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faremis 14th October 2019 12:43 AM

Upgrading mobile rig from 2 mics to at least 6 (currently using RME Babyface)
 
Hi everyone! I’d like to expand my mobile rig from 2 to 6 mics. At the moment I use Laptop + RME Babyface (1st gen) that only has 2 mic inputs and I’d like to be able to connect at least 6. Would it be effective to get rid of Babyface and replace it with an interface with more mic inputs or keep the Babyface and connect a standalone mic preamp with more inputs to Babyface to expand the current setup? Can you even do that with Babyface? I’m a novice - so apologies for such basic question! What would be most cost effective/ best quality solution?

The scenario will be recording string quartet with stereo pair (beyerdynamic mc930) plus 4 spot mics for each of the instruments.

Thanks in advance.

king2070lplaya 14th October 2019 01:50 AM

Babyface has an ADAT in, right? So any 8ch mic pre/converter with ADAT out will work to expand your channel count nicely.

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Originally Posted by faremis (Post 14263929)
Hi everyone! I’d like to expand my mobile rig from 2 to 6 mics. At the moment I use Laptop + RME Babyface (1st gen) that only has 2 mic inputs and I’d like to be able to connect at least 6. Would it be effective to get rid of Babyface and replace it with an interface with more mic inputs or keep the Babyface and connect a standalone mic preamp with more inputs to Babyface to expand the current setup? Can you even do that with Babyface? I’m a novice - so apologies for such basic question! What would be most cost effective/ best quality solution?

The scenario will be recording string quartet with stereo pair (beyerdynamic mc930) plus 4 spot mics for each of the instruments.

Thanks in advance.


pentagon 15th October 2019 06:51 AM

FYI: If you use an RME Octamic XTC mic pre for the ADAT, you can control it directly from the Babyface Totalmix. There's an Options>Settings>Aux Devices in the Babyface Totalmix (I imagine it exists like the Babyface Pro has it)

Klimermonk 16th October 2019 04:43 PM

I really like my Audient ASP880 for spots. ADAT out with great converters. Just now upgrading my rig to an integrated 4u system, so I would consider selling it if you're interested!