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> Dda D-series For Recording
abelsna
post Tue 19 Feb 2008, 11:34
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Hey

I have been offered a DDA Arena (D-series) console for about 1000 euros. Its in good shape and have been in a non smoking studio. As far as i can remember its a live console and not for recording, therefore i'm a little uncertain whether to buy it or not. I know its a 8 bus console but does anybody know if it has direct out on all channels or what the configuration is?

Sometimes i record on tape ( a tascam MS-16, 16 track 1-inch) and sometimes in protools (digi003 + rme octamic). I have used a behringer MX8000, and is currently using a soundtracs fmx-series (only 8 mic preamps)

Any help would be nice!

THanks
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post Fri 19 Mar 2010, 07:52
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So-called electro-acoustic guitars are usually designed specifically to sound good when amplified over a PA system. The design compromises involved in making a guitar that amplifies easily without feedback mean that many such guitars sound rather 'dead' when played unamplified, compared to a good dreadnought or jumbo instrument. However, you say that yours sounds good when you play it, so it ought to be possible to record it reasonably well. Acoustic guitars won't come over very well unless you use a good condenser mic; many professional engineers would prefer a small–diaphragm model such as a Neumann KM184, although you can get excellent results with much cheaper mics such as those made by Rode, AKG, Audio-Technica, CAD and so on. If you're using a dynamic mic you will inevitably lose much of the sparkle and clarity that a good condenser mic will capture. Mic placement is very important. The usual default is to point the mic at roughly the spot where the neck joins the body (rather than directly at the sound hole), from a distance of around 12 inches, but you should experiment with different placements.
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