Better to upgrade AD/DA conversion or pre's?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by J-3, May 25, 2005.

  1. J-3

    J-3 Active Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    Hi guys, just thinking about sinking some $ into more pre's mics etc but I was wondering how much a difference real nice conversion would make. I'm running 16 channels of Delta 1010's right now. To me they sound fine BUT they are all I've ever used. Instead of getting that API 3124+ I've been jonesing for perhaps I should get 2 kick ass or 16 damn good channels of conversion. (( I do mostly rock, country, jazz etc and use an MP2NV for lots o' overdubs. I have how ever been doing more and more "live" recordings which require all 16 inputs, thats why I'm jonesing for more pre's.))

    Thanks tons....
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Well for one, different converters will not get you more pre amp channels ...

    My feeling is that transducers are the most important thing ... and a mic pre is just an extention of the microphone. Just as with mics that employ fet or tube electronics or different electronics with the same capsules .... a mic pre can make a huge amount of difference in what a mic sounds like.

    I became convinced of this the day I first tried my U87ai with my Sebatron vmp4000e ..... I had never heard a U87 sound soooo good. No converter in the world could have done whay that Sebatron did for my U87.

    I also feel that the best converters make a big difference as well .... but if you're feeding a killer converter a crap signal, all you will wind up with in the end is well converted crap. Cart before the horse and all that rot .....
  3. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2001
    Deffinately pres and mics before converters.
    This has been discussed here many times before.
  4. J-3

    J-3 Active Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    Well put Kurt. I'm glad that's what the outcome is. I completely agree with what you said about good pre's/mics. My first experiance putting my R-121 thru the EL8x and GR on my old Deluxe Reverb was divine. It makes me smile everytime! I just wasn't shure how much adding say two channels of kick ass conversion would help to get that "pro" sound when overdubbing. Sweet! Now to spend some dinero on pre's and mics. Whoohoo!!!! I'll save the conversion upgrades for later.

    Thanks guys..
  5. poprocks

    poprocks Guest

    ... unless you're still rocking the Soundblaster, right? :lol:
  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    buy a good pre now and you will still be using it long into the future
    and well after you have upgraded the computer and interfaces
  7. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    I know your feeling J. I have been getting tempted heavily by Ebay'd Apogee converters. The old 2 channel 48k A/D to use as my gold channels. I think they go around $500 on the ebay.
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