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Re: bare bones interface with emphasis on converters?

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:32 pm

Yes but the differences most likely come from the preamps not the convertors (and even the preamps in modern kit make very little difference if used appropriately).

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Re: bare bones interface with emphasis on converters?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:38 pm

They don't make much difference... It's a case of diminishing returns and you have to spend increasingly large amounts to get decreasingly small improvements -- and improvements that you can only perceive with the very best of monitoring conditions and equipment.

If you're looking to improve the quality of your recordings, the priority list is the recording room acoustic, the position of the mic, the type of mic, and the mic preamp, in that order... And that's assuming the source is a quality instrument being played skilfully. The converter quality plays a very small role in the overall sound.

So it largely depends on what your budget is, and what the rest of your system comprises (including the room acoustics), as well as what you're trying to achieve.

I say that because while most interfaces and converters are designed to be as accurate and neutral as possible, some are designed to intentionally add some colour or character. the latter is fine for an A-D stage because everyone gets to hear whatever they add, but a colourful D-A is not clever as only the users gets that flavour and everyone else hears something else... Which might not be such a clever idea!

And as mentioned above, the very best converters are often standalone designs, rather than integrated into computer interfaces.
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Re: bare bones interface with emphasis on converters?

Postby James Perrett » Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:17 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:And as mentioned above, the very best converters are often standalone designs, rather than integrated into computer interfaces.

My personal preference is to separate the audio interface from the convertor. That way you can use the interface with the best driver support while going for the convertor that sounds the way you want it to.
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Re: bare bones interface with emphasis on converters?

Postby Chevytraveller » Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:52 pm

The new SSL offering looks very tempting.. especially at the price

https://www.solidstatelogic.com/interfaces

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