In short, yes.
Occassionaly I get asked to play a song off a phone, or someone elses ipod etc, say at a multi artist event with dancers or someone basically doing karaoke, or, I don't have the song and they do.
While sound wise it's probably best to be below max volume, I always wind volume on any device to full initially.
I have found with ipads and phones that about 70% volume on that device seems to need the cranking you described. After tweaking channel strip and master (on a seperate channel strip) I reduce volume to about 90% and tweak on the fly.
The other thing I insist on is that lock screens be disabled.
If somone else wants my system for DJing (I run the desk/PA) and they are doing the DJing via laptop, I run the outputs through my DI's then into the mixer.
Despite the "don't run your gain in the red", "I promise I won't" discussion, many of them do.
At least with the DI's I can pad them 10dB, or, if it's really bad, hit them with 20dB pad and drop the fader while doing the
thing lol. It usually takes two of these to stop the behaviour...
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