I tried adjusting the internal trim pot per instructions, but anything other than the factory setting just made things worse. I tried various settings to the left and right of the factory demarcation, no dice. This is only happening with two of my active basses, which both have awfully hot outputs, so I'm afraid I might SOL. Yes the battery is fresh. Any tips, or are the Lakland 44-02 and EBMM Sterling preamps just too much? Cheers and such, I'm asking here first but I'll probably email Mike later if nobody has any ideas.