|Mojo3432 ||09-19-2013 06:52 PM |
Signal level still too low!!
I am trying to record my passive jazz bass using SONAR X2. I have a MOTU Ultralite hybrid interface and am running my bass through an MXR 80 Plus DI box. I am going into the line input on the MOTU with the input cranked, the DI cranked and the bass cranked and all I can muster is about -30 db. I also have a P Bass and get pretty much the same result. I don't want to plug the DI into the mic/instrument line because that line has a built in preamp and so does the DI. I've always heard that a preamp into a preamp is a NO-NO!! Any thoughts?? I appreciate the help.
Most DIs put out a mic level signal, so plug it into the mic input.
|Mojo3432 ||09-19-2013 07:25 PM |
Will plugging in a DI with a built in preamp into a mic input with another built in preamp cause any overload or do any damage to either unit?
|Hellbastard ||09-20-2013 02:45 AM |
Nothing will happen, but if you wanna be on the safe side start with both the DI and the Motu's gain control fully ccw.
|taurus1 ||09-22-2013 10:19 AM |
as Baer has already stated, a Di puts out mic level (some have a switch or line level output as well), which is about
a line level input (which goes to the preamp btw, same as mic input), expects to see a -10 to +4 level signal.
so yeah, your feeding it an extremely weak signal, switch your interface input to mic.
|nick98338 ||09-22-2013 11:54 AM |
Originally Posted by Mojo3432
(snip)I don't want to plug the DI into the mic/instrument line because that line has a built in preamp and so does the DI. I've always heard that a preamp into a preamp is a NO-NO!! Any thoughts?? I appreciate the help.
The preamp to preamp thing is not always a no-no. It depends on the signal levels involved. From your description of the equipment you are using, you will be fine going from your MXR to your MOTU. The output level of your MXR is not so large that it will overload the inputs on the MOTU. I do pretty much the same thing. Bass to preamp/eq box to recording interface. Works fine.
|uhdinator ||09-24-2013 11:16 AM |
Well you already said you're getting -30 so as said, you need more gain by using XLR mic input, if its too hot use the pad switch to knock the signal down if needed.
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