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Are good inputs necessary in today's technology if an external preamp is used? Audio Interfaces
Old 1st June 2016
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Are good inputs necessary in today's technology if an external preamp is used?

I have some high quality preamps/outboard and considering today's technology, are the inputs on today's cheaper audio interface (eg. Focusrite scarlette) good enough to feed your preamps through and still obtain high quality recordings?

Which would give me the best quality, feeding a neve preamp to the mic in at +4 very low gain or line in +4 (very low gain?)on an audio interface which has mic and line inputs?

I have heard of using low gain to bypass the internal preamps of a camera when recording audio, not sure if the same principle applies in general?

I was considering the babyface pro but after thinking about it, I am not sure whether the higher price is necessary if I can obtain the same quality with an external preamp using a Focusrite Scarlette. I understand there is an issue of the AD conversion, but how much of a difference is it?

Old 1st June 2016
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The converters on newer low end interfaces are not too bad. They will not really mess things up too bad. High end converters will step the quality up a bit.

If you are using an external mic pre you want to go into the +4 line input of your interface.
Old 1st June 2016
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