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upgrading my mic pres, another lateral move? Modular Synthesizers
Old 3rd January 2011
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upgrading my mic pres, another lateral move?

I have an Allen & Heath ML3000 mixer I'm using as a front end into my sound cards; its big, but I like it. I'm thinking of selling it and downsizing to something more portable again like the Focusrite ISA828 and use the rest of the money to get some other gear like maybe another C414, or get rid of all my presonus stuff and upgrade my AD/DA to RME. I sure do miss my fireface.

I guess my question is, is switch to the ISA828 a lateral move? Am I going to mic up my guitar cab with some nice mics and go "wow this smokes the allen & heath?"
Old 3rd January 2011
  #2
upgrading my mic pres, another lateral move?

Probably not.

I think there are 15 other things that make way more difference than the preamp.

Call me a lousy engineer, but I think that preamps, while certainly an important piece in the signal chain, are not NEAR the emotionally hyped magic bullet that everyone makes them out to be.

Yeah, there might be a few different shades of tone, but IMO if you have to do an extensive double blind A/B test in a controlled space to even hear the subtle differences...then I think time is better spent elsewhere.

That's just my unpopular opinion.

Get some good preamps to cover the number of channels you have and be done with it.

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