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Offline Brian Skalinder

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line transformers and attenuators
« on: April 29, 2003, 05:04:30 PM »


Line Matching Transformers

A great way to add gain without buying a relatively expensive preamp.  Short on gain and don't have the cash for a preamp?  Or starting out and want to put as much money into your mics as possible and save for a preamp later (a wise choice) - line matching transformers are the way to go.  Clean, inexpensive gain to hold you over until you get the cash to support your upgrade bug.  Some options:

Audio Technica  (
Hosa  (

Shure  (


Used to reduce a strong signal. For example, if the signal from your mics overloads your preamps inputs, attenuate the signal prior to the preamp using attenuators.  Some commonly used attenuators:

Shure  (
A15AS  |  Switchable attenuation: -15, -20, or -25 dB.

Audio Technica  (
8202  |  Switchable attenuation: -10, -20, or -30 dB.

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Sorry, don't have a part # handy, but roll by your local RS and they'll probably have 'em.
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Re: line transformers and attenuators
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2009, 04:20:20 AM »
is there any reason why i should not switch the shure a15as on the fly..? can i be recording and change the setting, or do i have to have nothing going through the device when switching the attenuatioin..?

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