Originally Posted by MattMoorman
I have an MR816x. It has the same preamps as well. I would agree that they are transparent (and in general, quite nice), but I would not characterize them as being able to saturate a signal. And for me they're not very usable in their upper reaches...which is where I can really hear the difference between them (the Steinberg pres) and the external pres that I use (GAP Pre73 and Grace 101, both of which are very usable when pushed).
Nonetheless, I would like to have this new unit for portable duties as well.
They won't compare for example to a tube based Gyraf 9 preamp of course. Not by a long stretch.
For me the shock was that the saturation distorsts nicely and doesn't completely ruin the sound. Is it a saturation that I will intentionally use? 90% of the times no.
But for some sounds it just works (only a tad in yellow, more than that I agree is unusable) and it's really convenient.
Originally Posted by parlopower
I had the UR824 and "slimmed down" to the UR28M because the UR824 was absolute feature overkill for me. I also owned and used a Duet (first model) for quite a while.
There is a definitive difference in converter quality between the UR824 and the UR28M. The converters of the UR824 are at least as good as those of the Duet, while the UR28M are not as good. Dont get me wrong, the converters on the UR28M are still good, but the UR824 and the Duet have more clarity and stereo / depth of space detail.
I assume that on this budget device for portable use, the converters are more on the level of the UR28M than of the UR824. Well, if they are as good as those on the UR28M, they will still be EXCELLENT for a 130€ interface. Like, really EXCELLENT. The Duet's converters, though, were excellent for a 400€ device. (And having 8 channels of i and o of that quality on the UR824 for 750€ is just crazy.)
Thanks for the report! I am looking to upgrade to more channels for tracking and were curious if there is a improvement from UR28M to the UR824.
I also had this choice to make at first. For me the UR28M won in the inspiration department as I was mixing more than tracking at the time.
For mixing I find the control knob and mix buttons amazing that I can't imagine myself working without them! If I could link the UR824 to these controls I would be most pleased.
I find the UR28M through the Focals really clear and with tons of depth and space detail, a bit too precise maybe but that's good so I can't wait hear the UR824 converters!
As the 140€ interface price range of this thing: is just crazy.