RME Fireface 400 vs External Mic Pre and interface..

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Member Since: Feb 26, 2007

Hi guys, would very much appreciate your wisdom...

I am setting up a home studio, will be recording vocals and acoustic guitar, as well as a bit of DI'd electric and bass guitar. I already have an SE Z5600a mic, and an Imac with Logic 7.2 and some KRK RP6 monitors.

Basically i want to record my Vocal/acoustic guitar as well as possible, i only need 1 input at a time, so do not need lots of ins and outs, and I have researched the following:

Buy either a RME fireface and rely on it's preamps, or..
buy an FMR Really Nice Preamp (or similar priced stand alone MicPre such as something from Focusrite Platinum series etc) and then go into a standard budget Firewire interface such as the Edirol FA66.

Which do you think would give me the best recorded sound????

Thanks very much in advance!


Ps- I have about 500 (UK) to spend...

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bace135 in the house tonight!
Since: Jan 28, 2003

Feb 26, 2007 02:26 pm

Well, I don't know much about these pieces you're stating, but basically, you're looking at two different parts to the puzzle, the mic pre, and the A/D converters. If you ASSume the A/D converters are similar on the two firewire devices, then you are left to make your decision strictly on the quality and performance of the mic pres.

The other thing to consider is convenience of one or two pieces of gear, vs any potential sound trade off.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Mar 02, 2007 06:09 pm

Are you absolutely set on Firewire? There are a couple really good USB interface's out there such as the Line 6 UX-1 or UX-2 Toneport that will do just fine for what you want.

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