I have Element Active Pickups installed in three of my instruments: Larrivee OM-1, Larrivee L-9, and Trinity College Bouzouki. I run them all through a Para DI and then into a microphone channel on the board. My settings are as follows: Element Active volume control, all the way up. Para DI input gain, almost all the way down. Para DI output volume at about 1/2. The input gain on the board channel, all the way down.

In general, I am happy with the sound. But I have the same issue with all three, to some degree. I play fairly hard and often hear what I think is breaking up, or distortion in the signal. And a few times sound engineers at venues have asked me to reduce the signal because the guitar is breaking up.

Any ideas what could be causing this? Is it just a natural consequence of playing aggressively on an acoustic guitar with an Element Active installed?

Anyone else out there experience this?