apologies for my total newbie query...
At the moment I am attempting to put together a list of what gear to get for my home project studio. I've currently got an RME Babyface, and after a fair bit of research have decided that maybe a Great River ME-1 NV would be the step in the right direction for nailing some lovely DI bass, as well as being well suited to vocals.
I am however a wee bit stumped as to how to use the two units together. My understanding when I picked up the Babyface was that you expanded to exterior pre amps through the Digital I/O: optical S/PDIF or ADAT..however on a quick look at the GR I can see that it only a 1/4" TRS output (-10dbV) and a balanced XLR output...no digital out.
So am I right in thinking I would not be using the digital i/o at all to expand on my babyface with the Babyface, but would be best simply going from one of those outputs on the great river into an XLR input on the babyface? From what I've read by simply setting the gain on the babyface at 0 it effectively bypasses the pre in the babyface...but if you are not going through the digital i/o of the babyface, does this not compromise the quality of signal? Or does it all still go through the decent audio conversion of the Babyface? I have to admit, I'm fairly stumped!
Has anyone on here had an experience between using the two together? I do also have a linked question really..I understand the babyface may have a maximum input signal of +12dBu..however the Great River is capable of up to 60dB...does this mean it would be really difficult to get the most out of the Great River with a Babyface?
I suspect my lack of understanding of gain staging is the culprit here