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What should i buy to update my studio?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by fededrum, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. fededrum

    fededrum Active Member

    HELLO guy. I'm trying to get 8 more preamps to my set up wich is a diggi 002 with already 4 preams added (api 3124).I will love to get the focusrite 828 so I can have 12 good preamps ( I dont want to use the preamp from the diggi couse sound bad). But for what I know the diggi only give me 8 preamps and even those 8 are going through the diggi wich it reduce the quality of the final sound.
    So my questions is:
    What the hell should I do?
    Can I, in someway replace the diggi with something else?
    If I get the Focusrite 828, Do I have to buy a Converter like the Appoge or Lynx?( they are expensive!) and use it with the diggi.

    PLease HELP!
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    You only need to post this once.

    Remy Ann David
  3. fededrum

    fededrum Active Member

  4. havana

    havana Active Member

    Something wrong if you can't get decent audio from digi 002. Are the preamps really that bad???
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    The preamps in a Digi 002 are 100% adequate. They are 100% usable. You can make great recordings with them. However a lot of people, myself included, don't feel they are worth writing home about. While Digi proclaims they are of a proprietary design nature, it's really marketing hype. It's so proprietary it really doesn't sound very good. And they probably...well, don't want to provide us with schematics of their pre-amplifier circuit, because they would be embarrassed over our laughing of their proprietary blah blah joke? Any company that does not want to provide you with a schematic, so that you, a qualified and highly capable technician, can repair your " Professional ", equipment after the warranty expires, ain't professional in my book. The only exception might be the API 2520 Operational Amplifier. But they still provide you with all of the necessary schematic and signal routing documentation, in which to effect repairs. And then you just unplug one 2520 module to replace with another to aid you in your troubleshooting. The 2520s design is protected by potting in epoxy. Kind of like Col. Sanders' 11 secret herbs and spices recipe. Though people have been able to dissolve the epoxy to trace out the actual circuit. Unfortunately, they do not possess the actual component values. That's all dissolved away in the elimination of the epoxy. But then there are also probable and acceptable component replacements and values that can very closely emulate, if not identically duplicate the original circuit design. And I too have that capability to open up my crappy Digi Box and reverse engineer their proprietary blah blah. But more likely would bypass it to be fed from something more capable like my API 3124's. Why go through their crappy blah blah to get to the converter if I don't have to?

    And this is what we perceive.
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  6. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    You haven' mentioned what kind of recording you are doing. Are you tracking live bands or working with samples and overdubbing. Do you really need more gear? You might need a few more good pre amps if you are tracking live and in that case I would recommend you get another four channels of API's. You can't beat APIs with a stick. It would be very cool to have 8 APIs available when tracking live. It's the sound of Rock & Roll!

    Then there's your converter situation. The Digi 002 is getting a bit long in the tooth and upgrading might be a good idea. Those things are getting to the point where upgrades and compatibility are becoming an issue. If you need to collaborate with other musicians / studios, it's time to look at updating.

    If I were going to purchase an inexpensive interface at this time I think I would be wanting one of those Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56. The cool thing about that piece is the 2 liquid pres which can emulate a lot of different mic pres. $800 street.

    If I were going to spend a lot more I think I would be looking at one of the Presonus mixer / software packages, not so much for the mic pres but for everything else they offer. I would still want a few more high end pres to round it out.


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