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Methods in Gain Staging
Old 7th September 2007
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Methods in Gain Staging

Okay, I feel like this is like asking about how to control volume, but obviously I'm no expert because I'm still running into noise and balance issues. It's like some times I land it perfect and sometimes I'm wondering what the hell I'm doing.

I imagine practice makes perfect, but I was wondering if there are any rule of thumb methods that get adapted when putting together a signal chain.

Any FYI pointers to keep in mind?
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Are you talking ITB or OTB or hybrid?
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OTB
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Okay, I feel like this is like asking about how to control volume, but obviously I'm no expert because I'm still running into noise and balance issues. It's like some times I land it perfect and sometimes I'm wondering what the hell I'm doing.

I imagine practice makes perfect, but I was wondering if there are any rule of thumb methods that get adapted when putting together a signal chain.

Any FYI pointers to keep in mind?

Regardless of ITB or OTB, I think the Rane Notes are invaluable...and a required perusal for non-professionals.

Enjoy,
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Regardless of ITB or OTB, I think the Rane Notes are invaluable...and a required perusal for non-professionals.

Enjoy,
RaneNotes by Number


David

Nice keystone man. Thanks!
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on the one hand i hate generalities... but if i had to come up with one for this... it's better to run an output hot and pad down the next stage rather than open up the last stage and pad the output of the previous...
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on the one hand i hate generalities... but if i had to come up with one for this... it's better to run an output hot and pad down the next stage rather than open up the last stage and pad the output of the previous...
That's what I've been doing lately with an ATTy inserted into the patchbay.

It seems to help. My one biggest issue seems that I push the preamps too hard but I do it to get a decent signal to the end.

Using a tube mixer after it sometimes help carry the load. I have a Midas, but the Midas in between currently hurts the signal's sound quality. I'm trying to run direct to tape as short as possible, and unfortunately I love old ribbon mics.
Old 22nd September 2007
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I'm surprised nobody asked about calibrating the tape machine.

That's like #1 in gain staging if you're going to tape.

Of course, I'm in the minority.
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