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Posted - 05/22/2009 :  10:50:12 PM  Show Profile
I am new to the world of amps and preamps. Today I bought a Para Acoustic D.I. preamp. I plan to use it with my acoustic Pono ukulele that has a passive pickup inside of it. I plan to connect the ukulele to the preamp and the preamp to an amplifier (a Roland Micro Cube).
1) There are two outputs on the preamp. The “Balanced XLR Output” on the preamp is described in the “User’s Guide” as being a “balanced low impedance output.” The “1/4” output” on the preamp is described in the “User’s Guide” as a “regular unbalanced output.” As a newbie to all of this stuff, could you please describe the difference between these two outputs and the differences between balanced vs. unbalanced, low impedance, etc.
2) Which of these two outputs on this preamp should I connect to my amplifier? What are the reasons for the choice?
Thanks for your time.


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Posted - 05/23/2009 :  02:50:28 AM  Show Profile
I will leave the technical to someone else but here is a quick answer to your connection question.
The XLR is designed to go directly to a P.A. mixer. The 1/4 output is for your amp.

1)You can show up without an amp and send your Uke right into the P.A. system with the XLR output.
2)You can play through your amp with the 1/4 output.
3) or you can do both at the same time.

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