Ive been recording using an amek 9098i pre and an ssl pre and never had problems. I just got a job at a new studio and all there pre's are tubes. I am using an Avalon right now. here is where i am confused, and i am not quite sure how to word this:
First i should let you know that am recording vocals. I understand that when recording directly into protools you should get the signal as hot as possible w/o it clipping. however, the pre amp distorts at a really low level. when the VU meter hits zero on the amp, the level on protools is just too low. if i bump it up past zero it starts distorting. It seems to distort the mids (400-700 hrtz) the most. the only way to gte proper level in protools is too slam the needle all the way to the left (which sounds terrible obviously.)
The way i have been working around it is to turn the input up so it hits just below zero on the pre and then turn up the output, but this still doesnt sounds right. i have a great avalon mic pre but i cant get it to sound as good as i know it can and its driving me nuts. i also tried going into the avalong and then into a compressor just to use the output gain (no compression) but it added too much noise. I have had similar problems with a pendulum mic pre also. im not sure if its b/c the are both tubes and need to be used differntly or what
Anyone that can help is the ****.