Did a bit of an upgrade to my setup, from a two screen 6.5 with focusrite saffire to a 3 screen 7.5 setup with the TC SK 48, and all I can say is wow, it’s like night and day.
I got the SK 48 mainly for it’s inputs, to replace my shaky mixing desk that was leaking audio and crackling all over the place - I was convinced it was affecting my mixing - I think I was right having removed it completely from the system. I can now mix easily on the third monitor (an old 1280 x 1024 19" that I had from the previous upgrade to 2 x 1080p monitors) using a combination of TC Near and the new cubase mixer. The extra monitor is on the desk, angled like a synth (it sits next to my Virus, meaning it doesn’t get in the way of my nearfields)
The biggest difference is in sound quality - separation, clarity and bass understanding. I was never one who believed much in the quality of the DAC making a big difference, I thought maybe 1-2% but I was wrong!
I also thought that the TC SK48 would give me a great reverb to work with, and it has: it blows all over the other algorithmic reverbs I’ve had when used in the mix… I don’t know why, but it just sits really nicely. But the biggest revelation was the Fabric C - as a bus compressor/EQ/Limiter it is fantastic and will make a huge difference to my project studio output.
Being able to quickly switch between my main monitors and my intentionally crap Hi-Fi speakers is another nice little hardware advantage - this has always been possible through the control room, but made a level easier now I can control it through the hardware (and the remote that came with the TC) - if you aren’t already doing this, go to a car boot and get a crap amp and some crap speakers and make use of the extra outs on your soundcard; it really has helped my mixes.
Lastly, having all of the extra inputs has made integration of my older synths (particularly my JP 8000) much better - it’s so nice to be able to really use this synth in a session now; and it sounds great with the TC Fabrik R reverb.
anyway, I’m in a happy place, so I thought I’d share.
£162 for the cubase update, £449 for the audio card and some old computer bits have made a huge difference to my workflow and I finally feel creative.
and as a PS - I’ve always had small issues with my Virus TI and the old saffire - these have gone now, and I really can enjoy the synth as it behaves inside the sequencer like it did outside of it.