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A preamplifier, also known as a preamp, is an electronic amplifier that converts a weak electrical signal into an output signal strong enough to be noise-tolerant and strong enough for further processing, or for sending to a power amplifier and a loudspeaker. Without this, the final signal would be noisy or distorted.

Preamps for recording Godin & Taylor

Hi everyone, new to the forum!

I'm looking into buying a preamp that works well for recording both a Godin Multiac (just using the direct sound) and a Taylor 714ce. But for different reasons.

For the Godin, I'm looking for new colors. I want to have options for some bite, beef, or low end, as I play aggressive & syncopated riffs. I don't want it to sound like flamenco.

For the Taylor, I'm wanting to get more out of my direct line (Fishman Matrix pickup) as I like to blend it with a mic to create a stereo mix on my tracks.

Attenuators with transformer preamps, a good idea ?

Hi gang,

You know I own a few Focusrite ISA preamps. I'm considering buying a few attenuators to allow me to drive the transformer a bit harder and try to pull out a bit more mojo.
I currently record tracks with a peak range between -18db to -10db (on the preamp and on the DAW).

So my question is ; is it worth it ? Do pushing the transformer a bit more allow a more colored sound ?

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Proper use of the preamps

My converter and i/o is the Mbox Pro (3rd generation in case it matters)

It uses the preamp if it's switched to Mic. It does not apply the preamp section with line inputs.

I have a set of Roland TD-11's that have a line out, L/R. When I first set them up I got almost no volume at all. With everything cranked, it was barely even audible. The kind people here helped me figure out that it was the fact that I was using stereo cables instead of mono. I didn't know it mattered going from S > M, but I switched out the cables for mono, and the volume problem was gone.