Good interface

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Good interface

Post by rufes » Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:06 am

Once I have decided what mic and preamp I want for recording my classical guitar and keeping in mind I only need one or two inputs, What good interface would you recommend me?

I don't find any reason to buy anything better than a Focusrite Clarett 2Pre but would appreciate your comments.

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Re: Good interface

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:33 am

Isn't the Claret a preamp?
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Re: Good interface

Post by konstantine » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:07 am

The Clarett 2p will be fine, great form, great converters and the pres should be nice. I prefer Audient´s preamps though - they have some clarity and weight without being harsh or anything.

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Re: Good interface

Post by rufes » Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:42 pm

Thanks a lot. I really do not need a preamp as I already have one that I love. I just need the interface to take the audio from that preamp into the computer.

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Re: Good interface

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:24 pm

rufes wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:42 pm
Thanks a lot. I really do not need a preamp as I already have one that I love. I just need the interface to take the audio from that preamp into the computer.
So what's your existing preamp and doesn't it already handle conversion? I'd think the Clarett would be OTT if you already have a pre.
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Re: Good interface

Post by rufes » Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:47 pm

The one I have is based on a Neve 1272 Preamp. The output is the typical 3 pin XLR. I can't connect that directly into my computer LOL

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Re: Good interface

Post by rojarosguitar » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:05 pm

Depending on what input you have in your computer. USB 2? Thunderbolt? Zoom TAC-2 has very good converters (and preamps) for it's price (I have one). Also there is a UAC-2 USB 2 version. I think they differ only in the kind of computer connection. Zoom provides also a very cool computer software allowing to automatically detect the proper level of the input.

Just being curious: what preamp are exactly using?
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Re: Good interface

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:14 pm

rufes wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:47 pm
The one I have is based on a Neve 1272 Preamp. The output is the typical 3 pin XLR. I can't connect that directly into my computer LOL
Gosh well since you have such a special pre, fair do! To be honest I would call up a supplier of high end audio gear and ask for their advice. Not least, I can't think of simple interfaces that have XLR in, and to make it worth using your pre, I would suggest making sure your A/D conversion is tip-top. So it may well be that the Focusrite is the right kind of kit. Or look at UA or Audient. I would assume that in its natural habitat the Neve would go into a mixer.
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Re: Good interface

Post by bauersachs82 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:52 pm

A Claret 2Pre will work fine for you. For what you are doing, you could even go cheaper. You can't bypass the pre's on the Claret, but if you don't turn on the "air" feature, they are very clear and neutral sounding. If you don't want to stack preamps, look for an interface that has line in's that aren't combo jacks that feed into the pre's (like on the back of the 6i6). You don't need an XLR input when you can just use an XLR to TRS cable.

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Re: Good interface

Post by acmost9 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:58 pm

Some Focusrite boxes, like almost all of them do not let you totally bypass their onboard mic pres when inserting your own...not the end of the world but something to consider.

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Re: Good interface

Post by bauersachs82 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:04 pm

acmost9 wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:58 pm
Some Focusrite boxes, like almost all of them do not let you totally bypass their onboard mic pres when inserting your own...not the end of the world but something to consider.
This is correct. On the 2pre there is no bypassing the pre's. It will automatically recognize the input between mic and line which will adjust the gain, but the pre's are always on.

The 4pre, 18i8, 6i6, and 2i4 for instance all have balanced line inputs on the back that don't go through the pre's. Audient has the ID22 which has sends and returns. You can bypass the pre's by running directly into the returns.

I lean more towards Audient because I think their conversion is better and their pre's are cleaner sounding.

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Re: Good interface

Post by acmost9 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:16 pm

bauersachs82 wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:04 pm
acmost9 wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:58 pm
Some Focusrite boxes, like almost all of them do not let you totally bypass their onboard mic pres when inserting your own...not the end of the world but something to consider.
This is correct. On the 2pre there is no bypassing the pre's. It will automatically recognize the input between mic and line which will adjust the gain, but the pre's are always on.

The 4pre, 18i8, 6i6, and 2i4 for instance all have balanced line inputs on the back that don't go through the pre's. Audient has the ID22 which has sends and returns. You can bypass the pre's by running directly into the returns.

I lean more towards Audient because I think their conversion is better and their pre's are cleaner sounding.
Heh...sorry, didn’t see that you had already posted about not being able to bypass the pres before I did.

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