Aardvark Q10 and preamp help

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Lumin, Dec 24, 2002.

  1. Lumin

    Lumin Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
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    I am not sure if this is the right forums to post this

    I just got a studio projects vtb-1 and i am wondering what would be the best way to connect it to the Q10
    should i run through the inserts or the inputs on the front of the interface?
    is anyone else using these two in conjunction with each other?
    any help would be greatly appreciated

    thank you!

  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    This is a good place to post this kind of question, also micing, tracking, mixing &
    editing or small steps would have be fine.
    I went to the Aardvark Q10 web page
    and I learned the Q10 has these ins and outs…

    10 In/10 Out Computer Audio Interface
    8 Discrete Transistor XLR Mic Preamps
    8 ¼" Balanced Line Inputs
    4 ¼" TRS
    48 Volt Phantom Power
    Powered VU Meters
    2 EFR™ Guitar Hi-Z Inputs
    S/PDIF Digital
    Word Clock I/O
    Multi-Client Driver
    ¼" Headphone Out w/ Level Knob
    Stereo ¼" Monitor Out w/ Level Knob
    Expandable up to 4 Units (40 In/40 Out)

    You may use the line input or one of the 4 inserts to route the VTB 1 into your Q10. However the Q10 is supposed to have very good mic pre amps....

    8 Discrete Microphone preamps:
    The mic pre-amps in the Q10 are a hand crafted, discrete transistor
    design that yield outstanding noise specs and pristine sound quality.
    Most other manufacturers soundcards use standard
    "mic-pre-on-a-chip" solutions, which are not discrete and can lack the
    clarity and definition needed for professional use. The mic pre's in the
    Q10 are shielded in the breakout box and combine with top of the line
    converters to deliver professional audio quality from your mic's to
    your computer.

    4 Inserts for Outboard Effects: The Q10 is armed with 4
    TRS ¼" inserts that work just like those of an analog
    mixer. These connect directly to outboard signal
    processing gear so you can 'insert' the processed analog
    signal between the mic preamps and the A/D converter. This means
    your classic analog signal processing gear such as EQs, compressors,
    limiters, can be easily integrated with the Q10s crystal clear mic
    preamps, allowing you to still use your favorite analog processors

    I would say try both your VTB 1 and the Q10's pres and see witch you like best. You may find each is good for certain things. ……….. Fats
    It's my opinion, I'll play with it if I want to!
  3. Lumin

    Lumin Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
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    thanks fats
    i have read and am aware of the pres on the q10, but did not know if i should bypass them
    i will be buying some cable today to try the inserts

    thanks for the help though
  4. Lumin

    Lumin Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
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    my predicament:
    the q10 has inserts in the rear of the unit
    i plug my TRS plug end into this insert and plug the y 1/4" end into the VTB
    i get no signal into my soundcard or through my headphones
    i look at the diagrams on the studioprojects website for the vtb but each cable used on the input of this unit is a TRS
    i need help because i cannot understand how to plug this pre into the inserts of the q10
    does anyone know a way?
    thank you for your help


    each insert is assigned to to 2 inputs on the front of the q10
  5. Lumin

    Lumin Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
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    God helped me figure it out :)
    i think it was a lack of sleep that caused me to not understand what my problem was
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