I use for several years the first model of the MOTU 896... Yes, even with their bad preamp ! Now these pres are faulty (2 are totally out, and 2 or 3 are getting worse every day).
Then I'm faced with a dilemma - must I go for :
- several pres and in this case must I look for kits from either Joe Malone, FiveFish, 7 Circle Audio, or any other,
- or for already manufactured preamp interfaces.
- Or, must I change my Firewire Interface for say a TC Konnekt 48 (with 4 pres) or a Saffire 40 Pro with 8 pres...
In other words, are the "separated" mikes pres a lot better than the integrated pres of these two IEEE interfaces ? Another point that I consider is the easy way of the integrated pres : less connections, less circuits, less noise, etc.
I record mostly classical orchestra