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Old 17th May 2006
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DEAR GOD! What is the Fireface doing to my audio!?!

I'm running Logic, with a Fireface 800. I run out the FF into a Manley VariMu and Massive Passive. I just did an A/B test. First bounce ITB, then out the FF converters with both Mu and MP bypassed. Holy crap, my audio goes to pot!

Is this something that'd go away with a Rosetta 200 or a Big Ben? or is this just one of those things that happens when you leave the digital realm? I love the Manley stuff, but I don't wanna take 4 steps back (leaving digital land) and then 4 1/2 steps forward in quality (trying to get my punch back with the outboard). Should I sell my outboard and buy a G5 Quad?


Here is a clip, in 4 parts.

1. ITB
2. passing through the FF AD/DA, with Manley's bypassed
3. ITB again
4. FF AD/DA with some gain from MP
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