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what preamp should I get? working w/ logic 9/ mac pro
Old 2nd June 2011
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what preamp should I get? working w/ logic 9/ mac pro

So I recently upgraded from a macbook to a can only imagine that I ran out of room on the macbook. I have an apogee duet (not the new one, the older version) which does not work with my new computer. (i was thinking about upgrading to a new preamp either way)
I've heard good things about the rme fireface 800/400, but I've also heard good things about apogee preamps, though I did have some problems with my duet :/ Out of alll the preamps you guys know of, which one would you recommend? (under $2,000)
I do mostly acoustic stuff, covers for youtube, all that stuff. I need a preamp that will do well on all levels including acoustic guitar, vocals, and electric

also have been looking at the API A2D preamp
Old 2nd June 2011
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API A2D is a very fine unit, especially if your expanding your channels.

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Old 2nd June 2011
The A2D that you mentioned is a good character pre. It has transformer character, a sense of attack with transients, weight in the low frequencies and a relatively relaxed high frequency presentation (pretty standard classic transformer based sounding stuff). It does push the mids a bit forward in a way that a lot of people really like, but it's not good on everything, I suppose no preamp is perfect for everything.


If you're looking for a pre that will give you the most flexibility and the capacity to do truly clean amplification when needed it's probably not a good idea to settle on a classic, transformer based design (though many people do, I simply don't agree with them). If I were in your position I would lean towards clean style preamps, because you can do character in the mix, but once you've tracked character in, you can't undo it and get truly clean in the mix (whether or not that matters to you only you would know).

An interesting design that has recently hit the market is the Dave Hill Europa 1. Dave Hill does flexible, high quality gear that can actually do clean and characterful quite well. You might look into it.
Old 2nd June 2011
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Why would you say that the Duet won't work on the MacPro?
Old 3rd June 2011
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It basically just stopped working, there's something wrong with it. It's not under warrantee either. I was looking for a new preamp anyways with more imputs and just upgrading really
Old 3rd June 2011
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the Metric Halo ULN-2 could be a good option for you... or mh 2882 if you want more channels.
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