UA-20 distortion

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I'm having a problem recording through my UA-20. When attempting to
record guitar or bass through the device using either the line out on
the amp or through a direct box I get distortion, as if the signal is
clipping. However, according to the meters in Sonar, I'm not clipping
at all. But the sound is very distorted.

So thinking I was just feeding it too hot a signal, I decided to plug
a SM-58 directly into it. Same thing. the sounds distorts horribly and
the waveform is actually squared off... as if it's being clipped. And
it's like this no mattter how low I adjust the input level knob. I can
turn it way down and I do get a quieter signal...but still distorted!

Now one last thing to throw everyone for a loop. I can plug my Roland
GT-3 into it, and I get a nice dynamic recording. in fact, we ended up
running the mic through the GT-3 on a clean patch just to get some
tracks down tonight. but obviously, that's not the way this thing is
supposed to work.

So I don't know what's up. Any ideas?

Dana
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    In article <61606e94.0407272030.e7f28b7@posting.google.com> ss_whiplash@yahoo.com writes:

    > I'm having a problem recording through my UA-20. When attempting to
    > record guitar or bass through the device using either the line out on
    > the amp or through a direct box I get distortion, as if the signal is
    > clipping. However, according to the meters in Sonar, I'm not clipping
    > at all. But the sound is very distorted.

    Sounds like a gain structure problem. What's a UA-20? (at least who's
    the manufaturer?)


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