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Really Touch Decision

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by badnews, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. badnews

    badnews Active Member

    Im trying to upgrade my setup and over the last few days I have done hours of research and everyone is suggesting different things

    I currently have the m-audio firewire solo with the audio-technica at3035

    I have under $1,000 to spend and wanted to spend it on a good preamp

    Then I heard since I'm using the Firewire Solo, the quality will still be horrible

    So people suggested the RME Babyface or the Duet2 to replace the Solo.

    Then some newer suggestions were since Im using an iMac I could get the FocusRite ISA One Digital and since it is digital out, I could hook it up to my iMacs digital mini-toslink input

    The ISA was my favorite choice and what I was going to get until someone said that I won't be able to monitor the sound unless I use the firewire solo

    But on the site it says this Headphone output with volume controlISA One can feed either a sum of the two inputs to the headphones output, or an external stereo cue mix (such as a stereo mix feed from an interface) via two TRS Jack inputs on the rear of the unit.

    So my question is....
    Wil I get the best quality from using the ISA to my iMac and will I be able to monitor with the ISA without using the computers audio device?
    Or should I avoid this and go for the RME or duet2?
    Another thing to add... Im probably going to be getting the shure SM7B pretty soon as well

    This is the hardest purchase decision of my life so any advice is greatly appreciated!!!
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I haven't been following your thread so I'm not totally up on what you are trying to do here but you could buy my FF800 for $1200 that would be pretty sweet.

    4 preamps, converter, firewire and headphones.
  3. badnews

    badnews Active Member

    I do commentary so i only need one channel
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    ISA One is kind of overkill. I personally don't think there's anything wrong with continuing to use the Firewire Solo. You could look into a Mackie Onyx Blackjack which has two channels and Burr Brown based Preamps. Jammster has the Blackbird and he seems to really like it. What kind of project are we talking about? Is this a web project like a podcast or is this something more sophisticated?
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I respect Hue's opinion but I hate M-Audio products. Not as much as an M9 but pretty strongly none the less. The Blackjack is worthy of consideration though.
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    I suppose it's a matter of application. I'm not a fan of M-Audio either but he has it already. If it works, why not use it? Of course there are plenty better options out there.

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