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Peter Kowalczyk:
I've been using the MOTU 828 (mkII) that I bought used years ago as a smaart interface.  It recently suffered its second firewire port failure, and given that I no longer need its I/O count (Using Smaart 7DI; other multi-channel I/O needs covered by an X32Rack), I'm hesitant to take on another board-level repair job on the MOTU.

I have been lusting after a Sound Devices USBpre2 for some time.  However, I'm not sure if I can justify the cost when there are numerous other 2x2 balanced i/o devices at a fraction of the price, e.g. the presonus audiobox usb, or the berry-box that Ivan mentioned.

David - what about the USBpre2 made you choose it over more economical options?  Is the USBpre2 that much better?

Cheers,
P

Lyle Williams:
As cheap and compact a transfer function rig as I could find!

Calibrated Mic: Dayton EMM-6
Interface: ART USB Dual Pre
Platform: iPad Mini
Software: Studio Six Digital's AudioTools

David Sturzenbecher:


--- Quote from: Peter Kowalczyk on April 02, 2015, 03:07:27 pm ---
David - what about the USBpre2 made you choose it over more economical options?  Is the USBpre2 that much better?

Cheers,
P

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I chose the usbPre2 because at the time, is was really the standard in a "measurement pre".   Also, it's wasn't my dime.   I used an EASERA gateway, before and absolutely hated it. It was very unreliable. The USBpre2 just works.  It has built in loopback which is very handy, and  selectable input routing which is pretty slick too. Oh XLR outputs... Why can't all preamps have that?


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Chris Tsanjoures:
The Smaart IO is my main workhorse. I love that with Smaart Di it will configure itself as default - just connect it to your computer, launch DI, and you are ready to make measurements without selecting or creating a config.

That and its ability to calibrate the inputs for SPL without needing a piston calibrator (just the mic's sensitivity value), makes it a no-brainer. There are plenty of other 2 channel interfaces that have more robust features for the home-recording guy, but there aren't any others that have this gain reporting feature so the SIO works best for me, for what I do.

Miguel Angel Castro Rios:

--- Quote from: Lyle Williams on April 02, 2015, 05:34:59 pm ---As cheap and compact a transfer function rig as I could find!

Calibrated Mic: Dayton EMM-6
Interface: ART USB Dual Pre
Platform: iPad Mini
Software: Studio Six Digital's AudioTools

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I know you posted this long time ago, What's your opinion on the Dayton emm-6, I read somewhere that the calibration is not very good and the Mic capsule is a Panasonic?
Is this true? I have very limited budget and only need it to align subs with pa and front fills.

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