db and peaks at +5, however playback on a non-Nakamichi may suffer at that level of saturation.
As the owner of two Naks (LX-5, ZX-7) I restrict recording levels to no more than +3dB peaks. I've always used either Chrome (high bias) or Metal tape. My results have always been good.
BTW: The plural of vinyl is vinyl.
for the correct plural of vinyl. cheers, now i know