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Preamp Outs Clipping on my AD Converter ins, but not in DAW. Is it bad?

This is really a fundamental question around recording technique for bands, of which there are a number of schools of thought that are equally applicable. Personally, I come from a classical music ...
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Shure SM57 with lost sensitivity

Yeah, that happens eventually. I've been working with SM57s in live and studio setups for 15 years. In particular the ones used in live setups, which are used both indoor and outdoor, wears faster. ...
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What is gain when the input is digital and the output is analogue?

0dBFS 1kHz sine defines a peak value. Alignment of audio levels is usually done at an RMS level of -18dBFS or -20dBFS depending on the standard you are applying. The line level alignment level that ...
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What is 0 dB in digital audio?

Lots of lengthy answers here when all that is needed is a simple answer. The 0dB that you refer to is actually 0dBFS which stands for dB with reference to "Full Scale". 0dBFS is the highest peak ...
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How do you use gain effectively?

The importance of gain is often overlooked. Many recording interfaces have some sort of clip meter Indicator (often in the mid price a single red light). Manufacturers often recommend setting gain ...
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Can an audio interface's gain control mute the input source?

Many people confuse two similar controls: GAIN control adjusts the amount of amplification in the first stage of the microphone preamp. It is used to "normalize" the amount of signal coming from ...
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Preamp Outs Clipping on my AD Converter ins, but not in DAW. Is it bad?

After much research, I opted to put a passive attenuator (Little Labs redcloud) in between my preamp and interface. This allows me to run the preamps hot to get additional saturation without clipping ...
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Difference between gain and normalization whole track in Audacity

The process is identical, but one is tested, the other is not. Gain will not test for overs, it will just clip if you add too much. Normalisation will scan the entire track & only allow gain to be ...
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gain value at intermediate knob positions?

If you look at where the stated values fall compared to the dial positions, you can see something that approaches a straight line. I couldn't find a sensible function that maps to this extremely ...
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3.5mm Dynamic Microphone Output into Mixer/Interface

Going by the specs, I'd say that mixer can be used for the F-96. You'll want to use a 3.5mm female to XLR adapter: that mixer does have 6.3mm input jacks, but you lose 15 dB of gain when you use those....
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Why does compression acheive a louder volume without feedback?

Using a compressor in this way gives you the ability to increase the average (or RMS) level of the vocal without significantly increasing the peak level. You are utilizing the output gain knob to &...
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What amplifiers or other ICs offer fine digital volume control (0.1dB steps)?

The easiest, and possibly the most precise would be to adjust the amplitude of the generated sine wave while still in the digital domain. In analog domain, 0.1 dB change of power corresponds to 2% ...
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My mic has low gain

That combination should work. Make sure the Avid has phantom power on & is set for MIC (not "LINE") input. If that doesn't fix it, swap out the cables to make sure one of them isn't bad.
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How can I compress Mic input using a virtual sound card?

Your question is very unclear, however, unless your undefined 'USB soundcard' has an AU-compatible front-end or its own input gain stage, then you'd have to use something like Audio Hijack. You can't ...
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Quality loss when using high amounts of gain in DAW instead of recording louder

It may make a difference. Your sound card (and whatever else comes after your pre-amp) will inevitably add a certain level of noise to the signal itself, as will the pre-amp itself. If your pre-amp ...
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Do dynamic headset mics require a lot of gain?

Can you give a bit more description as to what your asking. I have used plenty of microphones in live environments and what they need gain wise is always dependent on the specific make and models. You ...
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Practical difference between channel gain, fader and amp gain

In theory there shouldn't really be any difference: Lets say you add some gain at the channel input, and reduce it equally by turning down the fader. Then there should be no difference. But preamps ...
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A condenser mic gain tuning on a mixer

I have had this issue as well. I built my own microphones using condensor mics. The circuit was not my own and with it´s original design values I found that it was overdriving my mixer, A soundcraft ...
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