Cheap and nondescript gear for unlocking a better audio workflow

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by Enmore Audio, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. Enmore Audio

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    Sep 15, 2016
  2. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    Boston, Massachusetts
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    The sm 57 and a moving blanket are two cheap pieces I use all the time.

    I do question the use of a cheap monitor controller and re amp box though in your article.

    Those things effect significantly the sound your recording and hearing. For instance a mackie big knob is a cheap monitor controller and really degrades the sound. Monitoring is sooo important, I don't think anything in the monitoring chain is a place to be skimpy. In fact I think your better off without the cheap monitor controller.

    It doesn't have to be the most expensive one out there but it's got to be up to a certain standard to remain neutral in the signal path. It seems +$600 price point is where you get something truly worth using. Something like from Audient.

    Same for a re amp box. A $100 passive unit from radial is about as cheap as it gets.

    Something cheap that's passing signal is gonna degrade it significantly.

    If you get away w a budget controller or keyboard midi controller that's cool because it doesn't affect the sonic integrity. Fwiw I have a presonus fader port on tap when I do my next gear order.

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