Re: [LAU] Neophyte questions re: selecting an audio interface

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Date: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 1:08 am

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On Fri, 6 Jan 2012 16:44:21 +0000
Fons Adriaensen wrote:

How do you find out? This doesn't seem like something they'd go out of
their way to tell you in the product documentation!

>> d) Since guitars aren't at line level, do they need

Sorry, does that mean that the levels of the guitar signal upon output
from the DI box are comparable to that of a mic, and thus a mic preamp
associated with a microphone input will do the job? I had it in my
head that you used either (an active DI) or (a passive DI + specialized
guitar preamp) to bring the guitar up to line level, and then plugged
into a line input. If I'm understanding you correctly, another option
is to use a passive DI and plug into a microphone input (assuming the
interface has one). Is that correct?

> Some other things to consider:

Are there particular ways you recommend to find out about that, other
than trolling the list archives for positive/negative comments? I've
had mixed results with trusting customer reviews on vendor sites,
because even if honest, those reviews tend to be posted very soon after
purchase, when what I want is to see how people feel after more
extended use.

> If you are a musician, consider the combination of a simple

Can you elaborate on this a bit more? The mixers I'm familiar with
have a limited number of outputs (since the point of the mixer is to
mix down the signals it's receiving); so if I intended to record
multiple channels simultaneously, I'd lose some post-recording
flexibility (like the ability to manipulate tracks independently in a
DAW) by mixing down before passing the signal to the audio interface.
Or maybe you're not suggesting using the mixer *as a mixer*, but rather
as a mic preamp or guitar preamp for just one of my analog signals
before passing that one signal to the interface? Or do I still not
follow you?

> Ciao,

Thanks very much!

- -c

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Re: [LAU] Neophyte questions re: selecting an audio interface, Chris Metzler, (Sun Jan 8, 1:08 am)
Re: [LAU] Neophyte questions re: selecting an audio interface, Ricardus Vincente, (Sun Jan 8, 1:01 am)