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digi882 29th June 2005 08:03 PM

Cassette deck record out

Whilst i wait to find a cheap mixer for my new genelec 1031a's i am using my cassette deck record out with level controls to control the levels going into my genes form protools. to my mind it sounds very good, i am sure there are some criticisms doing this but is this any different form using a mackie mixer or small mixer. it is virtually noiseless i wonder if thsi is passive. any thoughts on this. it is way better than reducing my protools mixer levels.

Any opinions on this please.

digi882 30th June 2005 11:15 AM

er no response can any seasoned engineer please please comment and let me know whether the technicalities of this is good or bad.

AnalogUniverse 30th June 2005 05:49 PM

Monitoring is best when absurdly clean. It's the only place in your system where a little distortion has absolutely no chance of helping you out. That being said, what kind of cassette deck? I once had a deck that had a passive output. I didn't even realize it until i powered it off one day and it continued to pass audio. A small mixer would not be passive, and personally i'd fear monitoring through a mackie. Also, passive doesn't neccesarily imply perfectly transparent. Lack of noise is a good sign, but, stuff like masking of transients, distortion, and uneven frequency response are also important, and much more subtle to detect. I think it all comes down to the quality of this deck, and whether money spent on a dedicated monitor controller would give a significant enough improvment for you.

(p.s. i'm not really a "seasoned" engineer, just lightly salted freshflowe )

digi882 30th June 2005 06:21 PM

mmmm lightly salted probably the best taste i reckon.. not too high up to be stuck in the clouds and not at the bottom to be fumbling in the dark like er me..:-) cheers for the opinion i havent checked to see if it is passive in the snese that it will work when off. ill give it a try thanks very much.