Originally posted by BattleAngel you run your mix through a mic preamp?
With the Pendulum MDP-1 you have the option of taking a +4 line input into the unit via the 'DI input' connectors [there is a switch that designates the input for this assignment].
This can come in exceptionally helpful for things like Mackie desks [and other 'no headroom' pieces of shite].
When I've had to work on Mackies, I usually follow the path of running the 2 buss fader as high as it'll go, taking the line input trims down as far as they'll go, then mixing with the faders... but keeping the 2 buss level "out of the yellow" [which is way below a normal output].
This seems to almost give the thing the ability to pass a bass tone, and almost resemble something with some headroom... the audio tends to suck a bit less.
I'll then run the output of the Mackie into the MDP-1, pick it up to a useable level [sometimes driving the front of it a tad hard to give the tubes in the MDP-1 a chances to add their $.02]... then into the mix storage medium [usually to an A/D converter]... it's not a bad working program.