ART Pro MPA II VS API 3124+ by AnnihilationRecordings on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds
For this test i did not test the mic inputs or push either preamp into distortion. All this fairly tests is how clean each instrument input is, but I thought it would still be fun to share.
For this experiment, I programmed the drums, and recorded dry guitar and bass tracks through a radial j48 direct box into an apogee rosetta 800.
I got my tones using amp and cab sims. I then recorded vocals using the api 3124+ into the rosetta.
Next, I rendered my guitar tones and drums in my daw, and sent the individual tracks with no eq, compression, or mixing of any kind out my radial x-amp one at a time and recorded each twice, once through the instrument input of the ART, and once through the instrument input of the API. I did this with the vocals too, so they went through the API twice for the "api mix".
Then I mixed it, applying EXACTLY the same mix to each set of files. I bounced my mixes, then cut them up and wove them together so I could hear the song constantly switching from the API to ART tracks.
One of these preamps I labelled "Preamp 1" in the comments on this track and the other is "Preamp 2". Which is which?
Here's the wave file if you aren't liking the soundcloud compression. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/75652364/ART_VS_API.wav