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Avedis MA5 transformer saturation?
Old 5th August 2012
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Avedis MA5 transformer saturation?

Hi I ran my tube DI into the MA5 using the avedis pad. Having the MA5 on unity 35 and 0. Then I changed and switched to 40 on the Avedis and trimmed down the output a bit. I can really hear a difference. in the 40 setting it gets more muddy, less clear/clean notes, kinda smoother/thicker. How come?

Will the 40+ setting on the input add more muddiness in general? I have used the MA5 on many sources but never noticed this before.

How do you guys use the Ma5. turn the input till its a little hot and then trim the output down, or set the output trim lower and add more input gain?
Old 5th August 2012
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of course it saturates!
higher input equals more saturation while setting the output accordingly to avoid clipping the AD or other gear in the chain.
Old 5th August 2012
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my guess is the muddyness is coming from your tube DI and not the ma-5. your di will have a noise floor, could be you are hearing that amplified through the ma-5 but i'm guessing here.

can't say i would describe the ma-5 as muddy even at high gain.
Old 5th August 2012
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Thanks. forgot to say I run then into a distressor 4:1, I guess something happens in that chain with high input on the MA5. the tube DI is very clean. thanks
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