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Great River Preamp - Loading In or Out?
Old 18th March 2008
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Great River Preamp - Loading In or Out?

What's your preference / what do you hear?
Old 18th March 2008
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It's cool when I start with loading in right away.
If I only put it in after a while, I feel the sound looses what I'd call urgency or excitment.
This effect is less obvious to me with Impedance in.
I tend to use it when I want a signal to be supportive but unobtrusive.

Another way to put it would be: Loading is a Japanese Salaryman in a black suit, Impedance is eighties-vintage David Lee Roth.
Old 18th March 2008
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I honestly haven't even experimented with these buttons much if at all. Thanks for starting this thread- I will do so next session!
Old 18th March 2008
It's a boost that seems to be a shelf centered around 20khz. So is it appropriate for it to be a little brighter, or not a little brighter? No one can answer this question for you, it's analogous to asking if you should in general apply a hi freq shelf during your recording. It's only appropriate when the production team says so.
Old 18th March 2008
With a 121: impedance in, loading out
With a 57: impedance out, loading out
With a LDC: impediance out, loading in/out (depending on source)
Old 18th March 2008
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Originally Posted by drumnbimmer View Post
What's your preference / what do you hear?
it all depends on the source. i always experiment. what do I hear? I hear dead people.

Old 19th March 2008
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I mostly use it with the loading button in...

though admittedly.. I usually screw around with the gain and output knobs in order to get the sounds I'm looking for...

I still haven't used the impedance or loading options that much...
Old 19th March 2008
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A short tech explination of the loading and impedence buttons:

Loading switches in a 600 ohm termination resistor. The Neve style circuit was meant to terminate into a 600 ohm load, a la 1176 etc. When these modules were removed from consoles and put into outboard racks, they no longer did so. The result is that the output transformer "rings", or resonates at about 50kHz. This peak dips down into the audio band a bit, giving the unit a brighter sound when the loading switch is OUT.

The Impedence switch changes the two primary windings of the input transformer from series (1200 ohm) to parallel (300 ohm). Many dynamic mics, ribbons, and transformer balanced condensers will notice the difference.

The best advice I can give you on using the NV is turn it up, and start pushing'll figure out what they do in different instances.
Old 19th March 2008
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roger's Avatar hear dead people? ....ME TOO! were joking.
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