I have a Aardvark Direct Pro. (3 years) Like it and think Aardvark is great. Track audio from accoustic rock to Hard Rock. Get good recordings but want to step it up so...
I've researched Preamps for 4 months. (Sytek, RNP w/ Grace 101,Sebatron 4000e ect...) I then find out that my Pres on the Aardvark will hinder any outboard pre I try and run into it.
True? Would the LX6 be a better unit to run w/ outboard Pres.
My friend told me a while back that he believes a more Pro sounding recording will only happen w/ better converters & suggested that I should get a Apogee Mini-Me. I don't so much believe that. I thought Aardvark were known for low jitter.?.
So now I'm trying to decide what to do in the best economical way.
A) Just get a Good Preamp and run it through my existing Aardvark Pre's and not worrie about the loss of signal ($600-$1500)
B) Get a Apogee MM, & run it through my Aardvark sPDIF. I'd still have 4 Ins (minimum for drums
and 2 great Converters ($1200)
(How are the MM Pres? Grace like?)
C) Get a Aardvark LX6 to go along with my Direct Pro... I'd have 8 ins, 4 of which I could run outboard Pre's through. ($250 + Preamp , $1000)
D) Sell my Aardvark and get a RME. From what I've read they have great Converters. (?) I think this would be very costly. I'd need a Mixer and Pre's and Comp.
Getting a LX6 was somewhat on my mind for the future anyway,(for more Drum Mics) But a Tech at Aardvark just tried to tell me to get a Q10 because they're a little better Converter than the DP/LX6. I was under the impression for the last 2 years that they were the same.
Thanks for any suggestions,