The No.1 Website for Pro Audio
preamp/interface comparison test
Old 18th November 2009
  #1
Gear Head
 

preamp/interface comparison test

I have a motu 896 (original version) and an apogee duet. According to what I've read, the duet's preamps are supposed to be better. So, a friend and I compared the two preamps for recording guitar and drums. For guitar we used a Sennheiser e906 and for drums (just overheads) a pair of Shure KSM 141s. I took care to keep the mics in the same position while switching preamps.

The result: I couldn't hear a difference. In a blind a/b test I couldn't differentiate between either. We monitored through both the duet and the 896 with both headphones and monitors.

So the question is: what sort of test will bring out the supposed difference in preamp/converter quality between these two interfaces?

thanks!
Old 18th November 2009
  #2
Gear Nut
 

from my experience the preamps on interfaces are designed to be as linear as possible. So the reall difference is in the noise and dynamic range.

So I would try to record something really loud and see wich one will start clipping first.

Cheerz!
Old 18th November 2009 | Show parent
  #3
Registered User
Try recording really quiet **** - finger picked acoustic guitar, etc. Listen to the reverb tails and noisefloor at high gain ...
📝 Reply

Similar Threads

Thread / Thread Starter Replies / Views Last Post
replies: 68 views: 32312
Avatar for patshep
patshep 28th December 2019
replies: 1115 views: 233843
Avatar for CheloDona
CheloDona 5 hours ago
replies: 1799 views: 433780
Avatar for schmudd
schmudd 18th December 2016
replies: 75 views: 27700
Avatar for Leevi
Leevi 31st October 2015
Post Reply

Welcome to the Gearslutz Pro Audio Community!

Registration benefits include:
  • The ability to reply to and create new discussions
  • Access to members-only giveaways & competitions
  • Interact with VIP industry experts in our guest Q&As
  • Access to members-only sub forum discussions
  • Access to members-only Chat Room
  • Get INSTANT ACCESS to the world's best private pro audio Classifieds for only USD $20/year
  • Promote your eBay auctions and Reverb.com listings for free
  • Remove this message!
You need an account to post a reply. Create a username and password below and an account will be created and your post entered.


 
 
Slide to join now Processing…
🖨️ Show Printable Version
✉️ Email this Page
🔍 Search thread
🎙️ View mentioned gear
Forum Jump
Forum Jump