So I am debating between pre amps to finish off my demo studio. I have no outboard gear at this time and only plan to do demo work and over dubs. Currently I have a fast track pro which I am un happy with the recording quality from it.
I plan to record the following but not at the same time.
Bass and electric guitar
Maybe midi however I have a separate control for this.
Budget $500 on the high end..
So far I have been looking at a duet as I can get one for $350 with a break out box.
In the past I have looked at a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 for 8 inputs and " future proofing my studio" that and having the ability to turn this into a mobile recording setup ( with another 8 channels)
My gut says get the duet as they are better sounding pres quality over quantity. What do you guys think?
Personally the trade off of versatility with the apogee is just not worth it for my own needs. I bought the Pro 40 a couple of years ago and haven't looked back! Definitely 'future proofs' your studio with the ADAT as you say.
My understanding when buying it was that for what it does, in the price range, it has some of the best AD/DA, pre amps, functionality and quality. Even though I rarely use all 8 or even 16 currently, it was a no brainer for me. I know that the Apogee is a quality piece of kit though - different strokes..
Focusrites are nice but the mic input gains are pretty low and you need to push the gain stage quite a lot with some mics. Never had that issue with Apogees. Now, FocusRite tech support said it's quite OK but it feels weird to crank the gain to 10 to get a decent input level....