Hi all, I’m hoping that I’m doing something obviously wrong, but I’ve been having some issues with my Dwarf. I messaged with @MikeFlynnBass on Instagram yesterday mentioning how I seemingly had a really low output on my Dwarf, to the extent that even at the edge of clipping on both input and output I had to run two compressors in my UA Apollo interface, and was getting some persistent low-grade hiss that was driving me nuts. My Dwarf gain settings were at 40% input gain, 65% output gain, and my Apollo line input was set at 22 dB (9 o’clock on the big knob), again with two compressors on it, each with substantial gain to get a signal peaking at -12.
Mike shared with me his settings, (Dwarf input gain around 18%, output gain 0%, with a couple gain plugins at noon and a Calf Limiter at the end of his chain). Today I set up a very simple pedalboard to try to test it out and hopefully get rid of the hiss. With Mike’s settings I am not getting any output at all into my interface, even though the output lights on the Dwarf are green. So I figured I’d take out the output cables (balanced) and try to use the headphone output on the Dwarf to check the levels, just to rule out anything with the Apollo. As soon as I plugged the headphones in I heard a local radio station, fairly loudly. I am not getting any sound in my headphones from my bass, even if the input light and output lights are green, until I bring the output gain up to around 85%, at which point I get a weak bass signal. My headphone volume is 80%.
I unplugged my bass entirely, unplugged all inputs and outputs other than the headphones and still am getting a substantial radio signal in my headphones. No instrument. I plugged my bass back in and ran the input directly to the outputs in the GUI, needed to raise the output gain above 50% before getting any weak bass sound at all. Still plenty of radio signal though.
I loaded the Black Pearl 4a plugin and ran a midi pad into it, still at Mike’s Dwarf gain settings. Very faintly behind the radio I can hear the drums. Full green lights on the output, but again, no level showing up on my interface console.
What am I doing wrong? Why am I getting radio? Is my Dwarf ok? @jon, any suggestions on how else to troubleshoot or other settings to try?