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Cheap and nondescript gear for unlocking a better audio workflow

Discussion in 'Consols & Control Surfaces' started by Enmore Audio, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. Enmore Audio

    Enmore Audio Active Member

    Sep 15, 2016
  2. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Resource Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    Boston, Massachusetts
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    The sm 57 and a moving blanket are two cheap pieces I use all the time.

    I do question the use of a cheap monitor controller and re amp box though in your article.

    Those things effect significantly the sound your recording and hearing. For instance a mackie big knob is a cheap monitor controller and really degrades the sound. Monitoring is sooo important, I don't think anything in the monitoring chain is a place to be skimpy. In fact I think your better off without the cheap monitor controller.

    It doesn't have to be the most expensive one out there but it's got to be up to a certain standard to remain neutral in the signal path. It seems +$600 price point is where you get something truly worth using. Something like from Audient.

    Same for a re amp box. A $100 passive unit from radial is about as cheap as it gets.

    Something cheap that's passing signal is gonna degrade it significantly.

    If you get away w a budget controller or keyboard midi controller that's cool because it doesn't affect the sonic integrity. Fwiw I have a presonus fader port on tap when I do my next gear order.

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