First up, I'm new to the board, so hello everyone! My name is Rick and I run a modest Pro Tools based studio in the wilds of Dorset, UK. We mainly do guitar bands - rock / punk / metal that kind of thing.
The 'new gear for a new year' bug has bitten me hard this year and I NEED to buy something. I have some relatively (I said it was MODEST studio
) nice front end already - I bring drums / guitars most things in through a TL Audio M3 Tube Trakker, a focusrite red 6 for vocals with a distressor and UA 2-1176, and a focusrite red 3 for compression. I really lust after some sexy channel strips. Something that'll be lush on guitars and bass. I'm thinking an API 7600...maybe an Amek CIB. Something dark and moody to contrast with the nice (some might say bland) TL / Focusrite stuff. I'm kinda tempted by the Toft ATC-2 because it's great value and I get a couple of extra compressors thrown in, but I read here the pre-amps are shite...maybe no more shite than the TL M3's though?
I still bring in all audio though 888 | 24's. (Boo! Hiss!)
Everyone knows that a/d convertors are the most boring bits of audio equipment you can buy
, and as such don't really satisfy true 'gear lust'. But am I being stupid even considering buying channel strips when I could get some Apogee convertors?
The sensible part of me KNOWS it should be the convertors, but I keep trying to kid myself that maybe my clients would hear more difference in the better strips? Is this bollocks coming from a crazed and clouded brain?
If you think I should buy a strip, which of that lot would be better for moody and mean
rock GTs / basses if any?
Look forward to hearing your opinions!