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What does a broken pre-amp on a mixing desk sound like?
Old 7th September 2011
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What does a broken pre-amp on a mixing desk sound like?

I think one of the pre-amps on my desk might be broken.
Can you tell me what one would sound like if I plugged a vocal mic into it?
Thank you
Old 7th September 2011
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it'd sound terrible
Old 7th September 2011
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There are multiple potential preamp failure modes.

1. noisy. Actually this is two, one fault is just added hiss, another fault is hiss and hum if output pegs to a rail.

2. no output at all

3. distorted output

If the preamp sound different than the others in the same console, something is wrong.

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