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What Exactly is the Difference in Line, Intr., Mic Level, and Impedences?
Old 7th May 2003
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Gear Head
 
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What Exactly is the Difference in Line, Intr., Mic Level, and Impedences?

Help me out, y'all... I want to try and understand btw/ level differences.

I understand that condensor mics need phantom power, but do dynamic mics and say, a synth take/give the same level output/input?

Having DI's are useful in "beefing" up the sound of a synth? If so, is it just a question on the coloration of the DI or that it just boosts the level output?

What is the difference in an input that reads mic level, line level and instrument level?

Do mixers run on a line level basis? The concept of a mixer is to get everything to be on line level?

And what is the deal with impedence? Is this the "friction" that a microphone meets when dealing with a certain type of pre?

thanks for y'alls help..
Old 7th May 2003
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🎧 15 years
Trying to, ahh, be diplomatic here (after all we're not at PSW).

You really need to do some reading/research. Plenty of books in the stores, articles in magazines, articles & self-help stuff on the web.

Everyone hear (!) has graduated on this stuff, which is at a pretty basic level. Probably why no-one else has replied.

Call again when you're ready to take on Advanced Gaffa Tape Splicing Techniques.

Old 7th May 2003
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urumita
 
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how many boats does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
knock knock, hooza there?
jahoozafats?
Old 8th May 2003
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re

I understand that condensor mics need phantom power, but do dynamic mics and say, a synth take/give the same level output/input?

no

Having DI's are useful in "beefing" up the sound of a synth? If so, is it just a question on the coloration of the DI or that it just boosts the level output?

mostly a DI is for balancing a signal. The color is because you'd be pluging into a mic preamp after that.

What is the difference in an input that reads mic level, line level and instrument level?

mic = lowest
instrument = lower
line = high

Do mixers run on a line level basis? The concept of a mixer is to get everything to be on line level?

internally probably, but they often support multiple input impedances

And what is the deal with impedence? Is this the "friction" that a microphone meets when dealing with a certain type of pre?

its related to resistance
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