Couple general questions about signal flow here. Bear with me.
I've been recording on PC using Sonar 8, and I'm pretty much fed up with it.
I'm planning on buying an iMAC 2.8 GHz Quad Core i7 8G RAM with Logic Studio and was reading that Apogee works best with this program. I can't afford the Ensemble, so I'm gonna go with Duet.
I am a multi-instrumentalist, with a Roland TD-9 kit, a couple Korgs, guitars, bass, and some Mics. I wanted to have all my instruments set up, so that I don't have to keep swapping out chords into the Duet everytime I want to record something new.
I was going to have the Korg synths hooked up MIDI through the Duet, But I was planning to run all my other instruments / mics, into my mixer, then run the Main Outs into the Duet. Is this the correct way to do it?
I ask cause I've read it's best to run your mics, instruments directly into the Duet. And I know that I should mute all the other instruments when recording a track.
So, will it make a significant difference from running direct into the Duet vs through a mixer? What is the purpose of having a mixer if you can't use it?...also, what about all the pre amps, equalizers, etc that people have in their studios? Don't they run through them before they run into the interface? The interface is the last piece of the puzzle, right? Sounds silly but I'm confused. I have an Art Mic Pre-Amp. Do I still use this when recording with my Mic or does the Duet have pre-amps built in that are better?
I'm a musician, not an engineer
just trying to get the best recordings with the least hassle of setting things up constantly.