Originally Posted by jparis
I am nearly in the exactly position as you are. Well I havent bought the Babyface yet but I was wondering about the Babyface + rode nt5 and 8 Preamps setup like focuswrite to record acoutic piano, vocals and even strings. Wandering what did you go for?
Still undecided... I'm working on acoustic treatment of my listening room these days so i haven't been thinking about this topic for a while.
I live in turkey, and i'm checking out the second hand market here for a bargain. Babyface+octopre costs the same as a fireface 800. Both are like 1000 euros. If i add the portability option to the setup, another 500 euros would be spent for a laptop, or alternatively a fireface ufx can be bought for aprox. 1400 which can multitrack to external hard drive.
Also a general advice,now that you know your needs and you go more seriously into making music don't buy cheap or mediocre with no future value staff.For example take 2 great preamps than a Focusrite Octa. Or don't through your money on an average condeser. With the same money grab a studio standard dynamic. Think for gear that will last and that will have a place in your setup no matter what, don't rush yourself with todays hype.
Following this advice, it seems i will go for a fireface. Good conversion, less preamps. I will invest in quality preamps in the future. I am not planning to record a lot of mics simultaneously right now.
For the record, if you are planning to capture audio in 96k, think of octopre as a 4 track adat expansion to your setup (not 8). And you cannot add the second expansion unit to babyface if you need in the future...
If i had the urgent need of multitracking microphones, i'd go for a focusrite liquid sapphire 56. It seems like the best package in terms of immediate availability (price), feature and quality balance. Babyface+octopre is more high-end with less tracks (and features), fireface is the best quality conversion with less preamps so it demands further investment but offers
results. (also note that you will need a firewire interface on your pc.)
Nt5+Babyface is a very decent and lightweight stereo recording (and critical listening) solution. I am very happy with the sound i get.
A friend of mine suggested Oktava microphones instead of Nt5 (similar price range i guess) so i am planning to try those also.
Anyway i hope i could have helped with my thoughts and findings. I didn't give much valuable information but just thinking outloud can help sometimes.
I am sure you know that performance is the key component.