a surprising budget brand... any 2 cents?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by digiduzer, Aug 5, 2005.

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  1. digiduzer

    digiduzer Guest

    Hi everyone!

    first off, let me say this is my first thread posting. Just visited RO for the first time, and had to sign up... hoping to be an active member, though I'm learning right along with you all.

    without further delay,
    I don't know how widely available the brand is being sold, but I have in the past few months picked up a few pieces of gear made by an Italian pro audio company named "Alto"

    Nothing to write home about, but still, for bargain prices, great gear.
    For under $400 USD, I managed to equip my home studio with
    Alto S-8 (8 channel, 2aux, Stereo Bus Mixer w 5 mic pres)
    BK2.0 (2-channel Compressor / Expander/Limiter/Gate)
    AlphaVerb (Digital Reverb unit with over 100 preset combinations)

    Seeing as how I'm not doing anything beyond demos on a DAW, I wanted the flexibility of an outboard deck for playback/monitoring and mic pres, a compressor for squashin and limiting stuff on the way IN rather than later with plugs, and then the AlphaVerb unit to act as a mastering verb or a live-gig verb, and without fail, this gear has served me extremely well.

    Just wondering what other people's experiences with this brand are. For a low-budget home setup, I'd highly recommend it!

    keep on trackin'!!!

  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    What's AD stand for, Alto Dealer? :lol:

    Eh, i'm probably wrong as usual. :roll:
  3. digiduzer

    digiduzer Guest

    haha yes, you're wrong....

    maybe my initials should be R.P so it could stand for Redundant poster...

    is there a law against posting on more than one recording forum?
    obviously, David, you visit more than one forum as well...

    then again, think about it...
    if I was posting questions about Behringers over and over again like many on these forums, my repetitiveness would likely go unnoticed.
    :D j/k to all the Behringer owners out there....

    well, way to be perceptive....

    Adrian D (to prove AD doesn't stand for Alto Dealer)
  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    Forgive my suspiciousness; we've had a good ammount of those types here at RO. You are obviously not one of them, so...

    Welcome to RO! :)
  5. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2005
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    Suspicion does abound here at RO and it's phreaking absurd. First, who gives a crap if someone posts info to get the word out about a product? Whether they're a distributor going incognito or a sales person trying to drum up interest in a line of gear is irrelevant. This is the internet and playing "sphincter poice" is just ridiculous.

    I'm just a normal guy that has a small home recording studio and I've been accused quite a few times of being a "dealer/distributor" a "character assassin" an undercover "sales rep", etc.

    It's ridiculous and absurd and one of the most childishly paranoid things I've seen on a recording website yet. Do any of you guys who do this realize how absolutely Silly you sound?

    It makes people feel unwelcome (it has made me feel unwelcome at times). Spam this and spam that. Who cares?

    Lighten up. Good grief.
  6. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Coyote....You are right ...in a way...and lacking some knowledge in other ways about this subject. Yes, there are many times that the suspicious minds are simply way too flagrant and it taints what should be a pleasant experience ie: logging on and talking about recording. Where you ,perhaps, are failing to understand, is that every mention of a brand name will become a kernal in the cyberspace atmosphere and will become a google-point back to this reference. So, if you are a dealer of gear, and you go on these BB sites and throw your lines of gear around and do so in a way that creates buzz, this will become a reference point for many who have never heard of a particular line, or are looking for opinion and confirmation for their intended purchase. Its like getting free advertising and as such is not fair to those who pony up bucks to advertise in a legitimate way. While there is a bit of ubber-paranoia and distaste in some folks' psyches about this, David is not one of those and as Mods we are always on the look-out for such blatant misuse of our bandwidth here. Its one thing that as volunteers we agree to try and combat. I know it looks silly but I hope now you have a better understanding of the why. Peace...dadogg.
  7. digiduzer

    digiduzer Guest

    I can totally understand how my initial post could have been misconstrued as a sales pitch.
    And I do not fault David for exercising suspision.
    However, the intent of my post was simply a humble request for third-party feedback on a brand I still have certain doubts about.
    Certain pieces have served me well in the limited time I've owned them, but as with any home-studio recording techechnology, I'd be curious to hear some other opinions before I make a poor choice in "brand loyalty"

    Thank you to those who have come to my defense amongst this confusion...i look forward to staying active here at RO, and apologize if we got off on the wrong foot...

    keep on trackin!
  8. wiz1der

    wiz1der Guest

    but anyway, back on the original topic,

    I'm always one to try out cheap gear to see if mods are possible....

    anyone have any experience with alto stuff? And where can i look in to some of thier gear? and no, I'm not a rep or dealer.
  9. I've thought about buying some Alto stuff to see if its moddable (word?) like Alesis and some Behringer products are. Of course, I like to mod anything I didn't have to finance. I, too, would be curious to hear any possibilities other modders have found for Alto.
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