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profire 2626 vs ssl alphalink MX Audio Interfaces
Old 18th May 2015
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profire 2626 vs ssl alphalink MX

Hello Everyone, I'm in the market for a new interface with better converters. Right now I own the profire 2626. How much of an improvement would I get by getting the alpha link mx with a madi card? I will be tracking vocals and want to improve the sound quality. Thank you
Old 18th May 2015
hi I've never used a profire 2626, but do use an alphalink AX in ADAT mode.

from what I have heard of the profire 2626 in comparisons its probably just ok, the SSL should be in another league altogether. I imagine you would notice a huge improvement. (depends how you define huge but would expect certainly noticeable improvement)
Old 18th May 2015
I have Profire 2626, and I would say converter is 'decent'.

Are you using 2626's preamp for vocal microphones? If that is the case, buying a dedicated mic preamp and better microphone will improve sound quality, much more dramatic than upgrading converter to SSL-a link.
Old 19th May 2015
i just find there is a noticeable difference, that doesn't need tons of a/b'ing to confirm, between an rme fireface say, which i found to be doing well in the ok converters division (where i would place the profire2626), and the more high end converter sound, which i think the alphalink definitely has.

i also have a prismsound Orpheus + find this quite comparable to the alphalink. i have also had lucid , apogee , mytek converters + found them to have similar highend quality.

i had an maudio once, ok was a firewire 410 a long time ago, + that was ok , maybe profire 2626 in the middle somewhere.

if you can get an alphalink for a good price used i would try it out.

you would of course need a standalone preamp to feed the alphalink , it has no built in pres, this would probably just make it sound even better than the profire using its own preamps as long as you get a half decent pre.
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