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I am going to be producing a few demos for a friend of mine that lives across the country. Something that I wanted to try out was taking his vocals, recorded DI (if you will) through his POD HD 500, and then "reamping" it though my Helix. I have Neve preamp that I really like, and I plan on using the FX loop of the Helix to send his signal through it. That said, being a preamp, it's expecting a mic-level signal. What can I do to make sure that my friend records at this level? Should the mic trim be turned the whole way up or the whole way down? He's going to be plugging directly into the mic input on the POD HD 500 setup with a blank signal chain (I've done DI guitars this way).

 

Any info or tips are appreciated!

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It is a bit of a shame you can't put his vocals thru your Pre an all.

If he wants a good level vocal it is good to send the pre into a compressor or limiter to prevent accidental clipping of the recording input.

If none of these and no other gear best to just use his HD500 mic pre and record that as best as he can. Use a pop filter for de essing if needed. Good mic technique is a must to kind of smooth the response out but with no safety catch the vocal level will be in a safe range for your treatment along with possible noise as you squeeze it.

Higher sample rate in the DAW might help too.

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What can I do to make sure that my friend records at this level? 

 

He will need to meter it. I assume he will be going into a DAW to record it? Request and exact DB level you are expecting.  Lower levels can be better sometimes. For line level make sure it doesn't go over 0 db. A compressor or limiter as bjnette mentioned as safety net can make sure it doesn't go over 0 db.  Personally I would have it recorded a lower level like -6 to -18 db as long as that is plauseable to get decent signal you can always use a tool in a DAW to turn it up more. Once it clips and distorts on the original capture you can't undo that.

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If you need a mic level signal coming out of your HD500 then you should set the mic trim to mid gain. According to the data here, the mic trim has gain anywhere from -20.5dB to +23.7dB when the output is taken from the XLR connectors. Setting the trim to the middle will get you close to 0dB. Mic level coming in and mic level going out.

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Thanks for all the feedback. He knows about clipping, and how to avoid it, thankfully. I will have him error on the side of having a quieter recording.

 

Also, thank you pfsmith0, that was exactly what I needed to know. I'll have him set it in the middle and see what it's like when he sends me some test files. I took a look at that data, and it was really helpful! Thanks!

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