Newby Question on inputs...

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by terence1212, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. terence1212

    terence1212 Guest

    I'm running a condenser mic through the Studio V3 MP pre-amp to a Focurite Saffire LE interface. Does the pre-amp output go to the instrument or line input of the Saffire? I get much more gain via the instrument input so have been using that. I don't really understand this thing about impedence matching and can't find a simple expanation to help me make these decisions rationally, other than empirical trial and error.

    Thanks for any "input",
  2. drstudio

    drstudio Active Member

    Nov 16, 2007
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    The output of your Mic pre should be Line level, so then you should go in Line level to your A to D.
    If your gain structure is set up properly, you should get the proper level into your multitrack.

    Hope this helps.
  3. hummel

    hummel Guest

    Impedence matching doesn't come into it. The Studio V3 has already amplified the mic signal to line level. You don't want to amplify it again since this would lead to major distortion issues. So, you need to use an input into the Saffire which bypasses the built-in pre-amps. That is the line-in.
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    This is just my opinion but If I were you I'd ditch the ART preamp and just use the ones in the Saffire. They are Focusrite preamps aren't they? No faux tube "enhancement". Unless of course you are using more than the two preamped inputs.
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