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Differences in impedance

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by niros, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. niros

    niros Guest

    Can anyone tell me what the difference between a (DI) Direct instrument input and a Line level input is and what type of instruments each of them are. Also what are the impedance differences between the two.

  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Usually a (DI) Direct instrument input will be of high impedance and be suitable for things like Stratocasters and have an output suitable for a Mic-pre input
    some do have gain and so an output suitable for a line level input.

    A Line level input is usually suitable for a balanced line input with a max level of say +18dBu to 26dBu

    the confusion may come when you have an unbalanced synth output which may range from -10dBu to +26dBu

    There are some line inputs and insert returns that are unbalanced like the above.

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