quality issues

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by trock, Nov 6, 2004.

  1. trock

    trock Active Member

    Aug 20, 2004
    Hi all

    i am really having some quality issues here between 2 different set ups, and the one i thought would be much better isn't.

    Real simple. I have been runing a taylor 314e direct into a 2480, touch of comp and to a track. Sounds really great, clear and crisp.


    I take that same taylor and run it inot an Avalon M5, RME 800 fireface, into MAC G5 1.8 dual, 3 gigs ram, cubase SX 3, touch of comp with a UAD 1176 studio card and onto a track. Sounds muted and dead for the most part. checked my levels and they are hot input and out put.

    what can i possibly be missing here in the MAC/Cubase set up??

    the reason i am upset is i had committed myself to my MAC and Cubase and purchased the M5 and RME 800 to further afford myself a great acoustic and vocal sound (mst of my music is acoustic based) and was in the process of selling the 2480.

    anyway anything else i can do or check??i even have the WAVES native pak and have tried its comp and EQ and reverb and in the end i get an OK sound that is still of less quality than the slightly comp'd 2480 track????

    thanks much for any help. i was told time and again, not at this forum that my MAC set up was the way to go and would be far better than the roland 2480. i am not trying to bash anything, i am just trying to get myself used to this new studio i have with the MAC and tell myself i CAN get a better sound????

  2. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    are you doing the same settings? same amount of compression and so on?
  3. trock

    trock Active Member

    Aug 20, 2004
    well in the 2480 i use a stock comp on one of the vs8f-2 cards, which i figured wouldn't be near as good as the UAD-1. but yes the settings are the same
  4. If your guitar has an onboard eq check that first if your going direct. I believe the RME has a few Hi-Z instrument inputs...plug straight into that no comp no effects just a dry signal. On playback if thats any better than what you were getting then it worked, and then start adding the pre's and comps back into the signal chain.
  5. tony desilva

    tony desilva Guest

    I'm not familiar with the 2480 but I did a google search for it and, if it is the Roland VS-2480 which has an amp, mic, and speaker modeling engine, this could account for the difference you're hearing with the new gear.
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