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Discussion in 'Studio Techniques' started by Analog Surrender, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Analog Surrender

    Analog Surrender New Member

    Is this the right forum to discuss A/D and D/A converters ?
  3. Pete Thomas

    Pete Thomas Administrator Staff Member

    It is now I've moved it :)

    Fire away!
  4. Analog Surrender

    Analog Surrender New Member


    Now I am here !

    The wonder of bits n bytes


    The priorities are

    1. Quality

    2. Expandability

    3. Power consumption

    4. Price...as I want to expand

    As I work mainly in analogue I have good quality mic amps so I am mainly looking for line level A/D converters

    I do however also need a couple of Mic level D/A's for stereo location/outdoor work where there is not so much power to run analogue mic amps

    For the A/D line level converters

    I would rather start with two good quality channels than 16 inferior

    Expansion is the key here....to add more easily as required and as project/s expand

    For pre-production two inputs but with the possibility of expanding up to 8 or 16 line level inputs for multi-input recording

    So, I am looking at Apogee (used to be benchmark standard) or decent pro converters

    Eventually I will want to use the MBP in conjuction with an analog console for overdubbing and mixing

    Then I will need to expand to say 8 + 2 monitor D/A outs also

    These will obviously be line level

    It looks as if I will need 8-16 line level A/D inputs and a couple of dedicated mic level A/D inputs

    Eventually also 8-16 + 2 Monitor D/A outputs

    However I would like to start with the minimum in order to experiment and see how the system sounds
  5. Peter Ostry

    Peter Ostry Administrator Staff Member

    I can't talk about high-end converters because I do not know them. For the other part – the ADA8000 is ok and a flexible device. 8 channels ADAT I/O, 8 analogue out. Analogue ins are adjustable line/mic level with, well, usable preamps.
  6. shreddersinc

    shreddersinc Member

  7. Analog Surrender

    Analog Surrender New Member

    Very interesting. Thanks. The gap between expensive high end converters and consumer level products is closing maybe?

    Wish I knew the answer

    That is why we are all here

    All so subjective too

    I still prefer to listen to some CD's on my first generation half broken Sony CD Walkman that I bought on my first trip to NYC

    Other CD's sound better on a high end pro player

    It ain't what you got it's the way you use it

    Great philosophy especially when there is NEVER enough money to get what you want

    Get what you need....and get on

    Sort of an anti-hi-fi slogan

    Maybe we need a Pro Hi-fi slogan these days though

    Educate the masses in quality again ?

    My belief is that with recording we should always strive for the best

    Whatever is possible

    Capture the moment

    No regrets
  8. Analog Surrender

    Analog Surrender New Member

    Thanks Peter....checking it out
    Starting now
  9. Analog Surrender

    Analog Surrender New Member

    So far I have found.........

  10. Pete Thomas

    Pete Thomas Administrator Staff Member

    Metric Halo
  11. Analog Surrender

    Analog Surrender New Member

    Universal Audio

    The list is growing.....
  12. Analog Surrender

    Analog Surrender New Member

    I'm just reading about THUNDERBOLT

    Does that mean it makes more sense to look at FIREWIRE converters

    Rather than USB ??????
  13. shreddersinc

    shreddersinc Member

    firewire is faster and they have the apollo which you can upgrade to thunderbolt

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