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Old 29th January 2013
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I'm reading about the 500 series and analog to digital converters and all this expensive stuff and I'm just getting confused now. I get what it all does but I can't figure out what I need. What are good sites for reading about this stuff? I've just been getting all my info from forums so it's very user specific info. I've googled 500 series a few times and I only find places to buy modules, no sources. recordinghacks.com for example, is a good mic review source. Where do I learn about all this other stuff?

I just need a good preamp and mic really, I'm just recording from home. I'm getting caught up in all this info I read on forums though.
Old 30th January 2013
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I just need a good preamp and mic really, I'm just recording from home. I'm getting caught up in all this info I read on forums though.
Then just get a good preamp and mic. You don't need to read up on the 500 series or anything too complicated for such a basic requirement.
Old 31st January 2013
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Then just get a good preamp and mic. You don't need to read up on the 500 series or anything too complicated for such a basic requirement.
Not even a standalone preamp. Buy a decent interface, some monitor speakers and a mic (and headphones for tracking) and you're set.

500 series, standalone converters...it's just the same thing in different shaped boxes.
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Not even a standalone preamp. Buy a decent interface, some monitor speakers and a mic (and headphones for tracking) and you're set.

500 series, standalone converters...it's just the same thing in different shaped boxes.
what would be a decent interface?
Old 1st February 2013
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Alright, maybe this will help. I'm using an MXL 990 condenser mic with the $30 art tube mp preamp.

Should I get a nice preamp or should I get my new mic first and then pick a preamp to make sure it matches it well? I don't know how critical matching impedance is, if it's not too big of a deal I'll just get a nice pre amp and take my 990 as far as I can.
Old 1st February 2013
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First the mic, then the pre. At a basic level there is no point thinking about matching (unless its a really dark or really bright mic), just different shades of grey.
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First the mic, then the pre. At a basic level there is no point thinking about matching (unless its a really dark or really bright mic), just different shades of grey.
ok cool. this is a lot easier than i thought it was.
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Not even a standalone preamp. Buy a decent interface, some monitor speakers and a mic (and headphones for tracking) and you're set.

500 series, standalone converters...it's just the same thing in different shaped boxes.
Ok, so I've done some research and I see what you're saying now. I'm looking at interfaces and trying to find out more about them. Thanks!


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