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Pristine Signal Path

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Brendan O'Shea, Nov 13, 2003.

  1. I have a G5 running Logic, Neumann u87, BLUE and Rode mics. Does anybody have any suggestions on what I should put between the mics and the computer? I'm starting to do some voice over work, + duo and trios, so I figure I'll need at least one really nice channel, maybe two. If I get a small desk with great pre's then I'm thinking Sebatron to add some colour, but if the desk is average, then a 2 channel Grace may be a better choice. I don't need all the channels to be brilliant, I just need a coupleto be world class. Also, would Lucid or Swissonic be OK for converters into the computer?
    I guess what I'm asking is, if you had a pretty good budget, what would you do about a small mixer, pre's and AD DA converters? I'm definitely after quality, not quantity. Thanks folks.
     
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

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    To keep it small, simple with awsome full, round great sound I'd likely get the API 3124+MB. 4 great world class mic preamps combined with a 4x2 great sounding mixer with aux send/return in one rackspace. Or if your going with a bigger mixer, the API 7600 channel strip is awsome.

    The Lucid converters while not the absolute best, offer a very good price performance ratio and would serve you very well.

    The Focusrite Red-7 is the defacto standard for voiceover work. I sure love the one I have. The newer Focusrite ISA 220 and 430 have the same basic mic pre and compressor and offers additional eq, de-esser and routing flexability. The AMEK/NEVE Channel In a box is another really great channel strip in a single rackspace. The new Massenburg channel strip is also top notch.

    For two rack spaces, the API 7600 and the AMEK/NEVE CIB would be a great flexable combo for voiceover work or anything else to go with any mixer setup.
     
  3. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

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    Uhhh.... yeah, what he said...

    No seriously, Brendan, when it comes to top notch gear, I'd take Gaff's (or Kurt Foster's) advice lickety split. They know their stuff.

    mitz
     
  4. Thanks guys. I haven't been recording for over 10 years now. It sure is intimidating with all the choices these days.
     
  5. audiotech

    audiotech Guest

    Wow, you have had some good suggestions on here.
    Focus Rite always sound good if you are going solid state. Since you are using a U87 may I suggest a tube pre. There are 7 different schematics to the U87 over the years, so This is avery subjective thing. If you want to stay clean use a presonus or Affex. If you want a true tube use the Tubetech or manley.
    I suggest that you contact a couple of vendors or work with a high end store so that you can mix and match. I usually end up with a differnt pre-amp that compliments each different microphone.
    Also, order my Demonstration disc. Just send your physical address ...
    beyond@sti.net
     

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