Sell focusrite 428 for API 3124 for drum recording?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by AB2, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. AB2

    AB2 Guest

    Is it worth the switch from focusrite 428 to API 3124+ ?
    Any users of both that can answer?
  2. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    I think you meant the 3124+. Anyway its a GREAT drum pre. I haven't used the Focusrite so I can't compare it.

  3. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    For the drum shells (kick, snare,toms) the API will kill the 428.
    I don't like the API's on overheads very much.

    The API's are fast, snappy and aggressive. They are also killer on electric guitar.

  4. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Quakertown PA
    Dynamite description Chris, I was wondering about the API's myself and that really helped. Having an idea of their uses and sound qualities sure goes a long way when your planning your pre upgrades.

  5. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I love all things API......the focusrite is a very nice piece and will produce fine results.I have never used one on drums though so YMMV.
  6. Aziel

    Aziel Guest

    i´ve been drooling for awhile with the 3124...and i have a 428, excelent device...great in OHs, but lack of charater for toms,kick and snare...i think that can be the prefect add to the 428 with the AD card...i´m looking my options, maybe a Sebatron...or something with tubes, something less pristine (althought the 428 its not totally pristine) the only thing in the APIs is that they are a little expensive...but, i guess its the result of being a drum standar preamp... 8)
  7. lorenzo gerace

    lorenzo gerace Active Member

    Jan 27, 2002
    I've red of several guys over the internet (on the Gearslutz forum also) that use both by sending the 3124+ in the 482 AD card and having the best of both worlds: a fairly clean pre in the 428 and a colored one with the API, they compliment each other, and I guess they would make for a very nice drum setup: put Kick dyn, Kick Condenser, Sanre Up and Snare Down on the API, OHs and room mics on the 428 (toms and hi hat on something else), everything straight into a DAW thru the ISA 24/96 converter and you have the foundation of a great drum sound.
    I guess the two are rather different units so switching from one for the other would give very different results if that's what you're looking for.

    BTW: I'm looking to do this combo myself :wink:

    Hope this helps

  8. J-3

    J-3 Active Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    I've been contemplating selling my EL8x Distressor and kicking in some bones for the 3124+. It seems that I would get more use out of a 3124 than my Distressor. Don't get me wrong I dig the comp but I find I don't use it as much as I thought I would. I have the UAD card 1176's, LA2A's, Fairchild's and some pretty nice Waves Platinum stuff for comps that I use more while mixing. Any thoughts?
  9. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    I'd likely pick the API over any of the Focusrite stuff including the 428 on just about every source.
  10. Aziel

    Aziel Guest

    Amen... 8)

    if i had the money...and you ask me...i would go with the APIs...thats a sempiternal thrue... 8)
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