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Preamp/channel strip for FF400 Audio Interfaces
Old 25th December 2010
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Preamp/channel strip for FF400

I have a Fireface 400 and while the included preamps dont exactly suck, I was thinking to start expanding my arsenal. In the beginning I considered something like an SPL track one MKII but then again I don't know If I should save some money and go for something that would make a big difference like a Tubetech MP1A/MEC1A or something from API.

Do you think that the SPL will be a considerable upgrade over what I have now, or would you choose the 2nd route?
Old 25th December 2010
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you need to decide where on the landscape of cost/quality you want to play and make your whole setup sit within that quality range, or your money will be wasted.

And a warning about preamps, they are like potato chips, you can't have just one.

My own choice was to sit in the mid-line with preamps. I bought 2 channel modules, a John Hardy for a clean pre, Midas for a nice sweet pre with EQ, and a Great River. And I have one very colorful oddball pair. So that gives me 8 channels of a wide spectrum of sounds. You could spend more and get better pres, but these were my choices.

The wonderful/terrible thing about preamps is that there are so many of them. Forssell, ADesigns, Cranesong, Lipinski, Fearn, Pendulum, I could go on and on with models that i would love to have.
Old 25th December 2010
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Thanks for the advice
Old 26th December 2010
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you need to decide where on the landscape of cost/quality you want to play and make your whole setup sit within that quality range, or your money will be wasted.
........and you need to decide just where to put that money.

When I was at this particular crossroad I knew that my vocal tracks were my 'money' tracks so when I got the chance I spent $1K on a good channel strip with EQ and Compression.
Old 26th December 2010
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If you're gonna spend a grand, get a Channel One. I've used it on several tracks and sounds great.
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