[LAU] Replacement for a 1010LT

William Light wrl at illest.net
Sat Aug 27 04:11:22 UTC 2016

On Sat, 27 Aug 2016, at 01:46, jonetsu at teksavvy.com wrote:
> On Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:15:42 +0200
> William Light <wrl at illest.net> wrote:
> > Unrelated, but consider replacing the tubes in that MPA. I swapped the
> > stock (unbranded) tubes in mine with a set of JJ 12AX7 and it improved
> > the sound markedly. Cheap upgrade, too: the JJ tubes ran me about €12
> > apiece.
> Thanks. Will consider it.
> Are the VU meters supposed to move ?  I mean, I use an AT2050, phantom
> power switched on, everything else normal, and with an acoustic guitar,
> although the sound is OK I find, the VU meters do not move. Much less
> the 'tube' meters.  I can make them move if I sing gvery close to the
> mic.  Also, with the 1010LT card I set the output (at the back) at
> -10dBV.  I assume the jumpers ont he 10101LT are at the default
> position.

I run the tubes in high-voltage mode all the time and generally crank
the gain up until whatever I'm recording is just saturating. Even then,
the VU meters are so slow that I barely notice them unless I'm doing a
lot of really steady tones. For something like acoustic guitar, the
meters not moving sounds just about right.

Can always turn the gain up. ;)


> > On the subject of the audio interfaces, I've been having an excellent
> > time with an RME Multiface + the HDSP PCI card. Can be had on ebay
> > for a couple hundred and well worth it. It's getting on there in
> > years, but it's aged wonderfully, and it has 8 channels of ADAT
> > optical i/o if you want to add more channels in the future (which I
> > did).
> Thanks, will read about it.
> Cheers.
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