Depends on your needs. This is an area where you can spend anywhere from the £50 above right up to £1000 for the same number of ins and outs. Difference being the quality of the preamps and DAC and the stability of the drivers. I would recommend looking at Focusrite, Steinberg, the new budget MOTUs or the SSL2+.
You really need the focusrite scarlett range but not cheap if you want multiple ins and outs.
Ok thanks. Could you possibly suggest something that i could upgrade/replace with since having to deal with a pci card is a bit annoying in recent years would orefer a usb device is there anything that’s the goto device like the 24/96 was back in the day?
Wouldn't call it an upgrade, this device is definitely good for the money, but the drivers are average and the pres are fairly noisy. Also 192kHz does nothing but waste your disk space.
Would this be a good replacement/uograde to my m audio 24/96 delta card? I use it for great stereo out and in as well as midi in and out 5 pin
Posted 4th AprPosted 4th Apr
Audio-Technica AT-LP3BK Turntable Automatic Belt-Drive Black Used - Acceptable £133.49 @ Amazon Warehouse£133.49Amazon Deals
Nice savings i think Fully automatic belt-drive turntable operation with two speeds 33-1/3 45 RPM Balanced straight tonearm with hydraulically damped lift control and lockable… Read more
The returns period is 30 days but there is a 1 year warranty (repair, replace or refund). https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amazon-Warehouse-Deals/b/?ie=UTF8&node=3581866031&ref_=sv_gb_1
I've bought "acceptable" before and the damage described was on the box and not the item. But it's like buying from China - after 30 days it's yours with no warranty.
It's up to you what you spend money on
Not a deal breaker but Amazon warehouse items are warranted for 1yr whereas Audio-Technica new items are warranted for 2 yrs
Often goes down to £150 at Richer Sounds. Nice turntable for the price with built in pre-amp so you can just plug it in to a standard amp or powered speakers (or even passive speakers if you want). If the description does say damage to top and sides I’d assume that is to the plastic lid, so depends if you can live with that. Also, is this a one-off ?
That's right, an analogue cannot be perfectly converted perfectly to a digital form but what you've got here is an analogue, initially in the from of a tape converted into a lower range (in terms of frequency) and lower dynamic range analogue form with all sorts of distortion, hum, hiss and rumble added.And because a stylus cannot accurately track a groove, distortion increases after only one playing, paricularly when playing the inner grooves.
Thanks to the streaming sites the Loudness war is now over. Every thing is the same perseved volume.
One good thing about vinyl is that it has largely escaped the "loudness wars" as the high audio compression levels used on CDs since the early 2000s would make the stylus jump out of the groove on an LP. So current LPs are re-mastered with much lower compression/loudness levels making them much more pleasant to listen to.
Digital conversion also comes with distortion and quantisation noise, it's not exactly perfect. Some of us actually enjoy the warmer sound that a good vinyl produces.
Would prefer black (as everything I own is black - I'm quite unimaginative) but seriously tempted to go for this as was my first choice for the direct drive mech (second choice being Sony PSX500 for .wav ripping and aesthetics). For me, there's certainly something special about vinyl. Not sure I buy into the whole "better than CD" rhetoric as that's debatable and the same people tend ot say "but you have to spend £1000s to get there" and besides, the advent of DSD hi-res makes that argument irrelevant. I just think it's more fun, more of an occasion, like driving an AC Cobra - I wouldn't want to do it every day but there'll be moments when there's nothing else I'd rather do (if I had a Cobra, that is (lol) ).
Posted 22nd FebPosted 22nd Feb
ROLAND VERSELAB MV-1 ZEN-Core Professional Song Production Studio - £566.34 on Amazon£566.34£62610% off Free P&P FreeAmazon Deals
10% off list price. Out of stock but honoured for a lot less than RRP £626 or £599 elsewhere, once stock is back in.
Yes, there are some top grade features for improving your vocal takes in post processing. If you have found your way around the TR8S then you will pick it up pretty quickly.
have you? nice, so you dont have to be planning on making hip hop or rap or anything vocal heavy? can you record vocals then use onboard processing to fx it up quite easily? its between this and the MPC One so quite the dilemma for starting out but really want something i can jump into having had little to no experience of said workflows and DAWless from the off. i only have a TR8S and Arturia Microfreak into an NTS1 at the moment
My take is that Roland have taken everything that was good about the MC-707 and MC-101 and refocussed it on workflow as well as highlighting the essential features that support the song writing process. It's an awesome device and this is a great price. IMO it is actually pretty genre-agnostic as the sound/drum library is so comprehensive. Being able to record vocals and enhance them with the built in effects is a great bonus also! (I have had one for a couple of weeks now)
is the MC101 the better option for the techno/ambient stuff then?
