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What is the difference between Mic, Line, and Instrument level?

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Mic Level is the lowest signal level which travels through an XLR connection and requires a preamp to be raised to Line Level. This should be used whenever using a microphone with your interface.


Line Level is the highest signal level which travels through a TRS connection. This is the standard type of signal and should be used when connecting any non-instrument piece of hardware to your interface (i.e. an outboard preamp or processor).


Instrument Level is the most variable level signal which will travel through a TS connection and will also require a preamp to be raised to Line Level. This should be selected whenever connecting an instrument directly to your interface.

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