Originally Posted by rcm
Are you saying that you find using a clean line amp induces more noise than doing the same amount of gain with a mic pre amp?
No, I'm saying that in my direct experience with the REDDI and a Fender Jazz bass, along with a Les Paul and Telecaster, I needed to use a preamp after the REDDI in order to get the levels I needed going into PT. When I cranked the REDDI's input I just couldn't get the levels I needed to record. First I went into the BAC-500 from the REDDI and found I really had to crank the output to get the levels. Then I tried a preamp instead and found that to be the key to a great sound with the REDDI.
Again, this is just my experience but it seems to be shared by others I've spoken with as well. That being said, and like I said earlier, I absolutely love the REDDI and wouldn't ever want to work without it again. I also owned an Avalon U5 which I sold, and still own a Radial JDI Duplex (which I very rarely if ever use now that the REDDI is here).