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Line inputs are usually fine in most sound cards. But you still go through an extra D/A and an A/D conversion. And no matter how good the preamps are, they will still distort the signal.Then your soundcard has some sucky preamps
I do the same. Analog Unison with the Neve 1073. Fat tone.I record analog mono into unison line in with 1073 pre eq ... and really like it .... of course I record the processed signal as it was a real signal chain
I think it's a matter of workflow. I prefer to get something sound good and then commit to it. For me it's a faster way to get the things done. Other people prefer to have more freedom for later. It's all goodYou can always spoil the signal later. Including pushing it through a vintage preamp, if plug-ins aren't enough. But what is spoiled during recording cannot be undone.
With a UAD system, and it's dedicated hardware processors, it's nice to print some of the plugins to free up processing power for the mix down.I think it's a matter of workflow. I prefer to get something sound good and then commit to it. For me it's a faster way to get the things done. Other people prefer to have more freedom for later. It's all good
Thanks Simeon, I'm going to try this tonighti have an apollo and i have both the analog outs and the spdif connected to it. i have the spdif muted in console (which only mutes the monitor level). i have the spdif selected as the input source in logic. this means that i'm monitoring the analog inputs and can control the level i hear by adjusting the main output on the front of the axe fx (which is right next to me). the spdif signal is the one recorded (and is not affected by the main out control on the axe). it's just a workflow thing. i do boost the spdif signal a bit in console, using one of the uad plugins. i do notice a very slight difference in the quality of spdif vs analog, but it's very small. if your patches are basically mono, then selecting L or R should sound the same as selecting L+R in your daw. pretty easy to test by recording two tracks and then A/B'ing them. i'm not reamping, so the spdif signal is the same as the analog signal.
the SPDIF out sounds great. w/ the analog you go thru 2 conversion stages and this prob affects the qualityI was under the impression that the axe fx with a digital signal is superior to analog. Analog introduces more noise etc. Is this true that an analog connection can match digital?