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Elysia 19" xpressor with mid level conversion Audio Interfaces
Old 7th September 2011
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Elysia 19" xpressor with mid level conversion

So how bad is it really for one to use an analog compressor (Elysia xpressor) with mid range convertors (motu traveler mk1)? I've heard a lot of guys say one shouldn't even try it... Why do I find it hard to believe this? Or should I take heed and not fall into this trap? Thx
Old 7th September 2011
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What "trap"?
If you have the compressor, use it.
If the traveler is your converter, use it.
Old 7th September 2011
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Bear in mind that converters aren't a tone shaping device, like an eq or a compressor. You will undoubtedly hear a difference in your signal when run through the Elysia, whereas most of the people on this board who make grandiose statements about conversion couldn't distinguish between a motu and a lynx aurora in a blind test. Get the xpressor and don't look back.

By the way, these comments are equally relevant in the context of comp vs. pre. Search the thread 'mic pre frenzy...why?' for more on the subject.

Chris

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Old 7th September 2011
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Originally Posted by inthecorner View Post
So how bad is it really for one to use an analog compressor (Elysia xpressor) with mid range convertors (motu traveler mk1)? I've heard a lot of guys say one shouldn't even try it... Why do I find it hard to believe this? Or should I take heed and not fall into this trap? Thx
I have an xpressor across my DAW's 2-bus. I'm running a M-Audio Profire 2626. The truth about converters is that they're all pretty damn good these days, even the cheap(er) ones. The weaknesses of converters really only become apparent when you have the same signal going from D/A and A/D many times, which is something I don't expect that you'll do with the xpressor.

MOTU's converters should be fine for your purposes, as M-Audio's are just fine for mine. If you own a studio or a mastering house, it pays to do things right and invest in high-quality A/D and D/A. But if you're just trying to set up a home project studio to record yourself or a few bands in, converters should be the least of your worries. The marginal utility of new converters is very small compared to that of high quality outboard (even if you'll be using that outboard with less-than-Cranesong conversion). In other words, your $ would be better spent on a compressor than new converters, IMO.
Old 7th September 2011
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So how bad is it really for one to use an analog compressor (Elysia xpressor) with mid range convertors (motu traveler mk1)? I've heard a lot of guys say one shouldn't even try it... Why do I find it hard to believe this? Or should I take heed and not fall into this trap? Thx
Those who have told you this, don't actually know anything. Get the elysia
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