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    RME fireface converters vs. Mytek converters

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    How much of a difference is there? Right now I am using a Presonus Firepod but it doesn't offer enough as far as upgrading pres and converters so I wanted to get the fireface. Is it pretty necessary that I get some better converters right away? Would it make a HUGE difference, or should I spend that money towards better mics? I was thinking of getting some better overheads(i'm using studio projects c4's right now). Maybe some Josephson c42's or peluso cem6's.

    What do you guys think?
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    I faced similiar problem when i was buying my interface!

    As i read RME has really good converters. Not as good as (Apogee, so i was told) but still very good.
    And the converters are not the only thing. The pre-amps too.
    Anyway i was offeref to take presonus, but did not!

    I chose FF800. And am very happy with it so far! (knock on wood).

    But still, we have face a similiar decision.
    I am still buying a pre-amp that i will use solely for vocals, +the 4 i have on ff800.
    And the mic!

    The way i see it, you have 2 options. Buy a good mic (maybe 2), and use the presonus!
    Or buy high-end pre-amps with converters!
    I dont hink the difference between the RME and Presonus converters are so big. Buy a good mike

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    I need the fireface because i want to upgrade it in the future. I have nice other stuff except for SDC's and the c4's are useable for now, but not ideal. I want to know more about converters on the fireface vs. the $1000 2 channel mytek ADC.
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    Is it possible to use the Presonus as a dedicated firewire connection and bypass the converters/preamps? Could you route an external preamp through an external AD converter into the digital inputs of the Presonus?

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    I don't think so unless the converter has an sd/pif output. you can use external pres on channels 1 and 2 using the line inputs. Is there ANYONE here who has tried both the RME and the Mytek???? There has to be......
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRIEFCASEMANX
    I don't think so unless the converter has an sd/pif output. you can use external pres on channels 1 and 2 using the line inputs. Is there ANYONE here who has tried both the RME and the Mytek???? There has to be......
    I use a RME Digiface with a RME ADI-8DS converter for a portable recording rig (very similar to the RME Fireface except max 96K not 192K sampling). I added a Mytek 2 channel 96 AD and clock the Digiface and ADI-8DS from the Mytek. The difference adding the Mytek was very noticeable and the ADI-8DS sounds better clocked from the Mytek.

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    How much better if you can possibly(I know that might be impossible to put into words, i'm sorry).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRIEFCASEMANX
    How much better if you can possibly(I know that might be impossible to put into words, i'm sorry).
    RME makes excellent bang-for-the buck equipment. Their higher end converters (ADI-8DS, ADI-2, Fireface) sound very good for the price. The accuracy (jitter) of the digital clock pacing the AD and DA converter chips will affect the sound of the conversion. I have found that using the best clock signal in my equipment chain improves the sound of each component. The Mytek 96 AD 2 channel converter has a very stable, low-jitter clock (10 picosecond) and to my ears smooths the high frequencies of the RME ADI-8DS when I clock from the Mytek. At home I use an Apogee Big Ben for studio clock and notice the same difference. As a general rule, equipment quality is proportional to price. RME tends to be more expensive than Presonus, Echo, M-Audio (I've tried them all) and in my opinion has better products. The RME drivers are rock solid and the TotalMix virtual software mixer is great. Remember, the most important variable determining the quality of your final product is the performance recorded, not the recording equipment. Have fun and good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRIEFCASEMANX
    I don't think so unless the converter has an sd/pif output.
    Take a look at the Mytek site:

    http://www.mytekdigital.com/stereo96.htm

    The low end Mytek Stereo 96 ADC has SPDIF output, so it looks like you could route it directly to the Presonus SPDIF IN. Of course, you may need more AD channels than two and you may be looking at higher end Myteks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRIEFCASEMANX
    Is there ANYONE here who has tried both the RME and the Mytek???? There has to be......
    Have you seen the 3d audio web site or the AD/DA comparison CD? They may cover those converters or they may be discussed in one of the forum sections.

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