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I want to buy na 8 channel preamp with ADAT lightpipe and i need some help to decide the best quality equip. I have search and find this 4 option:

-Focusrite octopre + ADAT interf card $1000 (96khz/ADAT/compr/limiter)
-Mackie onyx800r $1000 (192 khz/ADAT/M-S enc)
-PreSonus digimax LT $800 (48khz/ADAT)
-maudio octane $600 (48khz/ADAT/M-S enc)

Is there a better equip in this price range?
Which one is the best?


anonymous Tue, 05/09/2006 - 12:29

I've heard some nice things about those Onyx mixers actually. Might be your best bang for buck ratio there...
I had a Presonus Digimax. not bad. you can get them for cheaper than $800 if you look hard enough...

must you have the ADAT out? if not, look into a True Precision 8. might be out of range, but a killer 8 channel pre...

unless youre going into an 002 or something to get more in. the presonus or Onyx will suit you well. Id go the Onyx tho. Probably as nice if not nicer pres than the digimax, and you get a digital mixer as well.

saemskin Tue, 05/09/2006 - 17:24

sort of on topic....
suppose one picks the 800r, but not necessarily because its a preamp,. but to add 8 channels quick and dirty, because one doesnt trust the alesis ai3 for whatever reason.
Are there any drawbacks to using a preamp stage for an expansion. IE to just run anything through with no gain most of the time?

anonymous Thu, 05/11/2006 - 00:36

If you want really, really high quality preamps pay 1000/2000 dollars per channel but you state budget so...

These days nobody makes bad preamps anymore in your price range, even Behringer does a decent job. They all work fine for the job they are supposed to do: power your mics. Do not expect anything more, so no amazing character, unbelievable loudness etc. But if you have some good mics, good recording skills and good ears you can make some kick ass recordings with all of them! I'd go for the Focusrite by the way, don't ask me why, I just like it.


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