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More important: front end(A/D) or back end (D/A)?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by phanatik, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. phanatik

    phanatik Guest

    Wanted 2 knno from others about which end is more improtant 2 have(if u have 2 have just the 1)?

    We are a hip-hop production team/company. We make beats using mostly samples and keyboard. So we dont do any live recording. No special outboard gear(yet). We track using our beat machines(MPC/Triton) patched directly 2 our Digi 002. Thats it.

    We do have a Benchmark DAC-1, just want 2 kno which end is more important 2 hear whats goin on... before and after goin in to our computer.

    And do u think we need 2 have an A/D converter?
  2. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    In your case DAC. It's more important to hear what's going on in the mix so you can make informed mixing decisions (panning, volume, eq).
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    The DAC is likely better for your working style. A2D has always been a more critcle function and in most devices is lower quality than the D2A section.
  4. phanatik

    phanatik Guest

    thnkx 4 the info and reply.

    so is there a true need 4 us getting the other(front) end?

    ...so u put the lime n the coke?
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
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    If you get to recording vocals you gonna want the AD- until then you'd be ok with the DA- Of course you could sent the korg in via spdif if you had a AD and that might give you a bit better resolution that patching it in analog-

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