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Mytek alternative Digital Converters
Old 14th September 2011
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Mytek alternative

hi !

i love my MYTEK ADC STEREO96, but sometimes i feel i don't need a mastering grade converter to simply track vocals and guitar.
also, it's really not forgiving when it comes to clipping, and takes a whiiiile to boot.

are there any alternatives ? i think the UA 2192 is what i need but it's discontinued, and still quite expensive (i got my Mytek for "cheap"). and i already have a Lavry DA10 for DA conversion.

Old 14th September 2011
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While I don't have a specific suggestion... using a "mastering grade" converter is indeed a good thing. If it takes a while to boot... give it some time. Make a habit of turning it on before picking up your instruments, microphones, etc... as for the clipping thing... a dear friend of mine once said "yellow... its the new red" [meaning that with 24 bit resolution you should try to keep your levels in the green and only slide into yellow on the rare occasion]... adopting the "yellow is the new red" philosophy will help you avoid clipping problems without a struggle.

If I'm not mistaken, the discontinued "UA" box is now flying the "Burl" logo... which is an excellent converter set and well worth checking out on your part.

As long as it doesn't break... the Mytek is probably not a bad thing and something it might make sense to hang onto for a while.

As always... YMMV.

Old 14th September 2011
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What he ^ said!

Yellow is indeed the new red...and on the Mytek, with the yellow indicating -3dBFS, you're definitely cutting the margin close.
I tend to attempt to keep the bottom 2 green meter lights on at all times on mine when the input is active, the topmost being -20 dBFS, and only hit yellow on occasion. If you're up there frequently and often, pull the input attenuator back a bit or trim down your pres.
Once I figured all this out, I could focus on mic selection and placement...and my recordings and mixes have gotten better.
Old 14th September 2011
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ditto... the Mytek is great. tracking through it is the whole point...
Old 15th September 2011
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ok guys !

i've heard about the Burl but i think it was too expensive for me.

i'll keep the Mytek.
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