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  1. FWIW, Event is developing a 5" version of their Opal monitor. I don't know exactly when they'll be released, but I'd seriously add those to your "must give a listen" list. The standard 7" Opal is frickin' amazing, but way too much coin for me. I agree the Opal are great, essentially they are everything anybody could ever need in a near / mid-field monitor. I am a fan of ADAM but they do have their own character to them (not that that's always bad) whereas Opal has a traditional sound (but with extreme depth and imaging, as well as a revealing but smooth top end response that doesn't rip your ears off). Their investment seems to have paid off big time with Opal. A good inexpensive monitor is the Yamaha MSP5 though, tons of bang for the buck going on there. War
  2. Just wondering If the Oktava MK-012's are any good. How do they compare to the Rode NT5's? Also does anyone have any suggestions for other affordable SDC's? The Oktava MK-012 are indeed Russian built, the days of the Chinese clones I think are long gone. The MK-012 is an excellent acoustic guitar mic, I really dig it. The Rode is very decent stuff, I'd prefer it on drum OH use. For an all rounder I would lean towards the Oktava overall. War
  3. I am a huge fan of the CAD M179 for its sound and variable patterns. For an all rounder, I would likely look no further. War
  4. Working in a one room setup for way too long. Yeah...I know somebody said somewhere that [insert famous producer / engineer here] prefers it but it's damn near impossible to really build a mix without being able to isolate things and make EQ decisions along the way. That, and my desk is WAY too close to the wall so anything beyond what's patched into the bay involves me crawling under the thing and I just hate it...sometimes it just doesn't get done. Solution? Building a new room this year, isolated control room and tracking area. Oh, and the desk looks like it will be like 4' or more from the window / wall...! Bam, both problems solved. War
  5. Originally posted by joel77 In the $100 to $150 range I'd look at the CAD M177 or better yet, the M179 multi-pattern mic. Very nice sounding and hard to beat for the money. The M177 was my favorite vocal mic 'til I could afford something better. Joel We have a winner! For a little "richer" sound I'd go with the ADK Hamburg as another possibility. War
  6. Originally posted by Rimmer "Shabby Road"? "Flabby Choad" War
  7. Originally posted by Music Calgary Warren, I agree the sound is OK and it's easy enough to channel into Cubase. But if you need to run another audio app while you are working in Cubase, such as a notation software (like Powertab, Guitar Pro, Finale, etc.) as many folks do, or a rewire device, you can't. This is a major limitation which should be noted. Cool, I didn't run it in this manner and I don't personally work that way myself (I run Nuendo 2 currently, and don't get heavy into midi based work...) so that's good to know. War
  8. I had a customer asking for my opinion on this piece today, so I spent quite a bit of time with a 400F today, and I gotta say it's a very clean unit and the drivers / interface are a snap using Cubase. I see a lot of these interfaces coming in and out of here, and the 400F certainly stands up in its price range. I like the fact that it has basically the same easy to use interface as the Echo Audiofire line. One of his concerns was crazy complicated interfaces and this isn't one of them in my book. War
  9. You might consider doing the 7 day free trial on an sE Electronics Z5600A. Great general purpose microphone, multi patterned tube...and the sleeper in their lineup. Great on many things. War
  10. Originally posted by Anderton > So, whaddya think? How do you use it? And tips or tricks? It's HUGE sounding is my main thought when using this preamp. It's not just the low end that sounds large and extended, it has a big presence to it from top to bottom. It's also very quiet, as quiet as most solid state stuff really. Another standout feature of this tube pre is the detail, there is great detail going on that is not normally associated with tube equipment and transformer in and out preamps. As an example, when used on overheads against several other high end preamps (KM100 mono setup) the ADL600 was the only preamp where a kick mic might have been optional. The low end was just there, pulled to the surface and present. On kick drum it was insane how much of EVERYTHING it delivered top to bottom, and I've talked to several other guys who are now using it as the go to kick pre. My only tip thus far would be to use the ADL600 when you need a huge track like vocals, kick, maybe a featured guitar etc. When mixing it's impossible to make everything sound large so for guys with multiple preamp setups this preamp will come in quite handy for featured tracks that need that size. War
  11. Hey Craig, I was present at one of the shootouts the studio next door to us was doing to write their upcoming ADL600 review in EQ Magazine. I also have a fair amount of time using the pre myself, and I'm curious to see your findings! War
  12. Originally posted by Dylan Walters I hate to burst yer bubble, but it's spelled grammar . That is just funny as hell... War
  13. Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe For most people, I don't recommend the very fastest stuff on the market. You pay a premium for that last bit of speed and power. However, a step or two down from the top is usually pretty affordable and offers much of the high end power - or at least more than enough power for most user's needs, and a level of capability that will last most people for at least a few years before needing to be upgraded. But you have to consider what your individual needs are and decide accordingly. Proven track records of mother boards etc mean a lot also in pro audio, and while I am no expert myself in such matters my partner and a pro PC builder are in the middle of putting together what we hope will be an affordable program for PC seekers with recording needs. The guy who is putting together the lineup stresses reliability over "latest and greatest" not only for financial reasons but for reasons of he knows what works as it has been proven over time. So choosing the right components for those reasons are very important. There are tutorials around the web I'm sure that list proven mb / processor combinations for different rigs too I bet for the do it yourselfers. For some this stuff is rocket science (or might as well be) and for others lucky enough to understand it all it's no big deal (example = lucky you!). War
  14. I've had the same 2.4ghz P4 recording PC running for about 2.5 years now without a single crash. I could upgrade, but why? It's solid and never gets ill on me...and with 1GB of ram (didn't really notice a big jump over 512mb at all) it's about all I could ask for. I run Nuendo 2 with plenty of plugs...no issues. I've done live gigs with a Dell 2.2ghz Celeron into a 5400 rpm hard drive...using firewire devices through a $29 firewire card in the PCM slot...no problems at all. Pick a good pc and just start recording! They don't get old "that" quick. War
  15. Utility? All purpose? Multi-patterned? Pad? Hi-pass filter? Shockmount? CAD M179 If you must go tube, the CAD M9 as mentioned is a great one. War
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