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Should I use an Apogee Mini-ME as AD to a SSL Alphalink?
Old 11th September 2012
Gear Head
🎧 10 years
Should I use an Apogee Mini-ME as AD to a SSL Alphalink?

Hi guys!

I'm a satisfied user of SSL Alphalink which I use for summing through a Amek BC3 desk. The only thing that's lacking on the Alphalink in my opinion is a good AD for mixdown. The AD is good enough for single instruments and vocals etc.

For the moment I'm not using an external master clock which of course could be a be an improvement for the Alphalink. Just to clarify I'm one of those who think an external clock is improvement of the overall sound for a AD/DA.

Now I've been offered to by a used Apogee Mini-ME for great money.
I'm not going to use the inbuilt mic preamp or limiter. Just the AD.

I wonder:
1. Is the Mini-ME AD better than the Alphalink for mixdown?
2. Will the clock on the Mini-ME be better for the Alphalink than the internal clock?

Many thanks!

//Magnus, Sweden
Old 11th September 2012
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dave gross's Avatar
🎧 10 years
Not trying to sway your decision, but mixing through the AlphaLink is very pure and uncolored. Maybe you're just looking for more bus color? There is negligible difference between listening to a mix through the console pre A/D -> D/A as there is post.
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