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Old 30th January 2009
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Mic pre X 2 = trouble?

I'm a home studio just-for-fun guy. I'm thinking of purchasing a Focusrite ISA One--my first decent quality mic pre. But would it be worth my while if...

I'm recording using Logic Studio. Mic (AT 4040) will go to Focusrite ISA One, which goes to Edirol UA-25 audio card, which then goes to the Mac and Logic. I'm using two mic pres here, right? My question is this: Would the character of the Focusrite be maintained as it goes through the Edirol's preamps?

Is my money wasted on this (for me) high-end mic pre? I currently use a Focusrite Trakmaster Pro. Will the sonic difference be worth the cash?
Old 31st January 2009
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The mic preamps will affect any signal you feed them That´s for sure.
I never worked with that soundcard, so i don´t know about the quality
of the preamps.

But you might want to check a few things before buying the Focusrite.

AFAIK the Edirol has digital I/O´s (SPDIF), that means you can connect
a preamp with a built in converter (if the signal is delivered as SPDIF).
That way you can bypass the Edirol preamps.

As far as i can remember the ISA One can be upgraded with a digital
board. I don´t know about the specific connections, though.
Probably you can buy a used preamp with converter for same money.

Or you might look into upgrading your soundcard.

Well, i hope this not too confusing for you - i just wanted to point out
that there´s more options to connect your gear. Take time to think about
the different options and you´ll find a better solution than running a
Focusrite´s signal through the Edirol preamps.

Last edited by opentune; 31st January 2009 at 10:30 AM.. Reason: typo
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