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preamp compressor/mixer signal path

Discussion in 'Preamps & Processing' started by dreamtownmusic, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. Hi Everyone,
    I just bought a Drawmer 1960 pre/comp, and I have a few questions about how I should hook it up.

    I want to run a couple of Neumann TLM 170s through it to record Vocals and/or acoustic Guitar.

    I have a Soundtracks Topaz 24 channel desk and I'm running into a Motu interface and with 24 bit analog inputs.

    First of all, I'm wondering if I should run the mics straight into the 1960 and then to the directly to the interface, thereby taking advantage of the superior preamps of the 1960, bypassing any extra circuitry.

    Or should I run the mics straight into the 1960, then to the board so I can EQ before recording, which I'd like to be able to do, and if so, should I go from the output of the 1960 to the Line IN (balanced1/4") or the Mic In (XLR) on the mixer?

    Or should I just use the channel inserts from the mixer to access the 1960?

    I appreciate your advice.


    Chris Paulson
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    You may run out of the 1960 directly to the recorder for the shortest, cleanest path ... Or you can come out of the 1960 into a channel insert return on the Topaz so you can use the eq, fader and routing features of the console along with the Drawmer ... either way should yield acceptable results ..
  3. routing

    I understand now, going back into the Topaz through through the insert return avoid the the Topaz preamps, still gives me all the mixers possibilties for monitoring and so forth.

    Thanks very much,
  4. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Yep, what Kurt said.
    Straight to the recorder-shortest path always.


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