Re: connecting a preamp to interface
#990843 - 01/06/12 04:08 PM
It might be obvious Chris but it is still a very fair question and one that crops up quite
Yes, the vast majority of interfaces(and mixers) merely "pad down" the
line input signal and apply it to the microphone pre amp, thus any shortcomings, noise,
distortion etc in said mic amp get sent to the converters along with your
pristeen,expensively hard won external pre amp signal!
Does this mattter?
Probably not if the AI pre is pretty good anyway and/or the external pre is not absolutely
S-of-A but it does make little sense to feed a Grace 101 via the attenated mic amp of a
bog s Tascam!
One solution is a pre amp with its own converter, the Audient
Mico is one of the very few to have this facility as standard and of course, one
additional advantage is that you gain an extra 2 input channels. How many peeps S/PDIF
inputs remain virginal?
Or you could use an AI that sports inserts. The humble
Fast track pro is one such. Finally of course buy an AI with at least 2 dedicated line
inputs. One firmly on the better than most rung of the quality ladder at the price is the