Need Help revamping frontend from a connectivity stand point

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Rubemac, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. Rubemac

    Rubemac Guest

    Guys, I have $7000 to revamp my front end. It has been a small project studio. I am looking to purchase a good mic pre, converter, and cables. My question is, what will need to be replaced in my chain in order to connect to the mic pre and converter? I record only vocals (R&B). I make the instrumentals using a MPC2000xl, 3 sound modules, and a midi controller keyboard, routed through an older Yamaha MD8 mini disk recorder (I only use the mixer), into a Delta 66 soundcard. Items I am purchasing are:

    Sebatron 2 channel pre -- $1200
    Apogee 2 channel converter --$1000
    Rode K2 -- $600
    UAD DSP card -- $1200

    Will I need a new soundcard to use the converter or can I use the Delta 66's SPIF.

    Should I keep the mixer or is there a better way to run the sound modules into the converter?

    Any additional gear suggestions for my chain are welcome. I still have $3000 available. I already have acoustic treatment, Samplitude, and decent monitors.

    Thanks for any help you guys can give.
  2. Rubemac

    Rubemac Guest

    Anyone ??
  3. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    what's your recording program? Do you need maybe virtual instruments/samplers/drums? perhaps a couple of direct boxes to bypass your mixer?
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I would get a better mic than the Rode .... like a Neumann U87 or an AKG C12 VR .... and perhaps beef up the soundcard to what Apogee recommends be used so you can take advantage of the Apogee's digital clocking ... perhaps a firewire connection?

    Get a couple of great compressors too like an LA2a, Manley EL OP and an 1176 .... I like having both an EL OP type (like the LA2a or the Manley) and a FET type like the 1176. With those two, you will have the bases covered.

    Another way is to check out the Sebatron THORAX, a complete channel strip ... pre eq and compression all in one box .... like the amek CIB or the Millennia STT-1 ORIGIN ...

    This approach is a bit more affordable but doesn't offer the flexibility that having having separate pieces offers ...
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