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Thank you for purchasing an L2P kit! Depending on your level of experience, you should be able to turn the pile of parts in front of you into a working piece of recording gear in about 30 minutes.
If this is your first DIY project ever, we recommend reading our Getting Started Guide before, well, getting started.
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Contents :Assembling the L2P
Assembling the L2P
To successfully build the L2P, you'll need the following tools:
- Soldering iron (and solder)
- Phillips head screw driver
- Wire cutter
If you don't have some of these tools, check out our Recommended Tools page.
Take a moment to identify all the parts of the kit:
- L2P Case
- Foam Pad
- L2P PCB
- Front and back panels
- Input 1/4" jacks (2x)
- Output XLR jacks (2x)
- Toggle switch
- 2.7k resistors (6x)
- 150 resistors (2x)
- Screws (15x)
Idenfity the two 150R resistors and six 2.7k resistors. Bend their leads near the body before inserting them into the PCB.
Place the resistors according to the values marked on the PCB.
Notes: Since resistors don't have any polarity, it doesn't matter which way the leads are facing. And, since this resistor will not be letting off significant heat, you can place the body flush against the PCB.
Before soldering, bend the resistor leads agains the bottom of the pcb.
Solder the resistor to the PCB. Here are a couple good soldering practices to observe:
- Heat the pad and lead together for 2-3 seconds before applying solder
- Apply just enough solder to cover the entirety of the pad, so that no gold is showing through
- Leave the iron in place while you are adding solder and for 1-2 seconds after
- The entire soldering process should take 5-8 seconds
- Allow the solder joint to cool for about 20 seconds before soldering another lead of the same component
Place the 1/4" input jacks in the areas labeled "J1 / INPUT 1" and "J2 / INPUT 2." To keep the jacks in place, bend the leads back with a small flat-head screwdriver as shown.
Solder the leads of the input jacks, leaving about 10 seconds between each joint.
Place the XLRs jack in the "J3 / OUTPUT 1" and "J4/ OUTPUT 2" positions on the PCB. Lay the jacks on their backs with the PCB lying on top of them to solder.
Solder the three metal pins of the XLR jack. Don't solder the two plastic mounting pins.
Place the switch in the "DPDT" position, and bend the longer leads to keep it in place. Before soldering, attach the front panel via the input jacks' mounting nuts and washers.
Once the front panel is mounted firmly, solder the switch to the PCB.
Trim away the excess pins and leads with a wire cutter. Cut each lead as close to the solder joint as possible, without compromising the joints themselves.
Slide the assembled PCB into the lower channel in the chassis. The front panel should be on the side of the case nearest the "L" in "L2P."
Screw in the eight remaining mounting screws. Since these screws are cutting their own threads in the aluminum, you'll feel a healthy amount of resistance the first time you put them in.
It's a good idea to install all four screws on one panel loosely before tightening each one.
Remove the backing and apply the neoprene foam to the bottom of the case.
Congrats on completing your L2P!
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Using the L2P
The L2P (Line to Preamp) is a two-channel, line-level, balanced attenuator. It has two primary applications in the studio:
- Place it after colored mic preamps set on the -10 setting to drive the preamps harder without clipping converters
- Place it between line outputs and and mic inputs on the -30 setting to add preamp color to tracks during mixing
The L2P accepts two balanced inputs via 1/4" TRS jacks 1 and 2. The toggle switch sets both pads to either -10dB or -30dB.
The padded signals exit the L2P via two 3-pin XLR jacks. You can patch the padded signal to any balanced piece of gear, including converters, mixing desks, mic preamps, and signal processors.