I'm still getting used to how the Axe II recording levels work. Everything is working, but some things have changed that I'm not sure I understand yet.
1) When using the USB to record into Logic Pro 9, I understand that the signal is digital before going to internal D/A converters in the Axe. But in order to get the level going into Logic high enough on the slider (even close to yellow, but hardly gets there), I have to have the levels within the preset up. I usually have the Master volume on the amp way up to get a certain tone and then bring the level on the amp model down (this is what I did on the Ultra). But this results in low USB level in the AXE II so I have to bring the level on the amp model up to 0 db or so (usually down at -10 db because I have the master up so high). On the Axe II I bring down the headphone volume way down and everything is fine. I just want to make sure this is normal.
2) For various reasons, I'm stilling working out some clicking static hiss when playing back from any program on a Mac into the USB Axe. So for now I'm using my Duet2 interface. Now I run into a different level issue. I take the balanced outs and go into Duet2 line ins (-10db). Everything works great, but the levels were too low even on a -10db setting, so I had to bring the Level Out 1 knob way up to about 1 oclock (it was down at 5 oclock for the headphones in #1 above). But now the levels in the headphones are way too loud. So I moved the headphones to the Duet2 and the volume is perfect and levels into the Duet2 is fine. In this case the Axe II is working just like my Ultra used to work.
Maybe I'm making a mistake with regard to the unity gain system on the Axe II. I can't figure out why I have to have the volume levels WITHIN a preset so high to get the USB levels into logic at a reasonable level (in which case the Output Level 1 knob has to be very low for headphones), and then when I use the balanced outs into the Duet, I have to turn the Level Output 1 knob way up to get levels right in the Duet2, but then can't use the headphones in the Axe II because it's screaming loud.
Can I only choose one of the two methods? I'm missing something regarding how the levels work in all these methods. Not sure this makes sense, but in other words, I can't find a scenario where the level into Logic by USB or by the balanced outs gives the same level into logic using the same Axe settings (including the headphone jack).