Input/Output levels for pre-amps

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by Greggc, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. Greggc

    Greggc Guest

    Excuse my ignorance, but I own 2 mic pre-amps, an Art Tube MP and a Studio Projects VTB-1 and on both units there are levels for input and output.
    usually when recording I set both input and output
    at 12:00 o'clock. Is this a good idea, or are there some hard, fast rules for these settings?
    Thanks for any and all input,
  2. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    Greggc, I don't know about everyone else, but I like to set my output around 0 (unity) and determine input gain from there based on the input sensitivity of the mic I'm using. Also, the nature of the track will have bearing on it, ie: highly transient vocals
  3. Kent L T

    Kent L T Active Member

    Oct 28, 2003
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    on that Art don't get the imput up past 1/2 it ruins the sound. You can crank the output up but leave the input as low as possible. Find out where the clip light starts to go on and go 1/4 turn minimum below that.

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