Delta 1010 -- Can I use dynamic mics w/o pre?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by funkbomb, May 3, 2004.

  1. funkbomb

    funkbomb Guest

    I'm considering buying a Delta 1010 to record my band, but I heard that you can't plug any mic whatsoever into the non-preamped (aka 6 of the 8 ) inputs on the delta. Is this true? I always thought dynamic mics didn't need power...

    If it is though, what kind of hardware could I get that would preamp 6 mics separately?

    And if it isn't, were they referring to only condenser mics that need phantom power?

    And can someone explain the whole line input level thing to me? Something about +10dB, line vs. mic...thanks.

  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    The preamp isn't just for phantom power... its also for amplification. The signal coming out of a dynamic mic is quite weak and will need to be amplified before it is recorded. I would suggest buying a small format mixer.
  3. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    Get your pocketbook out. Good preamps aren't cheap. The mixer idea is a good one.
  4. DanRoy

    DanRoy Guest

    you might consider the Aardvark Q10 instead of the 1010... it has 8 built in mic preamps, 4 with phantom power. I have one and I love it. it gets very good reviews, but some people have trouble with the drivers, so you might want to check to see if your system is compatible first. if you're running an intel chipset you should be fine. I'm running a less desirable chipset but it's still working fine for me.

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  5. krash

    krash Guest

    FWIW Delta 1010 does not have ANY mic pres in it. All of the inputs are either -10dB or +4dB.

    I am guessing maybe you're talking about the Delta 1010LT? If so I think it has two balanced inputs with switchable preamps. Somewhat different animal from the Delta 1010.
  6. djavu

    djavu Guest

    so which one is better then?! the LT or 1010 itself?!
  7. Kswiss

    Kswiss Guest

    the 1010 is is rackmountable, the conversion is done outside of the computer so its quieter, but it has no pres. You can look for a 8 channel mixer with direct outs on all the channels...probably run you like $500. Or you could get 4 M-Audio Audio Buddy preamps for like $50 each at GC. Or you could get a presonus or focusrite octopre for 7-800. Lots of relatively inexpensive options. I would go for the audio buddies though...they're small....three of them velcroed to another peice of rack gear kinda makes them rackmountable, and they're cheap....200 bucks for the same quality of pres you'd get in a mixer.

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