Mixing Balanced and Unbalanced Gear

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by RobertPhilbeck, Aug 6, 2002.

  1. Hello,
    I understand that going from a balanced piece of gear to an un-balanced piece results in a drop of 6 decibles. In this case Mackie balanced outs to HHB Cd Recorder un-balanced RCA ins.
    Is this 6 dbl drop something that can be rectified by boosting the input gain on the cd recorder, or are we talking about -6 dbl before clipping? I just can't seem to get a good amount of volume. I still have time to trade this cd burner for one with XLR balanced inputs.


  2. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    Until you get them XLR's just boost till the level is hot enough...even clip lights generally lie and are set to low...USE YOUR EARS....if it sounds good it is.

    PS I'm not shouting at you....just reinforcing the point :w:
  3. DBX 165

    DBX 165 Guest

    Ya know, I was just about to ask a ? like this.

    Here's the signal chain that I was using on Vox.

    Mic- McCurdy Pre- DBX 165- Recorder.
    All levels are matched and well.

    Then for one song I wanted to swap the DBX 165 for my RNC, I noticed that the gain of the signal dropped dramatically! Even when I hit BYPASS on the RNC.

    Is that because the RNC is unballanced?

    or cause the RNC's operating level is -10 and the DBX is +4 (I guessing)?

    What's the best way to remedy this situation?

    1- I can turn the output gain up on the RNC but the level going in is still low. (possible noise problems)


    2- I have a Peavey -10 to +4 box, would this be a better way? (could the extra box add more noise than boosting the output gain on the RNC?)

    Thanx :confused:

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