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Replacing a Tascam 1641-US with??
Old 24th February 2012
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Replacing a Tascam 1641-US with??

Hi,

so I have been upgrading my gear slowly these few months, got a DBX160X, a Hairball 1176 (still in progress) and recently a Focusrite ISA one. I am looking to upgrade my AD/DA converter/interface. I will keep the 1641 in case I need to record 8 tracks at one, but for my needs and my upcoming projects, I only need 2-4 inputs of quality conversion. I don't want to use the preamps, I just want something that will do great conversion. I am currently looking at the Apogee Duet 2, since it has 2 inputs and you can disable the preamps via the software, but I am not sure if I can resend a signal from the output to external gear without disconnecting the monitors.

What would you recommend me for conversion with 2-4 inputs, no preamps (or disable-able preamps) and in a 500-1000$ range?

And another big question.... is it even worth it to get a converter or should I just stick with the US-1641?

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Forgot to add: I am working with an iMac with i5 Quad core and Logic 9.
Old 24th February 2012
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Honestly, I would keep the Tascam and start collecting mics, or other gear that will tailor your sound to your ideas. Even better monitors may be helpful.

I have a Tascam DVRA1000 and the converters in this unit are lovely. I don't know what they use in your box but you may be able to find out with some investigation.
Old 25th February 2012
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Thanks for the reply! Anyone else would like to help?
Old 25th February 2012
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I have the 1641 and find the conversion as nice as any other sound device I have used, its definitely not a limiting factor. It has 4 line inputs, 6 if you count the front panel DI/line ins and 4 line outputs, so it isn't short for your described needs.

If you are dead set on spending money on new AD/DA perhaps see about test driving / renting / borrowing a unit for comparison?

Sorry, I think my budget consciousness these days is coming out in my forum posts! ha!
Old 25th February 2012
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I have the 1641 and find the conversion as nice as any other sound device I have used, its definitely not a limiting factor. It has 4 line inputs, 6 if you count the front panel DI/line ins and 4 line outputs, so it isn't short for your described needs.

If you are dead set on spending money on new AD/DA perhaps see about test driving / renting / borrowing a unit for comparison?

Sorry, I think my budget consciousness these days is coming out in my forum posts! ha!
Thanks for the advice, I could do that, rent a unit and do comparisons... I didn't even thought of that! I guess if there would be no huge difference between the 1641 and some other unit, I might as well keep it.
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