Signal path; is less more?
Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum and am an avid fan of low end recording.
I'm using 2 Cport interfaces for 16 analogue inputs to my pc. These are routed from both an old fender sunn mixer and small alto mixer. I like the sunn because it has patch outputs on all channels so I can use the eqs without extra lag to my pc.
My pc is a core 2 duo with 2 g ram, 2 harddrives, and cubase 5 working on windows xp. All is operating fine at 24/96 over 16 channels.
I was recently recording my drums and have found I'm lacking clarity over many channels. I've been considering buying a multichannel preamp (pr8e) to inject some life into my mics and increase flexibility with phantom powers, gains, phasing etc.
I had initially considered routing the preamp into the sunn but then questioned if I shouldn't just run it straight into the interface and eq with cubase. I had tried this with my old software cubase vst32, but it quickly became overloaded.
To wrap up, when using low end equipment is it better to bypass as many elements as possible, should my pc be able handle eqing across 16 input channels, and should that improve my sound to a goal of hardrock sound ie; clean and punchy?