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preamp upgrade from Firebox (under 400$)
Old 13th January 2007
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preamp upgrade from Firebox (under 400$)

Hi people

Do you think I will notice a big difference from the preamps of my firebox if I buy a dedicated preamp about 300-400$ ?

Old 15th January 2007
Jai guru deva om
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In that price range a Joemeek SixQ is a decent investment. It provides a good step up pre but also the "iron" switch which puts an input transformer in the path for a different / vibe sound. It has quite decent compression and EQ on board as well, and even has a SPDIF output to bypass your Firepod's converters (which aren't really bad but gives you a choice there anyhow).

On the cheap cheap the Rane MS1B would be a step up, and the M-Audio DMP3 for 2 channels.

My $0.02

Old 15th January 2007
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I was going to buy an echo AF12 and a mid level preamp and buy later a good preamp, but finally I decided over an RME fireface 400.

The echos converters seem pretty good but no headphones, master level, etc... plus I really don't need all the IOs from the echo.

I think the RME will be a big step up from my firebox, and I can always upgrade the conversion and the preamps later because of the many IOs it has.

Thank you anyway thumbsup

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