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Old 3rd October 2019
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Interface and preamp decisions

Hey everyone,
So I’m tracking live drums in my basement studio. Got some decent mics, 421s, D112, 57s, sub kick etc.
Currently I have a Motu 8pre USB connected to a Motu 896 Hybrid over ADAT then to the computer.

Running about 10 mic tracks. My over heads I’m running into an FMR RNP and they sound great. WAY more clear than the preamps in the MOTU units.

Soooo.. today I pulled the trigger on a MOTU 16A. In the future I’d like to get a Sytek MPX-4Aii to run Kick, Snare and Toms. Then either another RNP, and or a Black Lion Audio Auteur 2-Channel Mic Pre to kind of round things out. All plugged directly into the 16A. Maybe a Audient ASP008?

But now I’m kinda stumped as to what to do. I’ve over extended myself a bit getting the 16A and I need 8 mic preamps. So my options until I get new gear are the following:


#1 - Just connect the 896 and 8pre into the 16A over ADAT. (But I lose out on better AD conversion of the16A.)

#2 - Hook up my trusty old Allen & Heath MixWizard WZ3 16 channel board. It's the lighter blue one from the 2000s. Run my mics into that, then to the 16A and have the 16A do the AD conversion.

#3 - Say screw it, leave my wife, and put everything I want on the credit card :P

I’d be interested in hearing what people think, (although my wife is pretty awesome so maybe not option 3) Preamps and AD with the old Motu stuff? Or Preamps from the old mixer and AD with the 16A.
Old 3rd October 2019
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Originally Posted by revjamie View Post
Hey everyone,
So I’m tracking live drums in my basement studio. Got some decent mics, 421s, D112, 57s, sub kick etc.
Currently I have a Motu 8pre USB connected to a Motu 896 Hybrid over ADAT then to the computer.

Running about 10 mic tracks. My over heads I’m running into an FMR RNP and they sound great. WAY more clear than the preamps in the MOTU units.

Soooo.. today I pulled the trigger on a MOTU 16A. In the future I’d like to get a Sytek MPX-4Aii to run Kick, Snare and Toms. Then either another RNP, and or a Black Lion Audio Auteur 2-Channel Mic Pre to kind of round things out. All plugged directly into the 16A. Maybe a Audient ASP008?

But now I’m kinda stumped as to what to do. I’ve over extended myself a bit getting the 16A and I need 8 mic preamps. So my options until I get new gear are the following:


#1 - Just connect the 896 and 8pre into the 16A over ADAT. (But I lose out on better AD conversion of the16A.)

#2 - Hook up my trusty old Allen & Heath MixWizard WZ3 16 channel board. It's the lighter blue one from the 2000s. Run my mics into that, then to the 16A and have the 16A do the AD conversion.

#3 - Say screw it, leave my wife, and put everything I want on the credit card :P

I’d be interested in hearing what people think, (although my wife is pretty awesome so maybe not option 3) Preamps and AD with the old Motu stuff? Or Preamps from the old mixer and AD with the 16A.
I have just made a whole record with the entire kit (10 mics here as well) going through Audient asp880 pres. Everything about the drum sound has turned out amazing. I’ve received many compliments singling out that aspect of the record specifically. It would be the last part of my setup I would look to upgrade.
Old 3rd October 2019
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I would go with #2 . It’s the simplest solution.
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