Hi all, I have a quick question about the iBeam active's volume control. I am playing in my church's Christmas concert in a couple weeks and I am having a bear of a time getting feedback under control. Part of it is due to stage volume, but part of it is not.

I am using a soundhole cover, and this has helped with stage volume problems. At first, I set the guitar volume all the way up, and the popped in the sound hole cover. It was still feeding back in my church's sound system, like the signal was too hot. But when I rolled off the volume enough to kill the feedback (and the "on the verge of feedback" resonance noises), the overall signal was a little too quiet.

I guess my question is this: for a set it and forget it scenario, is it best to have the volume dial all the way up or is there a sweet spot that balances a strong signal with less danger of feedback?

I am using less tha 20 feet of cable overall, and it is high quality cable. Because of the soundhole cover, I cannot easily keep adjusting the guitar's volume.

I am thinking about picking up a Para DI to help fine tune the sound and help with notching out the feedback, and I would have the same question about where to set the guitar volume vs where to set the DI volume and how that affects feedback.

A new pickup is not really an option right now, plus I do like the sound of the iBeam in general. I am mostly looking for a quick and effective fix for now, and then after the concert I can start to think about more drastic measures.

Thanks.