So I'm reworking our gig set up, and was wondering should I be using some kind of vocal preamp or compressor between the singer's mic before it goes into my Motu Ultralite sound card?
I process the vocals in Ableton (a device rack containing Ableton's EQ8/reverb/simple delay) - is there anything else I can be doing here to ensure the vocals are getting enough gain to FOH?
I used in the past an ART Tube Preamp
, but that seemed to be flakey and cause troubles with my set-up so I ditched it.
Oh, and does anyone have a handy device rack they could forward me that works well in this kind of live set-up?
Any advice/help much appreciated!
A good preamp should make a noticeable difference. Most interfaces have mediocre preamps. Expect to spend at least $500 for a great preamp though.
It depends a lot on what kind of quality you need.
There are usually two schools in preamps. Clean and transparent and colored preamps. Tubes will usually phatten the sound.
Compressor, it depends. In theory a compressor isn't necessary for 24 bit but a little compression can make the recording process easier. It can tame really dynamic or messy vocals who peak easily. It can also lighten your mixing since u will need less compression.
Consider a compressor preamp combo device like a focusrite isa 220.
Also consider that many industry people track in mobile locations using nothing but an mbox and do their mixing later (especially for mix CDs).