Equipment Purchase

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by thenewrobot, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. thenewrobot

    thenewrobot Guest

    I reread my last post and realized that I am an idiot. So I deleted it.

    I'm looking at buying an interface and preamp. I can go up to $1000. I only really need four channels. However, I need equipment capable of giving me reasonably high quality sound. I'm running a PC based setup with Nuendo as my primary editing software. A lot of people on this board use external mixers, but in every studio project i've ever done the mixing was done using the computer and a control surface. What's up with that?

    Is the M-Audio Delta1010 decent? What about the Mackie Onyx 400F? It comes with 4 Onyx preamps onboard... but for $600 it can't be all that it claims... can it?

    I already have a great condenser mic and an SM57

    Equipment recomendations and anti-recomendations would be incredibly helpful.
  2. thenewrobot

    thenewrobot Guest

    To add, I know most people say PCI is the best way to transfer data, but the Mackie Onyx 4-channel with on-board preamps looks so damn cool!
  3. amonyak

    amonyak Guest

    i've work long time with Delta 10/10 and yes it's have 8 ins/8 outs,hi quality converters and 2 in/out digital audio S/ i'll choose M-Audio Delta 10/10. :)
  4. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    FYI, I replaced a PCI-based MOTU rig with an Audiofire12 firewire interface - 12 in and 12 out and have used it plenty at 96K with ZERO issues. I would question anyone who claims PCI is the best option.
  5. thenewrobot

    thenewrobot Guest

    Thank you guys so much! That doesn't really narrow my options, but it helps to get some input from people who have experience with this sort of thing!
  6. Kent L T

    Kent L T Active Member

    Oct 28, 2003
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    You have a budget and know what you need. You either need a sound card and pre amps to go with it or a combination unit like the onyx. Either way will work. You can get the same results from either set up. Pick the one you are more comfortable working with that works the way you want it to. Under 1k there won't be a huge difference in the sound.

    I would head to the nearest shop and have them show you how to work with each setup and see which you like better.
  7. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    the onyx preamps are great for budget pricing!

    i've got one of the onyx 1640 mixers and the firewire card. for the price they are excellent and NOTICABLY cleaner than a lot of similar-priced alternatives.

    find a retailer that will give you a return policy and try it out. if you dont like it, try something else.
  8. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    I would say that the Onyx pres are great regardless of price.

    I use them along side my MUCH more expensive pres (Grace 201/801 and Millennia HV3D-8) and never think twice about it. The conversion is damn nice too!

    I don't see how anything in the Mackie Onyx line is a wrong move - go for it!

  9. Discrete

    Discrete Active Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    I've had a Mackie 400F for a couple of weeks now and I'm very happy with it. It has the right amount of ins and outs for me, 2 headphone jacks (no need for a headphone amp for me) and has stable drivers and control panel once you update the firmware.

    The mic pres sound really good. I honestly don't have much to compare to, as before I was using a Behringer Eurorack and an Audiophile 24/96 that never got it's ASIO issues sorted out, picked up noise from the inside of my pc, and never once worked at 96k or 24bit depth. Enough about that thing.

    I can't say anything bad about the Onyx 400F. And you can take it with you with or withOUT a pc!
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