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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 24, 2013, 04:13:12 PM »
Well I'm only 23 so I've got plenty of time.  :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 23, 2013, 10:01:17 PM »

Quote from: Immersion
Well I was hoping about have a discussion about how creating the best sound quality possible, of course, what is best for me does not fit all,  the main argument here is that is not worth to invest money in "too expensive" equipment, cause you can mask it with eq and different mixing techniques.

You are clearly the master of presumptions! Please quote the person who said such a statement in this thread!.im sorry to say, but you wont find anyone!

If I had to take a guess, he might have been referring to Paul's post but even that doesn't exactly fit what Immersion seems to be referring to.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:53:51 PM »
Deuter- Haleakala

Not a huge fan of Deuter but this is a great album IMO. I feel like he really declined after he left Kuckuck though.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:52:42 PM »
I can understand why Immersion would be passionate about having the best sound quality. However, like Tomas and others have said, music is ultimately subjective and most people can't tell the difference between the best quality and something that's just average or below that. For example, there are people out there that probably can't tell the difference between FLAC and MP3.

I think I'm going to stick with my setup for the most part and just try to improve upon using the things that I have, like Paul and I think some others suggested. I'm sure there's a lot than I can improve upon in terms of recording and production. I feel like I have good ideas and a distinct sound, so I think I can definitely build off of that and get better.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 23, 2013, 09:29:02 AM »
LOL at that picture.

I actually do have access to reel-to-reel tape recorders at my university but I'm not sure if they even work because that studio they're in is garbage. The computers are well over 10 years outdated and barely even work.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 22, 2013, 05:21:09 PM »
I decided to record today after figuring out how to properly use the Alpha and I noticed an improvement in the sound quality already. I think I'm going to stick with my setup for now.

Also, Toraverb is great.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 22, 2013, 02:49:33 PM »
Yeah, I actually didn't realize that when I first made the topic. That's my big mistake I guess but if it wasn't for me making this thread to begin with, I wouldn't have figured out that I was even making this mistake.

Now it's starting to make sense to me.

Thanks.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 22, 2013, 01:21:32 PM »
I decided to start read through the Lexicon Alpha manual today to see if I overlooked anything and I think I overlooked two things: the monitor mix and the line-outs.

What I don't understand completely is how it works as an external soundcard if I'm working only within my laptop itself.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 09:01:56 PM »
I've learned more from this forum in a short amount of time than I have from anywhere else on the internet about recording ambient music.

I've only been recording for a year and it's been all at my house. I've never been inside of an actual studio and I don't know anyone else in my area who makes this type of music. This forum has really opened my eyes to recording and also, more ambient music that I hadn't even heard of.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 06:24:18 PM »
My head is spinning from all this :o    Castleview next time you should put up some sort of specific parameters so us gear heads keep our big guns in the cabinet.....like what was your first studio setup  ;)  because just the sight of the word converters or ad/da brings out the hoarding mass.  This sounds familiar...must have seen it in another threads somewhere.

But I love how this thread turned out. I should get an award from mgriffin for stimulating all this discussion.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 03:03:08 PM »
This is home stereo DA converter, not for recording. It doesn't have analog-to-digital conversion, which is something you would get with a pro audio converter. This could certainly be a good device, but just for listening, not recording.

Thanks for clarifying. It wasn't really clear at all to me from the descriptions.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:54:28 PM »
I've got my sights set on the Modi USB Digital to Analog Audio Converter:

http://www.amazon.com/Modi-USB-Digital-Analog-Convertor/dp/B00CICPN0K

It's made by Schiit Audio, which has a good reputation from what I've heard, and the reviews on Amazon and elsewhere are unanimously positive, which isn't always common for audio equipment that cheap. And it's well within my grad student budget.

Even if it's not the best on the market, it should still be an improvement over what I've got now.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:36:27 PM »
Wow, I didn't expect this many responses. I think I'm still leaning toward getting a DAC for my main laptop in the near future since the quality probably isn't that good from the laptop but I'll stay within my budget on that. Also, I did buy Toraverb but I haven't tried it out yet.

Really appreciate all the responses so far.  :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:15:25 PM »
Also, everyone here can feel free to recommend me any other kinds of effect plugins that aren't reverb but are really nice (and preferably affordable).

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 20, 2013, 06:26:37 PM »
I had never heard of Toraverb before but seeing you mention Robert Rich's endorsement and the fact that it's a bargain at that price, I might buy that really soon. It seems like it would also probably be different enough from the ValhallaRoom.

The other ones seem like they would be awesome too but they're noticeably more expensive.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 20, 2013, 05:59:08 PM »
Thanks for all the advice guys. I'm definitely going to take these recommendations into consideration.

I'll admit that I've probably been guilty of too much reverb (some of it probably too cheap in quality) in the past. I did buy ValhallaRoom recently and that's definitely a huge improvement over almost every plugin I have. I was blown away TBH. I'm definitely going to be more conscious of reverb when I record in the future.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 20, 2013, 05:17:34 PM »
I'm in grad school so I don't have a lot of money.  :(

I'm definitely looking for something that's not going to run me broke.

Also, I wasn't offended by Immersion's post at all, so it's no big deal.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 20, 2013, 05:02:53 PM »
I should also note that for acoustic instruments, plugging them into the laptop is not my only option available for recording. I do have a Tascam DR 2D portable recorder that I can use. I do find the recording quality to be better from that but that's still not ideal either. I thought about upgrading from that too.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 20, 2013, 04:38:09 PM »
If you're recording soft synths, are you outputting them from the computer and running them through FX and then inputting them back into the computer? Or are those just staying inside the computer the whole time?

It sounds like the bigger issue is the string instruments. There are a lot more variables with recording acoustic instruments into a computer. You have to worry about microphone, preamplification and AD/DA conversion. Your Lexicon Alpha is a mic preamp and AD/DA converter. For recording, it's the analog to digital conversion that matters. For playback, it's digital to analog. So strictly speaking the digital-to-analog converter will not improve your recording in any sense, other than possibly allowing you to monitor your own performance more clearly and maybe do a better job mixing/mastering.

The Lexicon Alpha may not be a high-end recording device, but it's certainly better than just sticking an analog microphone into the mic port on your laptop, and using the built-in mic preamp and AD/DA convers.

Maybe if you let us know what problem you perceive in your own recordings, somebody here can advise you whether your Alpha is worth upgrading, or if your efforts and money might be better spent on microphones and/or effects.

With the soft synths, I usually use just one main laptop and record within that, with the soft synths and FX all in it. Sometimes, I use another laptop with soft synths that goes through some external FX, then through the Lexicon Alpha and into my main laptop.

When I'm recording, I just don't feel like I'm getting a clean enough sound with the soft synths, even with effects off and the volume up enough. I feel like it's just a tad bit off. It might even be my external speakers, which aren't exactly high end but I was thinking it might have something to do with recording primarily through a laptop. I never upgraded the soundcard on it, so it probably is pretty lousy.

Maybe it's just me though.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 20, 2013, 04:12:01 PM »
Right now, just soft synths and various string instruments which I usually like to hook up to my computer (guitar, mandola, cura saz, maybe a zither) through my Lexicon Alpha and record in real-time.

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