HELP! AD/DA, mic or preamp?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by kre8ive1, Jun 21, 2005.

  • AT5047

    The New AT5047 Premier Studio Microphone Purity Transformed

  1. kre8ive1

    kre8ive1 Guest

    Hey everyone,

    I've just come into some money to upgrade my little home setup and I'm stuck as far as what to upgrade in order to achieve the best bang for the buck. Currently, I have:

    PC (2.6Ghz P4, 2Gig memory, XP, 2 120 gig hard drives)
    BLUE Baby Bottle Mic
    Aardvark Q10
    Cubase SX3
    Sucky monitors (home theater stuff-Yamaha)

    I'm thinking about buying:

    Soundelux U99
    Great River MP-2NV
    Manley EL-OP
    Dynaudio BM6A's

    Now here's the problem: I want to buy better AD/DA's like an Apogee Rosetta 200 w/firewire option but I only have enough for a Lynx 2 card. I could buy a cheaper mic, preamp or compressor, but would it be a big compromise to get the equipment stated above and settle with the Lynx 2? Does anyone notice much of a difference between a Lynx 2 and Rosetta 200? I need some help because I don't know where in my audio chain I should compromise. THe monitors are definitely being upgraded, The room is being built so that won't be an issue. Help anyone?
  2. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2001
    After the monitors I would DEFFINATELY get a quality preamp. The Great River is an excellent choice, but there are other choices out there. Decide on the sound you want and look around.
    Then comes the mic.
    AD/DA is a distant last IMO. It will give you the least amount of improvement.

    And let's face it..... going on your list of current gear you don't even have a preamp to send through external converters :wink:
  3. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Quakertown PA
    I second that.
  4. atlasproaudio

    atlasproaudio Active Member

    Feb 17, 2001
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Home Page:
    Here is a similar thread that may help:

    (Dead Link Removed)

    I think your gear selection really depends on what kind of music you are doing, and what involvement you have in the production (record, mix and master, or just partial?). Are you recording full bands (with drums) or is it just overdubs or midi? Male vocals only, rock music, acoustic music, etc? Additional info will help.

Share This Page