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OK need some solid advice on mbox 2 preamp bypass
Old 26th January 2009
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OK need some solid advice on mbox 2 preamp bypass

Hello all. I am a amateur musician and engineer who needs advice on my current setup. I have been recording with an Mbox 2 for several years, more recently with presonus bluetube pres. I recently bought an Sm7B and realized that I need much more gain, and a better pre at that, to get the Shure up and running to the best of its ability. So I splurged and got the FMR RNP to upgrade my system but now I realize that with the Mbox2 I am still going through the crappy pres in-box. I have read tirelessy about SPIDF and how that seems to be the only way to bypass the pres on an Mbox2. So now I am waiting on the RNP thats coming in the mail and realizing that I cant afford a really nice A to D after that purchase. My questions are:

Am I better of returning my RNP and buying something like a Apogee Mini-me that has it all in one package, or would I be sacrificing some quality gain?
Or keep the RNP and and buy something like an M-Audio 2496 and
hope for good results considering all the comptablitly factors with my box and pre?
Basically I am recording an album in my room and I need the best results with the little money I have left. Any opinions on the best possible combo for my situation would be greatly appreciated.
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