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Re: Interface for the Focusrite ISA One

PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:08 pm
by Normonster
James Perrett wrote:
Normonster wrote:I recorded once in a nice homestudio and the equipment there did indeed bring out the very best in what I had to offer.

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OK, thank you James. Seems to be consensus on this. In that case, I could go up from the SM7B in cost and stay within budget.

Re: Interface for the Focusrite ISA One

PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:40 am
by Normonster
@Sam Spoons

Oah wow, I didn't realized you guys were actually pros. I appreciate you and everyone else's input very much.

That is a compelling article. I suppose I'll try one upgrade at a time then, and save the preamp upgrade for a later date. Also see about some DYI treatment.

Thanks again all. I'll try to chime back in here if I manage to uncover a significant difference in quality after I go through the painstaking process of microphone selection. Something tells me you've all discussed it before. :)

Cheers!

Re: Interface for the Focusrite ISA One

PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:52 am
by James Perrett
Normonster wrote:OK, thank you James. Seems to be consensus on this. In that case, I could go up from the SM7B in cost and stay within budget.

Personally I'd go sideways - get yourself a couple of Line Audio CM3's for the acoustic guitar (they sound much more expensive than they are) and then go to a dealer and try a few different large diaphragm condenser mics to find one that suits your voice. It is also well worth spending a bit on acoustic treatment because it makes a huge difference.

Once you've spent the money take a bit of time to experiment with mic positioning. Acoustic guitars are very directional and just moving the mic slightly can change the sound dramatically.

Re: Interface for the Focusrite ISA One

PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:02 am
by ef37a
"Oah wow, I didn't realized you guys were actually pros. I appreciate you and everyone else's input very much."

Not me Norm' I am just an old valve amp tech!

Dave.

Re: Interface for the Focusrite ISA One

PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:34 am
by Sam Spoons
Nor me :blush: certainly not WRT studio work (I've been involved in live sound since my teens and it generated 50%+of my income for a fair few years before I retired).

I have built my own home/project studio though and I like to think it qualifies me to give useful advice to those starting to do the same. The studio build taught me that the difference acoustic treatment makes way more than the difference between a budget and exotic preamp.

Re: Interface for the Focusrite ISA One

PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:09 pm
by Normonster
Side note here...this conversation got me thinking about a LR Baggs Venue I got a while back and could never get to sound good. I hooked it up and dialed in the gain on the LR and kept the gain on my 10FX turned (almost) all the way down and....oah wow! It sounds really great! When I tried to use it before I was "double preamping" I guess.

The only issue with this setup is that the preamp on that channel must be what gets the channel's signal into the digital USB mix. To record it I have to use an AUX send and select that input within Cubase.

What a fun process of discovery. I am definitely going to get a new interface and use the Zed for live jammin.

Re: Interface for the Focusrite ISA One

PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:43 am
by Sam Spoons
There best acoustic guitar preamp I have ever heard is the Tone Dexter https://audiosprockets.com. It takes some effort but is simply stunning when you get it right. I bought one last year and posted some recordings comparing it to a miked recording of the same 'performance'. It is so close I can no longer remember whether the mic was the left channel and the TD the right or vice versa :headbang:

FWIW it works best on passive pickups but my active guitars still sound better than I've managed with 'normal' preamps.