Bundle 2 vs. Bundle 3 - 20 vs 24 bit input

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Shane Milburn, Feb 12, 2001.

  1. Hello all,

    I'm considering Paris for a project studio and was looking for comments on the difference in the 20 and 24 bit inputs.

    I'm really trying to decide whether a Bundle 2 setup will serve OK or whether I might as well start w a Bundle 3.

    Are there many users happy with a Bundle 2? It sounds like the MEC and Bundle 3 is the starting point for most everyone.

    If 20 bit inputs are good can 2 442s be used to get 8 in/8 out setup?

    Thanks for any comments, Shane
  2. Dedric

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    A bundle 2 is a good place to start, but there is a difference in sound quality between the 20bit analog I/O and 24-bit I/O cards for the MEC. The 24-bit I/O converters are some of the best around for a DAW, IMO. Your decision really depends on how much you want to put into the system to start off. A bundle 3 runs just under $5k (though there are used, or pre-Paris Pro systems for a little more than half that). If you plan to run 16-bit SPDIF I/O to any devices (and 16-bit in Paris), then even if you add an MEC and 2nd EDS card later, the 442 can still be used for digital I/O, and for analog I/O that isn't as critical. The only Bundle 2s right now are used or old stock - Emu is blowing out the 442 interface for $199 right now. If you want to start with higher quality audio, the MEC/Bundle 3 and at least one input and one output card is the way to go.

  3. Dedric, thanks for responding to my question. For a while I thought my message was lost out there. I didn't see it for several days after I posted it and thought it had disappeared.

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