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  1. Focusrite Clarett OctoPre

    MFR#: AMS-CLARETT-OCTOPRE
    8-channel 24-bit/192 kHz AD/DA with eight preamps and eight line outputs expanding computer audio interfaces via ADAT I/O
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    $949.99

    $759.99
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  2. Focusrite RedNet 1

    MFR#: AMS-REDNET-1
    Eight-channel AD/DA audio converter
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    $2,499.99

    $2,099.99
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  3. Focusrite RedNet 2

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    MFR#: AMS-REDNET-2
    16-channel AD/DA audio converter
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    $3,699.99

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  4. Focusrite RedNet 4

    MFR#: AMS-REDNET-4
    Eight-channel mic preamp and A/D converter
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    $2,999.99

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  5. Focusrite RedNet 5

    MFR#: AMS-REDNET-5
    32 channel Pro Tools|HD Bridge
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    $1,199.99

    $479.99
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  6. Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic

    MFR#: AMS-SCARLETT-OCTOPRE-DYNA
    Expand your studio with eight mic/line inputs, eight line outputs, Focusrite precision conversion up to 192 kHz AD/DA and analog compression on every channel
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    $819.99

    $649.99
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The AD/DA converter is the heart of your digital recording system. On the front end, you have the A/D converter, which will turn the analog signal from your microphone and preamp, into a digital waveform that can be played back and manipulated through your DAW. Having a quality A/D converter is key to maintaining the depth of the the original source, where a lower quality A/D can leave your digital signal sounding thin or hollow, which is almost impossible to fix through digital or analog dynamic processing or EQ.

On the back end is the D/A converter, which is what converts the digital audio from your DAW back into an analog signal that we hear back through our studio monitors. If you are using an analog desk, it is very important to have the highest quality D/A conversion. If you are using a lower quality D/A converter, you will be sending a degraded signal to your console, which will be amplified by the analog circuitry of the desk.

Some interfaces have built in preamps, as well as A/D D/A conversion. These are a great option for a smaller studio, the price point is usually a bit lower, you won’t need to buy any external analog preamps, and the conversion still maintains a higher quality. For a more commercial recording facility, you may want to look into something that just does A/D D/A conversion, as these units aren't also trying to focus on the quality of the internal preamp, more attention is put onto the converters, resulting in much clearer, full bodied audio.