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X32 BLA Mod vs DL32 for Waves Live Rig
Old 8th November 2019
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X32 BLA Mod vs DL32 for Waves Live Rig

Hello All,

I'm working on putting together my Waves Live rig, centered around an x32 as the interface. I've purchased a DL32 to upgrade the sound of the preamps, but then I noticed there's a Black Lion Audio mod available, which, if using preamps on a stagebox, wouldn't make a difference since it only upgrades components mostly involved with the physical inputs, and A/D & D/A converters on the console itself.

Does anybody have experience listening to a stock x32 with the DL32 stagebox vs. an x32 with the Black Lion Audio mod?

Old 9th November 2019
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I own a couple X32 models and a DL151 stage box. The improvements are not appreciable through the caliber of PA equipment that is typically driven with X32/M32 consoles. Getting better tone is more a matter of coloration, either with hardware or plug-ins. The Pultek EQ1 emulator in the X32/M32 series does actually do more good than harm in that department, just not the LF section. Try it on your main bus. You'll have to use two matrix channels in order to also keep a graphic EQ on the main mix.
Old 9th November 2019
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I've heard decent things about the emulation on the desk, but hopefully I won't even need them with the waves integration.

Have you heard the BLA modded x32?

Old 16th November 2019
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I have not, nor do I have any expectation that they would be appreciably better than the Midas Pro series preamps, at least not in a live setting. I got the DL151 to be certain they're Pro series preamps, not in any way watered down, as I suspected the preamps in M32's and DL16's etc were. Turns out it doesn't really matter. Even the XR series preamps are fine. None of them are especially flavorful, that's just not their job. That's really the only way they'll sound distinctly better.
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