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#1544047 - 09/03/17 04:38 PM Boosting and cleaning up signal paths
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Imagine you want quality, yet, you would like to not go broke by purchasing the said high quality preamp. What brands or models would you look for that would deliver signal to the optical or coaxial ins of the 1680 or 2480? I have read on previous threads how external pre's were used to feed the regular 8 in's as well.
If that has worked well to boost low volume levels and kept out the noise, let me know as well.
I have had good luck with a Rode mic and pre for a session that the client brought in their own setup, but am trying to do this on a budget!
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#1544057 - 09/03/17 06:16 PM Re: Boosting and cleaning up signal paths [Re: Heartwaves]
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My personal experience with external preamps and the 1680 center around the analog signal chain. My budget-mindedness tells me that 8-channel mic pres are a bargain when wanting to cover the full 8 channel inputs. I have used the older Presonus M80 to great affect: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R4...=p2045573.m1684 - It appears that the M80 (unmodified) may be going for less than half of what I paid for my last one 6-7 years ago. Unlike the reputation Presonus has acquired over the past ten years, these M80 preamps have a very good sound and are reliable as anything I've used.

The units that were upgrade by Presonus with the Jensen transformers are supposed to be more desirable, but I personally don't think it's worth paying a premium for, if an original non-Jensen unit is in good shape. There's also modded versions that also go for a premium and maybe that's worth it - I've never heard, nor compared.

The M80 has many useful features that a lot of 8-channel units don't have for the money, including individual 8-segment led meter displays. They're strictly analog - no digital I/O.

Unfortunately, the 1680 does not have 8-channel digital input - strictly 2-channel, so digital preamps for the 1680 should be kept to single or dual channel, or it's a waste for the budget.

The 2480 is another ballgame...
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#1544064 - 09/03/17 09:06 PM Re: Boosting and cleaning up signal paths [Re: uptildawn]
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I have used ART DPSII & MPAII digital optical in to 2480.
They give acceptable results, quite useable. Those are valve pre's so if you drive them hard they can get nasty in a nice way.
On the analog side I have used Studio Projects VTB-1 for Bass & Guitars & Vocals, that unit has tube-solid state blend. Got nice sounds with that too. Even the humble Behringer Mic200 was the first thing I tried and the tracks were keepers. But that unit is a rip off of the ART Studio V3 which I would have preferred.
Actually the TPSII & DPSII appear to be stereo versions of the little Studio V3.
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