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Sytek Headroom

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by spratz, Mar 7, 2002.

  1. spratz

    spratz Guest

    I tracked a college rock band this past weekend and I grew a bit fustrated with the limited headroom on my Sytek mic pre's.

    I used them on a SRW bass cabinet/RE-20, a fender amp/M-88, snare/57, and kick/TLM-103. I had to move the kick to a different mic pre because it would overload with the gain all the way down. The mic was about 3-4 feet in front of the kick.

    On each channel I could not really get the gain I wanted going to tape without clipping the mic pre. I guess I could have put a compressor on the output as another gain stage. Any good solutions to this problem? I love the Sytek's but the lack of headroom has me thinking I might be better off selling and picking up a GR-NV.

    Thanks,
     
  2. ironsheik

    ironsheik Guest

    Well, I don't know about how loud the bass/guitar tracks were, but drums usually clip any pre I've used without at least a 15db pad. I just bought a couple adjustable pads which ought to come in really handy since my console only has a 30db pad which is a bit extreme for most cases. Maybe you should do the same?
     
  3. Bear's Gone Fission

    Bear's Gone Fission Active Member

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    Shure variable pads. They are too cheap, too transparent, and too useful not to have at least a pair. I'd definitely pad down at least the TLM-103, an already hot mic, and in this case used on a really loud source. Once you are in the input headroom range of the Sytek, there out to be enough clean gain to put to use.

    Bear
     
  4. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

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    Feb 10, 2001
    Certain mics are all but unuseable without some kind of external pad. That's the one nice thing about the AKG 414 series - plenty of pad options. On the other hand, the TLM 103 and the Earthworks QTCs are so hot they barely need preamps at all! Whirlwind makes the "IMP PAD" - a clean inexpensive in-line device that works just fine.
     
  5. spratz

    spratz Guest

    Thanks.

    I will look into the Shure's. I built a couple in-line attenuators a few years back when I was doing live sound. It never crossed my mind as an option. Thanks again.
     

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