I think these are really functional grooveboxes, especially for any singers or rappers, as the focus is on including vocals. I have the fairly similar MC-101, which doesn't feature vocals or audio input (except via USB) and I'm realy impressed. The Verselab will be even better when the next firmware updated comes out (very soon apparently), as it includes intergration with iOS, Mac and PC (Android to follow) using the Zenbeats app. I think it will give it touch control (on iOS and Android) and editing of the sequencer and other things. Easier editing than on the tiny LCD screen. (PS I don't seem to be able to give this "heat"?).
Posted 3rd FebPosted 3rd Feb
Audio-Technica ATH-M30X Professional Headphones - Black £48 at Amazon£48Amazon Deals
Type: Closed-back dynamic Driver diameter: 40 mm Magnet: Neodymium Voice coil: Copper-clad aluminium wire Frequency response: 15 - 22,000 Hz Maximum input power: 1,300 mW at 1… Read more
I managed to pick some of these up for £65 from eBay (customer return unused). There was some discussion on here about this turntable needing an amp but these speakers work perfectly. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073ZDXVCM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_3EQWAZFTAQX530678SB1
I'm looking at this one as a gift for someone. I'm wanting some powered speakers to go with this, has anyone got any recommendations? Budget around £100.
Does anyone know if this has the magnetic replacable cartridge?
Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated
Not a huge difference in it.. but with the LP3 you can upgrade the cartridge, on the LP60 it's not replaceable...
Posted 1st FebPosted 1st Feb
Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Studio Monitor Professional Headphones - Black - £109 @ Amazon£109Amazon Deals
The ATH-M50x professional monitor headphones feature the same coveted sonic signature, with the added feature of detachable cables. From the large aperture drivers, sound isolating… Read more
I actually got a pair of dt880 this afternoon with a cheap headphone amp and I immediately boxed up my fidelio to return them. I guess it wasn’t so much the treble as it was the clarity and feeling like the bass was taking over the whole sound at the expense of vocals. I guess I’m getting old, sure 10 years ago I’d have kept the fidelio... haha.
Oh yeah, I cant type. I meant Cloud. Cloud 2 includes a USB. EDIT: This explains it better than I have: [Review] - HyperX Cloud Core, Cloud, and Cloud 2 : Gaming_Headsets (reddit.com) I didnt realise the cloud core were also Takstars, so you could actually get a set even cheaper.
The Currys link is 1st gen? It doesn't say it's hyper cloud TWO
If you want a wired bargain headphone, get the hyperx cloud 2. They are 60 quid from currys and are just Takstar Pro 80s painted slightly garish colours. The Takstar Pro 80s themselves are clones of Beyerdynamic DT770, so you are getting a rizla away from DT770 performance for half the price. Headphone Showdown: HyperX Cloud II (Takstar Pro 80) VS Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 Ohm | by Alex Rowe | Medium Buy HYPERX CloudX Gaming Headset - Black | Free Delivery | Currys
Haven’t tried M30X. the M40X is the best in Audio Technica range.
Posted 31st JanPosted 31st Jan
Audio Technica ATH-LS50iS Earphones Black and Red Available - £19.99 @ HMV£19.99
Same deal as the one on Amazon which sold out quickly Red also available here Used to be around 79.99, cheapest I’ve ever seen one. Live for Live SoundFor lovers of live musi… Read more
Yeah I have the LS200 and I really love them so looking forward to these to see what the budget dynamic driver option is like.
Could be, but sold and shipped by amazon so if anything isn’t right I’ll just return.
I've taken punt on these. Reviews are very mixed certainly but there's enough good ones to make me wonder if they'll perform well when suitably amped and that's maybe the root of some of the bad ones. Can always return them if they're truly mince! 8)
Reviews are pretty bad - probably fakes. Discount hard to believe
Yeah... Follow him on youtube. A lot will come down to personal preference. I can't handle TT with manual speed change, it's just a massive hassle. So for me personally, the Rega has 2 big negatives (belt change and low grade cart). I'd take the convenience and easy upgrade of the 120X (the cart will accept some nicely upgraded styluses) Either will be a solid TT.
you might find this interesting, audio stuff is always a learning thing https://theaudiophileman.com/planar-1/
The VM95E is a far superior cart to the Rega... No TT/tonearm effect will compensate for that. I reckon it'd be a fair fight.
you really think an LP120X compares to a Technics SL1200?
the Rega sounds really good, it's the combination of platter, tonearm and overall quality that makes the sound impresive, the Carbon isn't a bad needle in that combination Aslo on't confuse AT carts with the Chinese made turntable decks, AT has always made excellent carts, their best turntable imo is the LP5, which is really good, not the LP120 If you really believe a LP120X beats a Rega for sound quality then I don't think we'll ever agree :-)
Posted 22nd JanPosted 22nd Jan
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC700BTGY Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones Grey £77.90 Amazon sold by magicdiscounts£77.90 Free P&P FreeAmazon Deals
Noise-cancelling 25 hours battery life Bluetooth technology and noise-cancelling Qualcomm aptX compatible Touch controls for music and answering calls