Henry Olonga wrote:
jimiyves wrote:Maybe it has been already said, but how do you use the preamp et mic files from Henry Olonga ?
What I wanted to do, is to use some very very neutral preamp and mic hardware, and then use the presets from Henry Olonga.
Is that good ? And what hardware can I use ?
Not a bad way to do it if you do not already have a lot of outboard as I believe there is enough colour in the pres, mics and mojo to cover an ITB studio's needs. I have no idea what you have in studio. What is your budget? On the higher end of things -The Prismsound Lyra range seems incredible when released. If you have a lower budget then RME stuff is very good. To be fair most modern AD/DA is not an issue so capturing the files at high enough quality is the key. What interface do you use now? If it is low end and you have flimsy pres then it may be worth getting just one really good preamp. My first recommendation is the Dav BG1. One of the best stereo preamps and underrated IMHO. Track everything acoustic through it unless you do bands and they need to all be in the room at once. Vocals, acoustic guitars etc. it will give give you an instant improvement to recordings and is very flat at lowish levels. Then get in the box and get colour from the various offerings from the developers around. My second reccomendation is the Mackie Onyx series. You will be very happy with the pres on this thing. The 820i goes for about £ 300 here and gives 3 Onyx preamps. They are good enough and even beat some higher end pres in some spheres and I have recorded some AMP samplings with them and they came out absolutely fine.
Now flame suit on - IMHO Working at 96 khz does have some benefits as far as sound quality goes IMHO and is a bigger upgrade than buying a newer interface - with all its associated issues of twice the CPU, HDD space etc. Not desiring to argue over this but I think that is the case in my own tests.
A quick word about the mics. The mics are a very powerful addition to the family. Please use them in conjunction with a preamp to recreate an input chain. They may sound a bit sharp on their own.
So my suggestion is simple. Get the BG1 or Mackie and work at 96 khz. Of course YMMV. I will let others chip in.
Thank you for your answer.
I have a very few hardware, since I sold all I had. I have only Behringer ULtramatch SRC 2496 converters.
What I need :
- very neutral preamp : I was looking for Millenia pre, but I will see what you told me (DAV, Onyx)
- very neutral mic : no idea ... What do you use to make your guitar amp presets for Nebula ?
- very good converters : I was looking for Mytek ADC and DAC 96.
- a very good DI (for bass and guitar) : I was looking for Radial J48.
What I will do :
- recording vocals and a little acoustic guitars (using your pre and mic presets for Nebula)
- recording guitars and bass with DI into the sound card and use your guitar/bass amp presets for Nebula
- using VSTi for piano, synth, and drums (Abbey Road drummer 60 and 70
So, what I'm thinking about :
- maybe a RME Fireface 400 is enough for me ? All in one box ?
- working in 96 kHz will be difficul for me, as I use a lot of VSTi recorded in 44 kHz ...