He had a pretty impressive array of gear all going into one blackface ADAT. Tubes-any tubes-are a multi-tasking boon to the digital world. Vintage King co-founder Michael Nehra shares some of his love, knowledge, and practical advice for diving into the world of vintage audio gear, and then takes us behind the scenes for a walk through Enter new zip code to refresh estimated delivery time. Not only do they inherently “tame the harshness”, they guarantee against overloads by reaching “compressor-style” limits of their own-I mean in a way of speaking. The AD is two channels of discrete, class A, well-designed solid state mic pres.

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At times in this session I had both of them pegged, and that’s when it really sounded great. Image 2 of 2 CMU No Longer Available Update Location close.


In other words, the headphone output can give you zero-latency monitoring of signals being recorded, mixed together with already-recorded tracks from your DAW.

However much you want to argue-and I hope you will-that these “starved-plate” tube arrangements where the tubes are powered at 50 volts and are really an effect, to dial in as opposed to real, United Nations-approved tube preamps that run at volts, go for it; draft a treaty or something.

Our Verdict If you’re after quality sound and build rather than tons of clever routing options, the TubeFire 8 is hard to beat for the price.

See any errors on this page? I had a friend in the early s who set up a “recording studio” at the edge of town, in the living room of his house.

In some ways, it wasn’t that long ago, and in other ways, it’s like it’s been billions of years. Dynamic mics in particular sounded glorious through the TubeFire, with heightened definition and presence. The 70 dB worth of gain is plenty for even shy ribbon mics. Channels 1 and 2 feature Hi-Z instrument inputs that automatically switch off the microphone preamps, when a plug is inserted.


Each channel is fully independent and features 48 V phantom power, a 20 dB pad, an 80 Hz high-pass tubeefire8, polarity There is a headphone out that gives you: The eight balanced outputs can be summed to an integrated headphone output providing either a mono or stereo mix function for low latency input monitoring and for monitoring audio playback from the computer.

The world of audio interfaces is dominated at the lower end of the market by those of the ‘two-in, two-out’ variety, and that’s all the connectivity many people need. It’s not just “signal present” and “clip”, it’s four LEDs that give a nicely fluid and informative picture of any activity above dB.

It’s much more common to chart the incremental values along the path of a knob, but with just a series of dots to look at, I found myself really listening to the source to determine the proper level. This was the dawn of when you could truly craft radio-ready recordings on a shoestring, anywhere.

There’s no mention of either the tube types used or in what capacity, or of the type of converters inside, but the sound is clear and detailed; and with plenty of gain and headroom, it never feels compromised. So how is the TubeFire 8 in use?

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Back View Show More Less. Update Unrecognized Zip Code. Cons Basic, ifrewire monitoring, Up against serious competition. The Central Station is a talkback system and studio monitoring interface that routes audio from mixing or playback devices to multiple control room speakers as well as a studio or headphone cue That was analog out only, this has that plus digital over FireWire.


Jim Williams has spent much of his 56 years working with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin and Stevie Wonder. The build quality is impressive – we feel it’s better than much of the more expensive competition.

It certainly is a dastardly fraud and all that. There is visual level metering on every channel.

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Hard drive and Compact Flash-based MP3 players have revolutionized portable music firdwire. Native Instruments-a company whose reputation was built on software as opposed to hardware-just released their Audio Kontrol 1 into a market already crowded with affordable portable recording Also telling-the great blessing of a built-in monitor, and the monitoring is phenomenal, a study in minimalism that succeeds beyond all reason.

I’m beginning to realize how different DI boxes can be. Tubes-any tubes-are a multi-tasking boon to tubefir8e digital world. Vintage King co-founder Michael Nehra shares some of his love, knowledge, and practical advice for diving into the world of vintage audio gear, and then takes us behind the scenes for a walk through