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Allen & Heath GS3 low output on direct outs?? Help! Audio Interfaces
Old 27th December 2010
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Allen & Heath GS3 low output on direct outs?? Help!

Hi all,

First post so bare with with me..

I'm running a Digi002 rack/Focusrite Octopre 16 ch rig being fed by an old Allen & Heath GS3 16 channel desk.

Everything's talking to eachother but the desk and interface aren't being so friendly.

Basically I can't seem to get a decent level out the direct outs on the A & H. I can get a clean recording out of it fine but the level's like 30dB lower than it should be. The only way to get a decent level out of it is to drive the gains to just below peaking and push the faders to +10dB!! Obviously i don't want to be doing this at every session.

1-4 on the digi rack are blaggable with a little tweak on the gain on the front panel, 5-8 doesnt have this privilege, and 1-8 on the focusrite can also be blagged but with its gain set to 3 o'clock!!!

I can't run my studio like this!

I'm not willing to swap the board right now as I've got a heap of sessions coming up plus lacking in funds.

Surely this isn't normal for this desk to output such a low signal right?

I'm using balanced jacks out of the direct outs, i recently discovered the outs on the board are actually unbalanced but I thought this would only make a 6dB difference not 30dB?! Also the focusrite is connected by 25 pin d-sub with balanced jacks on the end.

Has anyone had any issues like this before?

Cheers guys.
Old 29th December 2010
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no one got any ideas?

I'm sure A & H would never build a desk with outrageously low direct outs right?
Old 29th December 2010
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Use the right cables. Then consult the manual. There could be some jumpers or somthing that switch it from -10 to +4 infact that is rather normal.
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