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Mixer front ends....

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Scott Griffin, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. I just recently upgraded my front end from a Mackie VLZPro to a Ramsa WR S4424 (primarily for the convenience of the direct outs on all channels, although the improved mic preamps didn't hurt a bit)

    One of the things I like to do when I take a step forward on my setup is look at where the next logical step would be on that particular piece of the puzzle, so I have constant goals in mind for evolving the entire system.

    I already know where I intend to go with my DAW interface (either a Fireface 800 or a MOTU 828) and my converters (Rosetta 800s), but should I be looking at another step up in my console before I begin just investing in more esoteric single-channel preamps? Would a Ghost be enough of a move up to justify the expense?
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    You have to ask yourself what the reasons would be for investing in another mixer rather than preamps/interfaces for your DAW. If you run live sound or want to use a physical mixer for mixdown, then those may be good enough reasons, but otherwise for studio use, direct multi-channel input to your DAW is the way most people are going. Your existing mixers are perfectly adequate for generating headphone monitor mixes for tracking.

    Take a look at the new A+H Zed-R24. It could give you the step-up in front-end and EQ quality you talk about at the same time as saving you the need to buy another interface (FF800 etc).
  3. I know a lot of folks are going to the AD+Pres in one box, because the quality has increased incrementally over the past decade.

    However, I'm still a pretty hardcore discrete component type of guy - 24 channel mixer for the preamp side, plain AD boxes on the other, preferably with a separate interface unit. Why?

    1) If one fails, you can replace the one, rather than replace the whole.

    2) Discrete components, IMO, still yield a better result than all-in-one boxes. No one box is going to have the best preamps, converters, etc. So why settle?

    Now, I also do a great deal of live recording and live sound, so it just makes sense to have my front end be a mixer anyway.

    Are the pres on the Zeds any better than their GL pres? I bought this Ramsa and passed on a GL2200 for the explicit reason that the preamps are superior - in some folks' minds, they're up in the Midas Venice range as quality and clarity go....
  4. planet10

    planet10 Active Member

    in regards to your interface, DONT DO MOTU!! go with the fireface800 it rocks BIG TIME!!!!
    but why are you adding the rosetta 800's to the chain?? the interface (fireface800/motu) is your converter, unless you already own the apogee??.......im stupmed by that?? i would put the RME up against the apogee anyday andit KILLS the Motu stuff easily.
    please clue me in i must be missing something.

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