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API VS Focusrite

Discussion in 'Backline' started by Lasse Lammert, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. Lasse Lammert

    Lasse Lammert HCAF Blitzkrieg

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    Here's the promised shootout of the API preamp vs the Control24 Focusrite preamps.

    of course the API is more detailed and 3d...clearly wins by a mile, still the Control24 preamp is definitely usable

    API
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  2. Jarkko Mattheiszen

    Jarkko Mattheiszen The FU guy.

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    The API seems to have quite a bit more depth, but I can't see myself not being able to use the Control24 preamps perfectly happily judging from these clips, especially with a modern hi-gain rhythm tone. Thanks for the effort man!
     
  3. Jarkko Mattheiszen

    Jarkko Mattheiszen The FU guy.

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    Out of curiosity, which API's are these? 512c's? 3124's?
     
  4. Lasse Lammert

    Lasse Lammert HCAF Blitzkrieg

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    As usual, the API is quicker, tighter and with more bite. The Control24 is more dull and boomy.
     
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    API sounds awesome
     
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    brb, buying 3124's.
     
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    I can imagine that C24 boominess being a problem.
     
  9. Lasse Lammert

    Lasse Lammert HCAF Blitzkrieg

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    well, I'll only be using the focusrites on hats and room tracks, triggers etc...perhaps bottom snare.
    I actually think the octopre preamps are a bit more analytic than the Control24 preamps..they're supposed to be the same though
     
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    I like the APIs better, too.. but it's not *that* big a difference to me, and it's not like the Focusrite preamps sound bad.
    Imho not worth the extra money but I am GASing for APIs nevertheless :lol: Damnit.
     
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    Control24 vs. API. That's like bringing a knife to a gun fight.
     
  12. guitarguru777

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    Well the control 24 pres have shit ton more components next to them and I would think there is a longer signal chain then the octopre.

    I still love my Focusrites on my Saffires, I still say for the price you cant beat em.

    But seriously guys did you really expect the Control 24 to beat out the API's ....lol
     
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    Fixed
     
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    I did not realize that there are speed issues with preamps, but the second part of the clip clearly shows it. So that's why my fast picking turns to mud, seems I am forced to play doom until I can upgrade :)
     
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    acappa Alex Cappa TMF Studios

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    Hey Lasse! What you use to connect to the 3124´s?? I usually KD and Toms...how you manage such a high hot input of the pres???
     
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    Just picked up an API 3124, and RME Fireface 800 w/ Focusrite Octopre via ADAT to record the drums for the new The Empire Shall Fall album... Eager to here how the API sounds. Either going to go Snare, and 3 Toms with the API or 2 OH's, Snare, Room. Will probably use the Octopre and RME pres (hh, ride and rooms etc) Lasse, what are your findings with the API and Octopre on drums soo far??
     
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    lolzgreg Cereal Shipping Sneapster

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    My guess is that Mr. Small is going to be replacing all of the drums, so shoot for 2 OH's, Snare, Room.
     
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    arv_foh Brian K

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    goddamn I have GAS for some API so bad
     
  19. Lasse Lammert

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    definitely put OHs and snare (at least top) on the APIs.
    the octopre preamps sound good for toms, hats etc, no need to worry about that
     
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    If you want to use the real toms and snare, use the apis. Maybe with pad-cables.
    I got the biggest toms out of hot driven api-pres.
    If you use small-condensers for OH then the octopres are fine.
    They are by far not as slow as onyx preamps or stuff...
     

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