need help building an inline attenuator

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Doug Parent, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    Howdy, I have a 4 band parametric EQ (audio arts) that has dual inputs, one instrument level (which is WAY too hot for my active basses, distorts easily-way too sensitive) and a balanced line level input which is completely inappropriate. I'm wondering if there is some way I can build an inline attentuator inbetween the bass and this device to pad the signal down a good 10db. This should be rudimentary stuff for those who understand this area. Do I need a resistor? I want something that will perserve the quality of the signal of course. Thanks.
  2. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    You (or a good technician) should be able to bypass the first stage or perhaps even reduce the gain of the instrument level input if you have a schematic. An attenuator will result in a poor signal to noise ratio.