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Re: HMMM!! audio interfaces....
3/12/2008 9:58 PM
Bill North (12497) wrote:
Just thought I'd a gree with you and add my $.02 worth.
You can never have too many preamps!!!
They don't have to be expensive either.
I have some pristine Focusrite ISA preamps that are scary transparent and clear, but I usiually use those for vocals or more demanding precussion instruments. Some of my other preamps have been salvaged from reel to reel tape recorders that were sold "cheap" on eBay because their transports were no longer working. Others wer built up or modified from discarded mixers, etc.
I spent the better part of a year building replicas of classic recording console preamps for my studio and if one is good with electronics one can get top shelf gear at a fraction of what it would cost for even used gear of the same quality.
The input impedance of a preamp intereacts with a mic, changing the way it sounds. Not all preamps have the same input impedances. This is a good thing. My Focusrite have variable input impedance (as well as line in and instrument direct in) and you can definitely hear the sound change as you tweek it. Different mics are happier with different impedances.
Each has it's own way it handles the mics and sounds. They are like different "color" one can choose when laying down the tracks so that when they are mixed they define an "sound" which sits in the ear in a way that captures the performance with life and depth instead of a flat mix.