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Can Overloading/Clipping Damage a Mic Pre?
Old 8th April 2009
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Originally Posted by SkunkWorks View Post
I can easily get gross distortion (to the point of the pre being unuseable) on my Great River running an active bass (especially if it has EMG's) into the instrument input with all the meters still in the green. In fact, I even had to email Dan Kennedy about it when I first got it and tried to record my buddy's EMG loaded Stingray with it.

By the way, after doing some reasearch I realized I don't have to have the volume all the way up on an active bass to retain proper tone like with passive pickups and electronics... in fact, according to Sterling Ball, not "diming" the volume on an active bass is the proper way to use it.

I hadn't read the entire thread when I posted this... I see Mr. Kennedy has already elaborated on it (wink)
This is a symptom of the gain/volume control not being active on the first stages of the amp. I.e. there is a stage before the volume control that can overload even with the volume down and the output not clipping.

This is often the case with some gear (amps and converters) mainly because it is more of a design challenge to get the gain control right at the input - or with some instrument amps it is like that deliberately so you can distort the input purposely for a sound effect. But in professional gear that is not meant to distort, this kind of thing can be a source of bad sound, is highly confusing and a darned nuisance.

Opps - sorry I just realised I have said all this before on this thread ages ago.....

Last edited by Paul Frindle; 9th April 2009 at 12:22 AM.. Reason: Apologies for repeating myself
Old 8th April 2009
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I think that first things that get broken because of sudden, too hot signal are analog VU meters...
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