I just set up my jh24 at +9 using 3M 996. I am having to put the pad in on my 500 series pres and other preamps that have no output control. What are you guys with no consoles using between the preamp and the tape machine without recording too hot to tape. If you are using pads on the outputs what db are you using? Any passive faders that don't color the sound or roll off the lows?
I used to feed a blue stripe 1176 from any outboard mic pre I used on vocals before hitting tape, but that was vocals.
I think I was able to dial in a decent level in most cases using the mic pres I had.
I used a Demeter VTMP-2 a lot, but every other stand alone mic pre I have used or built has had a fader.
My Sphere mic pre/920 EQ pair has a pot in place of where the fader would go.
It is so handy.
I don't like tailoring my gain structure of a mic pre to hit the tape right.
You need a gain stage really because you might need to pad the mic pre down (GTRs) and need a bit of make-up gain.
Trying to use a mic pre by itself is where I see alot of people mess up.
I'm planning on getting a tape machine soon myself so I've been wondering about this as well. Does anybody make a passive multi-pot unit that is nothing more than an input, a fader or pot, and an output? Possibly in 8 or 16 channel sections? If not, I suppose you could make one without too much fuss but a manufactured one would be nice.
The console's coming next but it's gonna take a little time before I can get around to picking one up. In the meantime, I'd like to have a means of sending the proper level to the tape machine without having to raise and lower the gain for my mics. Who's doing this without a console and how are you dealing with this issue?
By the way, the Atty would be nice but I don't really want to spend $1,000 to buy 16 channels worth of level control. Is there a cheaper way to do this? Maybe something that is rack mountable?