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Old 19th January 2008
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How far away are the synths from the converters/interface?

I'm not an expert so take this advice with a grain of salt.

Are you having trouble when tracking getting the headphone volume up high enough on the synths channel?

If there is no noise/ground loop problem and the volumes are good enough for headphone mixes you could probably just run the synths at -10 and record them fine. Any gain from an external analog amp is going to be noisier than just boosting the numbers in the DAW. Both approaches will bring up the noise floor anyway.

Do you track through a console? My console's insert's are -2 and I can plug synths into the inserts and it works just fine.

If you want to add some mojo from transformers or a preamp that's another story but if you just want clean gain you might not need to do anything at all.

FWIW, I used to use 8 DI's into preamps for tracking a drum module but yesterday I tested plugging it directly into my console's unbalanced inserts and it works fine.

Some food for thought.