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Old 10-02-2003, 05:02 AM
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Default digi 001 mic pre\'s or mackie vlx pro (xdr) mic pre

I have a digi 001 on the way off ebay, was curious what people thought about the mic pre's on the digi 001 verses mackie's. I have alot things to figure out for just for simply recording vocals with outboard effects and compressors. New to the recording game basically, I used to do this with sb live and cool edit pro 2.0. Figured I would try to step it up and see the results. So im sure I'll have alot of questions in the comming weeks.

List of my equipment,
mackie 1202 vlz pro
lexicon mpx 550 effects
rode nt1000
rnc 1773 compressor
event tr5 monitor speakers
lower end headphones
Digi 001 on the way

do I keep the mixer or use the breakout box of the digi? or use a combination of both and how?
any Ideals on how to route this stuff would greatly help thanks
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Old 10-02-2003, 07:47 AM
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Default Re: digi 001 mic pre\'s or mackie vlx pro (xdr) mic

the addition of the Mackie gives you more mic inputs into the 001. As far as quality they are about equal, the real issue with the 001 being the A-D converters. If you want to make a major imporvement to the 001, get yourself a Focusrite Octapre, which is IMHO the best of the lightpipe mic pre units.

While some comrpession is nice when recording, I'd recommend not recording with effects, unless you buss them to their own separate track. Otherwise you are locked inot what you recorded, which may or may not work artistically once you are in mix mode.

You can use the Mackie board with your outboard comps by either inserting them on a channel and sending a subgroup or mix out to the 001, or by using direct outs to the comp then into the 001. You can use any of the 8 analog inputs. If you use inputs 1 or 2, engage the pad on the front panel. If you use inputs 3-8, make sure to check your input sensitivity settings in the hardware setup, and set to +4.
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Old 10-07-2003, 06:58 AM
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Default Re: digi 001 mic pre\'s or mackie vlx pro (xdr) mic

Thanks Where, I have been checking out the focusrite ever since you mentioned it. That purchase would have to come after christmas, unless I found a smokin deal that I couldnt resist.

I appreciate your input and is very valued from reading your other posts.

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