Because I run short distances (less than 4′) my pre’s and patchbay all use unbalanced TS connectors.
I’ve been wanting to use an actual attenuator on the pre’s – as opposed to the out put gain controls on them what have them – especially my transformer-based, one-knob Altec 1589b, in order to crank the gain and get what results (more iron, tube, op-amp, etc.)
I just received and got done hooking up the Radio Design Labs STP-1 – freakin’ awesome!
Using my Altec with a dynamic mic in front and sending white noise, I can get attentuation of about 35-38 dB.
I have never been able to crank the Altec beyond 12:00 for a reasonable singing voice level 1′ off a typical dynamic, without using a compressor, etc.
That’s even more limiting, of course, with a cranked amp.
I just wired the thing right into my patch bayand so can use it with any of my pre’s.
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