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best preamp: MOTU 896HD, TASCAM DR680, ROLAND R44?

Discussion in 'Preamps & Processing' started by adrjork, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. adrjork

    adrjork Member

    Jul 3, 2011
    Hi guys,
    I need to record piano recitals with 3 or 4 Audio Techinca mics. I use MOTU 896HD with Macbook Pro and Logic Pro, but it isn't really a "portable" solution. So I wonder if TASCAM DR680 or ROLAND R44 could be a good solution. In your opinion MOTU's preamps (and generally the recording quality) are better then DR680 and R44, or not? Quality is similar or not?
    Thanks for your answers.
  2. Tom Fodor

    Tom Fodor Active Member

    Jun 25, 2003
    Queensland Australia
    So far all of the gear you have mentioned would fall under the category of pro-sumer equipment (not the best quality at all). Try Apogee ensemnble with a nice multichannel Pre. Or some of the portico gear is quite good and is half rack so it's compact. A lunchbox with some nice pre's and good quality converters could be the go too.
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Its piano recitals. Anything with a clean front-end and decent gain structure will work. It will eventually all come down to mic placement and selection. You say you are using Audio-Technica so things could be fine depending on the models.

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