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BlondeStrat
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Can't complain but sometimes I still do
May 19th, 2019 03:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Looking for any last minute input before I pull the trigger on a purchase.

I've been looking at these for quite a while in their versions of size and pretty much settled on the idea of having more access and not needing it is better than wanting more access and not having it.

I imagine some of you use or know about the Focusrite products and have an opinion.

Are there other options anyone would recommend I consider before I spend the $$$.

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8

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May 19th, 2019 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have an 18i20 and it works very well. I would bet the pre amps and converters are the same just fewer channels. As with anything you get what you pay for. There are definitely more expensive interfaces with better specs but, I have used my interface a lot and it sounds and works great.

I have a high opinion about Focusrite products. I also have a ISA-428 analog mic pre amp with the built in digital converters and it's a monster.

I have used their plugins with my DAW for years. Great stuff all round.

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May 19th, 2019 05:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Scarlett stuff is down right decent prosumer level stuff that can make great recordings. Some of the Audient and RME stuff might sound a little better for a little more money but for an all in one box in its price range it is very good. One alternative would be the Roland studio capture.

I think you'll be happy though either way.

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May 23rd, 2019 08:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got it home, hooked it up and powered everything on.

The system found the new equipment on it's own … I did nothing, it just worked :)

I had been getting quite a bit of noise through my HS8 speakers while coming straight from the computer jack. I was told that the 18i8 interface would clear all that out.

Boy Howdy! … It sure did and I have better control via the level control on the interface.


I'm going to go fetch *Shadows and Dreams* see what it does through the new set-up. :)



Achase4u
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May 23rd, 2019 08:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great! Have fun!

littleuch
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May 23rd, 2019 08:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

:-)


BlondeStrat
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Jun 11th, 2019 06:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'll be downloading the program(s) to my computer this weekend (that's tomorrow and the next day for me) to see if I can get this interface operational for recording.

Any advice or issues I should be aware of before I start?

I'm a serious rookie at this sort of thing and want to avoid any common pitfalls as I get started.

Achase4u
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Jun 12th, 2019 12:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Any advice or issues I should be aware of before I start?

I'm a serious rookie at this sort of thing and want to avoid any common pitfalls as I get started."

Well, technically that list could be very long. For starters, it isn't the tape era anymore, so certain philosophies are no longer valid(most are).

#1 is this - 0.0 DBFS scale(digital scale in your DAW) does not equal a VU meter in the slightest. So do not try to hit up near 0. It's ok if it does, but don't aim for it. Try to keep percussive peaks to -6 DBFS.

It's not longer a game of "add enough gain to get above the tape hiss noise floor". So really, you can set digital levels more conservatively. It's also far less forgiving than the gradual onset of analog console/tape distortion. When you peak over 0 DBFS, it goes from fine to nasty in an instant.

Modern 24bit recording has an insanely low noise floor, so don't record too hot.

Go for 24bits on your recordings. Sample rate is debatable. On certain instruments I hear more pleasant high end at higher rates. You'll have to experiment. Nothing wrong with 44.1khz though. That will do just fine. Higher rates take more CPU power and disk space.

Don't plug a phantom-hot cable into a ribbon mic.

And as always, if it sounds good, it is good.

If you ain't having fun, you 'a doin' it wrong.

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