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Does the quality of the audio interface matter if you have an external preamp?

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2 years 8 months
Hello, I’m an aspiring audio engineer and I am looking to build a home studio for Rap/HipHop. I have a few questions I couldn’t really find anywhere online, the first one being that does the audio interface matter if I’m purchasing the preamp. I am aware that there are preamps built into the audio interface, but i want to achieve a cleaner and better sound by buying the pieces separately. So I’m curious if I purchase a preamp separately, does it even matter what preamp I purchase?

Roswell Mini K47 Preamp

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18 years 6 months
Just purchased a Roswell Mini K47to record National Resonator( steel body). I am using a Focusrite Pro 40 or Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.
I have a Presonus Eureka preamp but, looking for suggestions on an alternative preamp that would work well with this mic. Price range $300-$400.

Preamp and A/D converter ideas

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13 years 8 months

I have a question for you guys.
For our archive digitizing works, we are currently using a couple of neve 1073DPD.
We will be needing 4 new channels, which would mean 2 other 1073 for around 5000$.
So I was wondering if you guys would have any ideas of some other gear that could do the trick for a little less money.
It could be an interface (all included), some other preamp+converter (standalone) or even preamps and converters (separately).

Clipping with the Scarlett internal preamp

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3 years 5 months
HI all, I have a Scarlett 18i8 that I bought so that I could mic my drums which it does fine but I noticed that when I went to mic my vocals I clip with the louder decibels. I haven't really experimented with compression and/or limiters) I ventured and bought a better mic to solve the problem. Not the best but a nice AKG c314. But I'm still clipping when my vocals start to rise in volume. Should I fool around with limiters and compression in my DAW? or should I consider a preamp?
Thank You...

The Downside To Great Preamps And Converters

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8 years 9 months
Since my recent acquisition of some very good Preamps and a definitive and noticeable step up in conversion quality, I've run into the "downside" of using these...
It really brings to the forefront the weak links in the recording chain - in my case, it's been painfully obvious to me that the overall tone of my acoustic guitar sucks.

Does a bass preamp fry a channel on an analog board?

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3 years 8 months
My bass player just fried two channels on my board. He used a preamp compression pedal, into a passive DI box into an XLR channel. My formerly beautiful board smoked. It was clipping. We changed channels, DI box, cables and the second channel started to smell too. I disconnected the bass player and ran him thru my Roland keyboard amp. Please help me understand what happened! The board was only two months old and never had a problem with bass, to di to board. Is it the preamp?

Amateur Audiophile seeking preamp

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4 years
Hello audio nerds!

Audio noob here and I've been looking at the dbx 286s as a potential option for a microphone preamp. I like that it includes an expander/gate. I was also looking at the ART Digital MPA-II (not exactly sure what A/D conversion is exactly)...

What are your suggestions for units similar to these? I am definitely prioritizing the preamp side of it, but a rack with other toys built in (compressor, effects, etc...) sounds appealing.

Microphone/preamp upgrade questions.

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10 years 8 months
Hi guys,
Here's a gear question: Is a RODE NT2A a big step up from an AUDIO TECHNICA AT2020 as far as sound quality? If I want to track in stereo, does a pair of mics aimed toward that end such as the AKG perception 107s work better than if I simply buy a second AT2020 (that is mostly for stereo acoustic guitar and drum ohs) ? How can I figure out if the mic pres that I'm using are too cheap for my mics or vice-versa? What pays off more in the long run: upgrading the mic pres/interface, upgrading to a better sounding mic, or upgrading to a more versatile mic?