All other features aside, how do the preamps in the OctoPre MKii and the Digimax LT compare? (The LT's are reputed to be superior to Digimax FS and D8)
Also, an attractive feature of the LT is that it has inserts which can effectively be used to bypass the pres if desired and go directly to the converters. The OctoPre claims that when using the line inputs, the signal bypasses the preamps stage but goes thru a line amp and filter before the converters. I'm not sure what a line amp is in a device like these and I was wondering if the LT would have the same thing before the converter if you were to say use a stand-alone mic pre and route it though the insert half-way in.
I had both here recently and the octopre had more headroom so I sold the digimax.
Did you have the Digimax LT, D8 or FS?
I just got the LT (which I heard has slightly better pre's than the later versions) for not too much money, which I'm planning to use on location recordings with my Alesis HD24, via ADAT. I didn't need the 96kHz option of the FS, but I do like the individual phantom power and PAD switches per channel.
but, what's that about the octopre bypassing the preamps?
I have an m-audio 1814 and the adc converters suck big time, so if I want to use a lunchbox with api512c I'd be ruining my sound... if I go into the octopre can I get only the conversion without the preamps?