Examples of a Gain Stage
- The power of your voice is a gain stage.
- The distanced between your mouth and microphone is gain stage
- The microphone itself is a gain stage, as it can have dB pads and EQ Hi-Pass filters in it
- The compressor can have 2 gain stages in it. The input and output of it
- The audio interfaces line in can have a gain adjustment in it
Things You Need to Watch Out For
- If your input level is set too high, your track fader may have to be set very low and this can make it the fader too low to have any kind of control in the upper part. When your track father is set too low, you wil find it very difficult to adjust and fine tune your levels.
- If your preamp level is too high, the signal can overdrive the audio interface's input or the next gain stage in the signal path. Preamp settings are very important. A preamp setting that is not optimal will result in severe deficiencies and those deficiencies will carry over to the mixing and mastering stages.
- If your preamp level is set too low, then your track fader will have to be set too high and that can yield a very bad signal to noise ratio (s/n ratio)