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Old 9th May 2006
  #1
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🎧 15 years
API a2d

I'm very interested in this new pre.. How's the converter sound?
Does it rock?
Anyone!

Rob
Old 9th May 2006
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Maybe it's just me, but I totaly dislike the idea of a converter in a analog unit like a pre, eq or comp. Wile the analog chain might be top notche, the ADC will be outdated quick.
I would rather buy a API lunch box and a seperate ADC.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nutmeg II.
Maybe it's just me, but I totaly dislike the idea of a converter in a analog unit like a pre, eq or comp. Wile the analog chain might be top notche, the ADC will be outdated quick.
I would rather buy a API lunch box and a seperate ADC.
It's not just you. Agreed!

(So to rcn..... get an API pre like you want and consider a Lavry or Mytek for the conversion tasks.... )

j.d.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nutmeg II.
Maybe it's just me, but I totaly dislike the idea of a converter in a analog unit like a pre, eq or comp. Wile the analog chain might be top notche, the ADC will be outdated quick.
I would rather buy a API lunch box and a seperate ADC.

I never thought of that... but you're absolutely right.
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🎧 15 years
I agree. Pre's can become classics (i.e., good investment). I never see this unit becoming a classic because the converters will be a joke in 10 years.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nutmeg II.
Maybe it's just me, but I totaly dislike the idea of a converter in a analog unit like a pre, eq or comp. Wile the analog chain might be top notche, the ADC will be outdated quick.
I would rather buy a API lunch box and a seperate ADC.
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The API seems to be a great "bang for the buck" unit. Let's face it, you can't get two channels of API 512 mic pre with a lunch box for much less than $1,500, leaving you with $500 for a decent a/d converter, and that's comparing street price of the 512's to the list price of the A2D. Plus, you can use it as just a mic pre if you want to. Overall, it doesn't sound that bad to me.
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it ain't like the pre's will stop rocking after the A/D becomes outdated.

and I would have expected a "3122" 2 channel version of the 3124 to cost about as much as this A2D anyway, so the way i see it its like the converter is free.
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anyone know if you can simply use the converters on this thing without having to run your signal through the mic pre?
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yes, you can.

It's got "A to D input" jacks on the back.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by yourmomsp
anyone know if you can simply use the converters on this thing without having to run your signal through the mic pre?
Yes, it's possible. You can use the pres and the AD separately.
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Yes and it looks like there is MIC Output as well------------- so the AD/MIC pre could be used fully independant of eachother.. I am not a fan of things stuck together but if its flexable thats cool......so bang for buck
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🎧 15 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nutmeg II.
Maybe it's just me, but I totaly dislike the idea of a converter in a analog unit like a pre, eq or comp. Wile the analog chain might be top notche, the ADC will be outdated quick.
I would rather buy a API lunch box and a seperate ADC.
You're totally missing the point of this product... It's a 2 channel preamp WITH a converter, that costs as much as a typical good 2 channel unit like a Rosetta 200.

There are obviously people out there who don't need a preamp with built-in A/D. But, there are a lot of people who would love to have a 2 channel API preamp with a converter made using discrete API op amps, etc. Plus, products like this will typically be upgradeable in the future just like something like the Crane Song HEDD is.
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🎧 15 years
I want it to be Firewire bus powered.

Then we'd be talking!

Old 11th May 2006 | Show parent
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i was going to get a mini me as my a/d for mixing down to a CD recorder as well as using the pre's to do live stereo recording to a portable CD recorder. now i am reconsidering? should i reconsider? are the mini-me and API a2d interchangeable? (besides size and price of course)
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