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signal too hot!

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by ken webb, Dec 9, 2020.

  1. ken webb

    ken webb

    Oct 6, 2015
    hey guys, quick question here,
    I'm recording some bass tracks over an existing song for some you tube videos,
    I'm using an Alisis i02 digital interface (which is discontinued) directly into Adobe Audition. my signal chain is G&L L200 in passive mode, Tech 21 Bass fly rig with no effect. just using it as a Bass D.I, , into the Alisis and then into the DAW. with the gain on the Alisis turned all the way down, my signal is still too hot and distorted. what the heck am I doing wrong? turning down my bass volume is going to affect my tone and not deliver the full impact of my pups, I've already rolled off some of the bass through the guitar itself. not many options left that i can think of. H E L P !!!
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2020
  2. The L2000, even in passive mode, has a very high output. Do you use the Alesis guitar input? Have you set the input selector to guitar or line?
    If you are using the XLR output of the Tech21, you have to chose the mic-input of the Alesis with an XLR cable. DI
    's change the instrument level to mic-level. This is the purpose of a DI. Did you try the line output of the Tech 21 and set the input of the Alesis to line?

    You don't give us enough info about your configuration.
  3. ken webb

    ken webb

    Oct 6, 2015
  4. ken webb

    ken webb

    Oct 6, 2015
    running XLR out of the fly rig to 1/4 inch which is in the guitar input on the Alisis. input set to guitar phantom power off I'll try the line input on the Alisis and see how that goes thanks
  5. JKos

    JKos Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    Torrance, CA
    @ken webb ,
    What cable are you using to go XLR to 1/4"? Definitely switch to the Line Input setting.
  6. You put a mic-level signal into a hz-input (instrument level). This can't work. Either go xlr-xlr and set the input to mic. Or take the 1/4 line-out of the the Tech into the 1/4 line in of the Alesis (set to line).
  7. ken webb

    ken webb

    Oct 6, 2015
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  8. jeroenmaesen


    Mar 7, 2007
    What codec are you using?
  9. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Inactive

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody notices
    You've got MFD pickups. There is nothing you can do to get a clean tone except turn down your volume.
  10. ken webb

    ken webb

    Oct 6, 2015
    MFD? Someone already gave me the answer I was set up using an instrument input when I should have been switched over to a Mic/line input.
    The Nameless likes this.
  11. G&L's unique pickup design is called the MFD pickup. One of Leo Fender's last designs. Very hot output, great tone. I use an M2500 fretless 5 a lot. Not quite as strong as the L Series, but still more powerful than any bass I own. The tone changes a bit as you turn down the volume, but the design is such that the tonal changes are even and predictable when turning them down. Lots of guys get their tones from G&Ls specifically by turning down the volume control up to 25% or more.

    Also, the Tech 21 Flyrig should have a button to reduce the output of the XLR D.I. out by 20dB. My SansAmp BDDI has it, and I have to use it recording into some consoles. I know you solved your issue, but I figure it couldn't hurt to pass a bit more info on here. Knowing all the features of your gear can lead to better results in the headphones.
  12. ken webb

    ken webb

    Oct 6, 2015
    10/4 brother. Much appreciated. Thanks for the lesson on G&L pups. Had no idea
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