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Pad recommendations for RCA BA31-C mic pre?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by driven, Mar 24, 2001.

  1. driven

    driven Guest

    I just picked this pre up and it seems everything I run through it is distorted.There are no input or output adjustments on it, so I guess I'm stuck with one level, but do I need a pad after the mic, before the pre?
    If so, which one is transparent enough(model numbers please).
    Also, has anyone else used this pre before?
    Any applications where it excels?
  2. hollywood_steve

    hollywood_steve Active Member

    Jan 3, 2001
    If you go to the Mercenary Audio website and look up Fletcher's article on vintage gear, he mentions a specific Shure pad. I don't remember the model number, but I have heard a couple of other people make the same recommendation.
  3. driven

    driven Guest

    I checked out the article but he doesn't mention a specific model number.He just says it's a "Shure variable pad".Am I missing something?
  4. simonsez

    simonsez Guest

    I believe the pad you are referring to is
    Shure Switchable Attenuator-MODEL A15AS-

    It is switchable to cut -15,-20, or -25 db.

    I have 2 and use them all of the time,
    whether or not they will help with your preamp issue I do not know.


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