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Old 23rd April 2003
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line level ....??

I need someone to set me straight. Guitar output (non active pickups) is a line signal. Synth output is a line signal but at a higher level. Is this signal measured in ohms ? What is the measured difference between what is considered a mic level and a line level signal?
Old 23rd April 2003
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Re: line level ....??

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Originally posted by logic
I need someone to set me straight. Guitar output (non active pickups) is a line signal. Synth output is a line signal but at a higher level. Is this signal measured in ohms ? What is the measured difference between what is considered a mic level and a line level signal?
I may be wrong, but as I understand it:

Line Level = -10dBu
Mic Level = +4dBu

Instrument level is widely variable, but not considered "line level". I believe it can range up to around +24dBu. For example if you patch your guitar into a high gain stomp box on the way to the pre's instrument input, you will hit the instrument input much hotter than with the guitar alone..

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Old 23rd April 2003
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Re: line level ....??

Quote:
Originally posted by logic
Guitar output (non active pickups) is a line signal. Synth output is a line signal but at a higher level. Is this signal measured in ohms ? What is the measured difference between what is considered a mic level and a line level signal?
Not quite.
Normal guitar pickups are high impedance,
(hi-Z) they want to drive 500,000 ohms or so.
Line level will happily drive 10,000 ohms or less.
A guitar will not.

Cheap mics, and even the famous Shure Green Bullet,
are also high impedance. All decent mics are low
impedance.

So to feed a "line level" input, you need to
amplify the signal.

To convert a mic or guitar level signal
from high impedance to low, you can use a cheap
(or expensive if you are a gear slutz)
transformer.
Old 23rd April 2003
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And on a related note, I have a box that has a "instrument amp output" that I swear is marked -20dB, but I'll look at it to be sure.
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