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Plugging in instruments directly into Phonic Helix FireWire Mixer Effects Pedals, Units & Accessories
Old 27th August 2007
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Plugging in instruments directly into Phonic Helix FireWire Mixer

Hello,

Can anyone please tell me if it is possible to plug instruments (like bass or guitar) directly into the line in of the preamp channels on a Phonic Helix Board 12 FireWire MKII? I mean directly with no preamp, DI box or effects in between? Does the track gets a good sound level without noise? Is it ok to do it for recording and live situations?

Thank you very much for your help

Cheers
Old 28th August 2007
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I'm not familiar with that particular mixer but the preamp on any mixer i've ever used has been enough to get a decent guitar signal. If for some reason it's not, just run it through a pedal first.


[edit] But by no means is that a good way to record guitar, unless you're running it though something like Guitar Rig.
Old 28th August 2007
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Thank you very much for your help.

Quote:
Originally Posted by cmerepaul View Post
[edit] But by no means is that a good way to record guitar, unless you're running it though something like Guitar Rig.

Just for me to understand better, why isn't that a good idea to record the guitar?

Cheers
Old 29th August 2007
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The mic pre has plenty of gain for a guitar, but the impedance is wrong. Nothing is certain in life, but plugging a guitar right into a mic or line input is very very likely to sound like sh*t. You probably want a DI. If you want some overdriven sounds, you might look at the sansamp. If you want something a little cheaper that wont color the sound, you might look at something like a countryman. (this is assuming, of course, that you mean an electric guitar or bass. the piezo pickups on acoustics require different DIs, and many acoustic guitar pickups have the pre onboard, in which case you CAN plug right into the mixer.) There are a whole lot of options out there, and a quick search of this board for "DI" will probably turn up a whole lot more than you ever wanted to know about the subject, if yoiu can wade through the inevitable countless pages of bickering to find it.
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