Safesound Audio P1 vs Tracking Toolbox (first impressions)
OK, someone in another thread asked me about the new SafeSoundAudio Tracking Toolbox vs the old P1.
Today I had the chance to play around a little with the two boxes. Here my comments:
First of all the new tracking toolbox feels more heavy than the P1. The new knobs are smooth. Because of the formfactor it is better not to have very big fingers...
Unfortunately the new unit has no power-switch like the P1.
Compressor, Expander, Monitoring Section: I didn't notice a difference. Same noisefree and powerful headphone output. I can't hear a difference in the compressor section, same smooth compression. I don't care much about the expander, seldom use for it, for me no significant difference.
On the Tracking Toolbox you can switch the limiter in/out of the signal flow. In combination with the compressor you have now much more flexibility. Big advantage.
Now the biggest improvement: the Mic Preamp. I used the P1 a lot and liked it a lot. But sometimes I missed "something" from the mic preamp. I found it not much different from the Fireface 400 preamps. Clean and versatile but sometimes a bit boring. The preamp alone I think my DAV BG1u has more of that "high end touch".....
The Mic Preamp in the Toolbox is definitely a step up. It has a rounder and smoother overall qualitiy. A full low end and crisp but smooth highs. Very nice! It has that "little something" a high quality preamp should have.
Ok, that's it for now. I'm looking forward to my next real recording session. I will do a direct comparison with my DAV BG1u.
First I was thinking about selling my P1, but it's still a nice sounding box and the compressor section alone is worth keeping it....
P.S. the Tracking Toolbox is definitely not "low end". I think I should post it in the "High End" Forum.... ;-)