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fatso, hedd, and AD conversions....

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by saemskin, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    I beseech you, the denizens of RO to help me spend my money wisely :wink: To preface, I have read most of the more recent threads here with the words distressor & fatso in them.

    What I want:
    something outboard to run this (drums) or that (synths) through to give it a different/better sound quality. I dont want to use those certain words, I wont do it, like warm or fat :)
    90% of the time I end up bouncing alot of my tracks down to audio tracks anyway, and I want something outboard to impart different characteristics to those tracks. I'm looking for something that will hold most of its value for a few months at least, if I end up hating it or not using it.

    Between tax return and raise time at work I am allocating myself 3-4k in studio upgrade funds. My room treatment project is completely separate from this. Of course, the less I spend on this, the more there is for, say... an Elektron Machinedrum or Roland V-synth.

    What I think I need/options:
    If I could ask you to peruse my gear list briefly so you can get a feel, its locateed here

    1. The first thing that comes to mind is either a fatso or the dual distressor unit. They are very sexy, people seem to love them. What I'm wondering is, are the converters on my modified MOTU 828MKII sufficient enough to get the signal out then back in again? If not, what would *you* recommend?

    2. Cranesong HEDD. Again, you guys seem to dig pretty much anything made by Cranesong, their reputation seems to be a good enough selling point for me. This thing is really expensive though, so if option 1 could go ADDA-less I would rather hit that route.

    3. Neve Portico 5042. I cant find much user info about this, but it's 2 channels and 1650$ so it fits. Again, I wonder about ADDA with this.

    I'm open to any other options you guys might have. I'm not looking to just spend money to have more $*^t laying around, I do want a better sound. The music I make is purely ITB industrial/electronic/experimental, there is no live instrumentation to speak of, yet.
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    You know, your posting is slightly confusing in that if the music that you create is all " in the box", then you have no need for analog-to-digital conversion since everything is digital to begin with?? If you are using microphones, your MOTU FireWire unit is probably more than adequate, especially since you've already indicated it is " modified" (not sure what that implies)? You said you don't want to just " spend more money" which sounds like what you really want to do anyhow? There aren't many affordable items these days that actually hold their value beyond a few months. High-priced esoteric gear retains its value a little longer like Manley and DW Fern.

    The compressors you mention are nice but there are also nice plug-ins within the digital realm to consider. Obviously no one else has responded to your posting probably for the same reasons I've stated? You seem slightly misguided? I know this is probably not the answer you wanted to see. Since I've seen your post the past couple of days, I thought I would answer from an experienced level. So there you are! I've just saved you a bunch of money! Now take me out to dinner?

    The beautiful Moocher
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    I only posted this yesterday, and I assumed this statement was pretty clear about what I want, since I labled it "what I want"

  4. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    nobody here owns a fatso, distressor, HEDD, or Portico 5042?

    and Remy, my wife says its ok to take you out to dinner. You live near Toledo? :wink:
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Now I'm so sorry I moved away from Detroit! Washington DC is just too far but thanks anyhow!! You have a great wife! How she can live with an audio junkie, I just don't know....

    Ms. Remy Ann David

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