26th March 2013
I don't think there's going to be any big advantage using the Teac 3440 preamps by themselves just as a pass through idea.
The ZED preamps are far superior, better, quieter and cleaner for source material and the sound is recorded directly on your DAW. It's pretty hard to beat that sound quality wise. I suppose there's a Lo-Fi attraction with tape though...
IMHO you get better results running your source through the ZED preamps and then outputs of the ZED (just as mixer) into 4 tape tracks and use the deck just like you would converters and DAW. At least that way you get the analog tape saturation and some punch onto tape..if it's aligned and properly setup of course.
Just using the electronics through the Teac like a signal processor is all doable but that seems like the less worthwhile effort!
It's definitely fun to experiment with though...and fun to setup and screw around with.
Don't think it's going to make anything automatically sound better....different yes, noisier...probably...fun....yep!