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Re: OT: setting the gain

I like the idea with a mixer. The G5 has a separate XLR output, which can be setup pre-fx. You could pan the xlr output hard left and the L/R 1/4" output hard right and compare the levels in left and right channels of your mixer. Then you could aim for unity gain (input=output level) or a constant boost between input and output. Note that the differences are sometimes what you want (think of a boost-for-solo patch). This is just the tip of the iceberg, as there are many other factors like eq on your guitar, playing style etc. Zoom claims that internal processing is 32-bit which should give enough headroom, so I wouldn't worry about 'optimal' signal/noise ratio. In general getting consistent levels in a multi-fx is a bit of a challenge. If you want to keep it simple - use the patch level to adjust the volume (per patch).

Hope this helps,

W dniu 31.05.2013 08:53, Ben pisze:

This is quite OT but I think I may have usefull info from the techwizards 
this list.
I recently bought a zoom G5 pedalboard (a kind of M13 for the poor ;-).
I use it in front of my Fender Mustang I Combo (no FX loop), I wonder how I
should check the gain so the signal/noise ratio is the best without sound

The factory presets on the G5 have a lot a volume difference and my 
question is
how do you assure a correct level when using a multi FX like this and make 
even sound among presets?
Is the best solution to use a VU-metre on a mixing desk to create the 
I sometime uses the clip led of my jamman but this not precise enough. As 
amp has also its own amp modelling, using the ear is not enough to detect 
if the
distorsion come from the amps sim on the G5, the input overloaded or the 
amp sim
on the amp.

Any input?