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Two Channel pre-amp with SPDIF outs for under $1000 - po

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Barkingdogstudios, Nov 6, 2003.

  1. Barkingdogstudios

    Barkingdogstudios Active Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    I am using an Aardvark Q10 interface for my studio. I would like to take advantage of the two SPDIF tracks available on the Aardvark. Can anyone recommend a reasonably-priced pre-amp that either has SPDIF out built in, or at least an optional card? Thanks.
  2. Technetium

    Technetium Guest

    well, u might be able to find a JoeMeek VCTwinQcs used for about $7-800 & if i remember correctly, the daughtercard for digital output was about another $200 or so...could be a hard find though.
  3. Skeetch

    Skeetch Guest

    You could try the ART Digital MPA - dual channel with digital outs built in (one of which is S/PDIF). It's around 600 dollars at most online gear shops. I tried one awhile back and didn't like it but you may find it useful.
  4. johnnyrock

    johnnyrock Guest

    Ted Fletchers new company might make what you are looking for,they have a product mighty similar to the old Joe Meek VC Twin.
  5. teleharmonic

    teleharmonic Guest

    the m-audio DUO is a cheap 2 channel preamp with SPDIF out. It is actually intended to be a USB audio interface (so it also has headphone monitoring) but i just use the SPDIF out right now. I bought it so i could use it with a laptop down the road for remote recording with the USB connection. It has the preamp ins as well as line ins that bypass the pres.

    the preamps are nothing special but they give a nice clean signal. worth checking out for a couple hundred bucks.
  6. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Aug 15, 2003
    ART has one, but I can't remember the model name.
  7. Omega21

    Omega21 Guest

    The ART unit is the Digital MPA. Link removed

    DBX also has the 376...but I don't know how much $$ it is though. I'm sure it's under $1k.

  8. Roly

    Roly Guest

    The Apogee MiniMe is $1165 at Bayview Pro Audio.
    Pretty sure it has softlimit and you can access the pres and converters seperately
  9. The Apogee Mini-Me might be just what you need. You should ask Opus down at the Computer Forum about it. He works there. David
  10. Bobby Loux

    Bobby Loux Active Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Yeah!..if you can get the mini-me around $1100.00 save up the extra $100.00 there's really no other 2 chan. mic pre/converter even close and it does have the soft limiting feature.

    the DBX 376 is a mono tube channel strip Pre/EQ/Comp/DeEsser/dig.outs.... the 386 is the 2 channel version pre/SPDIF only...both units are not very good especially the digital options which sound no better than a digi001 which is decent at best.

    research the Apogee
  11. Richard Monroe

    Richard Monroe Active Member

    Jun 24, 2003
    Framingham, Mass.
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    DBX386- $300 at GC. The 376 mentioned above is a single channel strip. I use the 386 at times and it's an underated pre with a rather good A-D converter-Richie
  12. nullzetii

    nullzetii Guest

    PreSonus makes a Digitube mic pre w/ an s/pdif out. It's a hybrid, and I don't know how it sounds, but it's $250 at GC right now.
  13. Barkingdogstudios

    Barkingdogstudios Active Member

    Oct 29, 2003
    Just to repeat a response I placed on my other post thread .....

    Apparently, the Focusrite Trackmaster does offer an alternative. There is an "ADC External Input" on the back of the unit that allows you to access the second "spare" channel of the stereo digital output. So, I could use another preamp to plug into the "ADC External Input" on the Focusrite and use the Focusrite itself to act as a pre amp. This would allow me access to both of the Q10's SPDIF tracks! WOO-HOO! Ok, I realize the Focusrite isn't a Neve or API .... but it does what I want at a sub-astronomical price. And hopefully this puts me somewhere between the quality of the Digitube and the Apogee MiniMe. There may be other strips that offer this but they sure don't advertise it! I only found this out by downloading the Trackmaster user's guide.
  14. GSQD

    GSQD Guest

    Mini-Me - hands down.

    Best 2 channel mic pre sub 2 grand! At $1,100 it's a steal and everyone should have one.

    Sling a Mini-Dac on the other end and see how good your recordings and monitors really are!

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