Difference between Ouput and Gain...

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  1. BKStoltman

    BKStoltman Guest

    I recently purchase a Tube Mp USB..., which I use my new AT4040 with. Now I have read the manual and it doesn't explain it clear enough for me. What is the difference between the Gain and the Output. Also if someone would put in simple terms what the Impediance button would do, and Limit, and Phase invert, I would appreciate it.


  2. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    who wouldn't?
  3. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
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    Gain = The amount of "boost" applied to the microphone's signal via the preamp circuit.

    Output = The volume of the output circuit going to the next piece of gear in your signal chain.

    It changes the impedance at the preamp circuit - affecting microphone gain, tone, and noise floor. It's a little difficult to put this in layman's terms (envision a garden hose...)
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    Limiting sets a "ceiling" or maximum volume on the signal - anything beyond the ceiling is gained down to the same relative level.

    It affects the signal (which is an alternating current or "wave") by taking the positive half and flipping it to negative and vice-versa. Useful in avoiding (or creating) the following:
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  4. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    If it's a tube I'm assuming having high gain and low output will soak the signal in tubeness; low gain high output will leave it nearer untouched.

    High gain and output is asking for trouble.
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