No worries Kayton!
I was perhaps being rather pedantic. The problem is people get confused about "matching" and this audio game is technical enough and there is a lot of misinformation and outright advertising "puff" out there confusing folks.
Whatever gets you the sound you want is right.
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Kayvon wrote:I need to re-read what exactly my Little Labs Redeye is doing impedance-wise when I put it in between my soundcard and these various guitar inputs.
I've just had a look at the website and downloadable 'manual', and it doesn't say anything other than that the reamp output is suitable for a high-impedance guitar amp input... but then almost conventional electronic source would be!
It does mention that its transformers were chosen for the sonic quality, and I presume that applies equally to both the DI and reamp sides.
Suffice for me to say I find it beneficial to have the reamp box connected versus just attenuating levels using my mixer. I can then make finer gain adjustments to dial in exactly what level of distortion I want.
Yes, there are several practical advantages from using a proper Reamp box for this application. They convert the balanced line-level source into an unbalanced instrument level one, while also providing ground isolation (to avoid nasty ground-loop noises) and, in the case of the red eye (and some others), selectable polarity-inversion too.
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Update: So I was able to try my Doepfer modules in their attenuator setting. Works a treat! Best part is because they also act as mixers and mults, I was able to take the audio from a single module and run both the dry and effected signals simultaneously. Perfect!
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