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Preamp connected to another pre.

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by Zoro, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. Zoro

    Zoro Guest

    I don't like to sound like I would in this posting but I'll give it a try. So I heard some preamps sound really good and I was wondering if my main source of recording is already an interface with integrated pre's and I wanted to connect another pre ( a better one) into any of them do I really get the sound of the first or second pre? I am not sure if this will sum the gain in both pre's and how to achieve the sound of the secondary preamp.

    Thanks in advance.
    Zoro.
    http://www.produccionestecate.com
     
  2. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Some interfaces have a TRS input for line level signals that bypasses the pre completely. With other you use a trim pot to turn the pre down so there is no gain. It's still in the circuit, but has much less effect on the sound than it does when it is being used to amplify. So you can still get almost all of the benefit of the better preamp.
     
  3. Zoro

    Zoro Guest

    Bob -

    So is this input you mentioned the same as Istrument IN? The device that I use it only has two different inputs and are 1/2 Mic/instrument in.
     
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    If you have an "instrument in" it is probably unbalanced, high impedance, TS, and goes through the preamp. If you buy an outboard preamp, its output will usually be balanced and low impedance, so then I'd put it through the XLR mic input and turn down the trim pot.
     
  5. Zoro

    Zoro Guest

    Great. Thanks for your help.

    Zoro.
    http://www.produccionestecate.com
     

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