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Is the M-Audio pro semi pro or neither? Should I dump it?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by dblock, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. dblock

    dblock Active Member

    Is the m-audio NRV-10 considered pro gear (not high end but "having the specs to qualify it as pro gear)? The reason I ask is that I use it because it has inserts for my compressors and my daw doesn't but my outboard gear is somewhat high end. I'm using the NRV strictly as analog gear not for it's digital stuff. I've been told I should take it out altogether but I'm into second opinions when it comes to this stuff. I often believe your equipment is only as good as your weakest link but I'm not sure in this case if using it this way would compromise the sound of the higher end gear I have. What I thought I might do is either take it out of the chain altogether OR put my good preamp AFTER it. Heres my gear list to give you an idea of what it's working with....
    neko 64 daw, avalon 2055, manley SLAM! ( good chance I'll sell it if it has no real place here), Alan smart c2, finalizer 96k, l2 maximizer ( not to be used for their converters. Instead I got a apogee Rosetta 200 which will go into the Tascam DV-RA 1000 hd for cd mastering.
    I'd appreciate some input on this.
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Don't worry so much about what people think of if someone thinks something is pro audio or not. If it is wotking for you and you like it, then use it.

    On the pro audio side, I wouldn't let high end gear like you mention anywhere near anythig made by M-audio.
  3. dblock

    dblock Active Member

    mmm. I like your answer. Definitely something to think about mainly because without it, I'll have to run my outboard gear in series instead of inserts which I guess isn't a bad thing. Something to think about.
  4. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    I don't classify gear as being "pro" or "not pro." A radio shack mic can sound more kick ass on a voice than a U87 can in a particular song.

    Use what you've got to make good recordings. Getting hung up on whether or not gear is pro enough will do nothing for honing your skills.
  5. junya-eskimo

    junya-eskimo Guest

    yeah ,

    I not sure about radio shack and U87's on the same page, but i totally see what you meant, gear is only as good as its user...

    M-audio is not really pro, because i guess of its limitations of performance against higher end stuff, but does not mean you cant get and amazing sound out of it...]

    Just concentrate on the music and then when YOU feel the limitations maybe look higher,,


  6. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Gear shouldn't be labeled as pro or not pro. It is that type of mentality that will keep you spending money on the latest n greatest and wondering why your work still sucks. The person running the ship is who decides what is pro and what isn't. The best piece of gear or the weakest link in the chain is you.

    Much like sex....it's not how big it is, but its how you use it.
  7. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Its funny you can spend a lot of energy, and money, worrying about your signal chain. But in the end, it’s the music that matters. It’s really true you can get amazing sounds with very little gear. I really think the issue comes down to creativity. If you are creative enough, you can get a sound you are happy with, with any gear.

    Myself I have used M-AUDIO in the past, I had a Delta 44 when I was a student and it served me well. Now that I have more funds, and time to pay attention to the smaller details I have gone through a bunch of different ADC’s. However, even though I have much more pleasing ADC’s now, I still listen to old mixes I did on the delta and enjoy the music.

    Bottom line: do the best you can with what you have, and you will enjoy the playback in the years to come.

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