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I track mostly jazz, soul and sheeny acoustic pop.
My front end is killer - Neuman m-149, BAE1073 (pair), Avalon 737, LA-2A and Purple 1176.
Protools 003 w/ Macbook Pro Laptop / firewire.
I feel I can get better pres AND better A/D Converters.
If I go to PT HD, the computer has to be upgraded and that's 6-7k. NO GO.
The Apogee Quartet has 4 pres but no ins, so my pres are useless! NO GO.
The Apogee Symphony is nice, but when I add pres (8 min!) I'm back to PT HD prices. NO GO.
The UA Apollo - from what hear the pres aren't as clean / clear as the Ensemble's for my kind of tracking - and I'm not sure it can work with Macbook / firewire.
The Ensemble seems a nice step up for little money.
Are the pres better than 003?
Is the A/D-clocking better?
With such a great front end do you think any engineer could tell if I'm in HD or not?
What do you think about the Ensemble for my kind of use?
Improvements / problems?