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Which way to go?
#977076 02/01/01 06:53 PM
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I'm using a Mackie d8b with DA98/DA38 set up for 24 trks linked digitally. I have 2 ways to go to tape. Outboard pre to tape or pre to d8b to tape. Has anyone compared the converters in d8b's with DA98's? They don't sound much different to my ears, but of course I haven't done an extensive comparison. Which way would you go?


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#977077 02/01/01 07:04 PM
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The biggest advantage of going pre to tape is avoiding the analog input section of the D8B or whatever you have. I'm not saying the D8B pres aren't OK, but....

Most console line inputs go thru the same electronics as the pre inputs. If you are going to do that, then to me, you negate a lot of the reason for using an outboard pre.

So if the converters sound about the same to you, I'd go direct - if you can live without the D8B EQ and Dynamics on the way to tape.


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Avoid the line inputs and the line trim amplifiers- use the analog card in the alt i/o slot.

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I would go right to tape, the simplest path is usually the best path.
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I'll disagree on that one. The D8B uses the current generation of convertor chips that pretty far exceed the quality of the stuff on the DA-x8's. The D8B is also going to convert at 24 bit, so set the uv-22 on low on the way to the DA-'x8's and you will find a much better recording than you would have by going straight, even ending up at 16 bit.

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