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Burl ADC techniques discussed....
Old 11th August 2016
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Burl ADC techniques discussed....

I've had the Burl for a couple years and have played around with driving the signal in many ways. I'm never dead set on one method... sometimes I'll start with the knob turned high at say -14db for a cleaner mix, and others at 18 or 20db to drive the analog stage a bit hotter. I recently tried -22db with some great results. I pushed it almost to the point of distortion on the transformers, backing off just at the point of no return. The saturation isn't really audible but it definitely sounds awesome.

Figured I'd throw up a thread to see what ways you other guys are using it. Cheers
Old 18th August 2016
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221 views and no comments? What's the deal? I know someone has a B2 bomber. come on now.
Old 18th August 2016
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I use it just for tracking and its set to -18 (the same as my interfaces) and sometimes I run my mixes through it (then its also set to - 18). So nothing special about that.
For me its a great converter and I use it all the time.
Old 18th August 2016
Originally Posted by fairchildren View Post
I'm never dead set on one method...
Well…that is sort of the intention of the box. It seems like you can do a lot with it. And it was the designers intention that you might find a "sweet" spot when using it. Much as you would a Microphone or Instrument Preamplifier.

Finding a preference is as easy as deciding how your record should sound on every single track. You know...I typically go for it when in the heat of battle and ask my clients if I can getting the track where they think it should be. No complaints usually. I always use my ears with the program material. All material is different, you simply have to listen and use your intuition and make a final judgment.

Record levels are nothing more than a Math Equation. Provided A) You know how the gear reacts with high levels B) You know what you are doing with the headroom of your system C) Understand just how far you taking signal over 0VU with your analog equipment, and what that sounds like.

Reference to Digital 0dbfs. You have two options.

Less Digital headroom-More input gain // More Digital Headroom-Less Input gain.

The reality of my world, is that different signals require this reference level to move around. Some audio doesn't sound good when pegging 0VU. Some Audio ONLY sounds good at 0VU. Some audio sounds amazing floating just above 0VU. I personally think everything sounds like crap when its overdriven and distorted. But thats just me.
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