Ever since I bought my MR816 CSX I have been using no additional hardware except a Focusrite Octapre (or an Octapre LE, I have both models since my DSP Factory days)
But now I feel like adding some outboard equipment and I am a bit insure how best connect and set it up for best performance.
- First up is a Vintagedesign CA73 mic pre, which is a well made Neve 1073 clone. Should I connect it to one of MR816’s balanced inputs (e.g. input 2) or should I connect it to the unbalanced insert jack of channel 1 or 2, to bypass the first amplification stage?
Since the CA73 has an output level control, I wonder how I should set the MR816’s input gain control. I would assume setting it to unity gain would be ideal, but how do I set the gain knob to obtain unity gain? (Unity gain = same level as if there were no gain control, like on some A/D converters with fixed input gain.) Any ideas?
Or do I need to get a separate A/D converter which is line level only to get a decent result? If yes, what do you recommend which is on par with MR816 or better, but still at a sensible price level? It needs to have SPDIF output, because the ADAT input is already used for my Octapre.
Or would I be better off connecting the CA73 to my Focusrite Octapre which has separate line inputs on a DB24 connector? (The Octapre has built in A/D converters is connected to my MR816s ADAT input.
Response to any of the above would be much appreciated.