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Interface overloaded

Discussion in 'Recording' started by flagos, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. flagos

    flagos Active Member

    Hi (beginner here):

    I'm recording a guitar amp. I'm using a Rode NT1 thru a Peavey VMP2 pre, right to the interface (Audiophile 2496). But as I turn up the volume I get the interface input overloaded, even with the pre -20db input pad enabled.

    Do I need to get into a console after the pre in order to attenuate the signal?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    I hope you are using the 1/4" unbalanced outputs of the VMP into those RCA inputs of the 2496.
    You're more than likely overdriving the input to the 2496. The "output" level of the VMP is too high.
    The -20db pre input pad your talking about is probably for the mic input???...and does nothing to match levels between the preamp and interface.
  3. flagos

    flagos Active Member

    Yes. I'm using the 1/4" unbalanced outputs of the pre to connect the RCAs in the 2496. And yes, the -20db pad is for the mic input.

    Now, what can I do to match the levels between the preamp and the interface?

    Thanks for your response!
  4. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Looks like those 1/4" unbalanced VMP outputs are +10dbV and the RCA inputs on that 2496 will only take +2dbV...
    So yeah I think your hitting the 2496 way too hard....need to insert some attenuator pads....(-12db) one would be about right.
    Short of doing that I would get a console.
  5. flagos

    flagos Active Member

    Yeah. Thanks djmukilteo! You've been very helpful!

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