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Old 5th January 2011
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It IS confusing...
Gain staging can be VERY confusing...
Fact is -10 gear has NOTHING to do with noise or headroom...
-10 gear can have the same maximum output level as some +4 gear...
Noise mostly comes from some gear when the gain is cranked TOO much..
Some gear has less noise than others, all other varibles the same..Design, circuit ect...

But will add that most mic pres are better at higher gain (Less noise) than some gear's "Make up gain"...all depends..

Also 0dBV is 1 Volt RMS.
0dBm,dBu is .775V RMS...

It is best to keep ALL gear at same level and balanced...IMHO..less problems..