I don't even know where to start. Let's start at the beginning...
So, 10 years ago, I got a hair-brained idea to buy a keyboard and start writing and recording music. Seven years ago I thought it'd be a good idea to get a mic kit for my drums to learn how to record drums better. Three years ago the studio had its first paying client. Two years ago I decided to start learning how to play guitar and bass. Last year the studio surpassed every goal we set for it...
...and yesterday, Advanced Budget Studios had its biggest hardware upgrade to date. I can't believe the difference in fidelity. Let me tell you what we got. (about to get really technical for the next paragraph)
First, we got a real set of preamps for my drums: The Focusrite ISA-828. We also decided to go all-digital with the ADC card with ADAT. We got a RME Raydat card to interface all the new digital equipment, and last, but not least, we got the formidible RME ADI-08 QS. This is a world-class converter for my Pre-73's and other preamps which will be coming our way soon (thinking seriously of getting the Sonic Farm's new Creamer...)
Oh, I also got a new 5-string ESP B205 5-string bass that's been pretty fun, too.
So, yeah... Lots of new stuff.
So how does it sound??? Well.. I have yet to really run it all through its paces, but at 96KHZ / 32 bit, this hardware makes drums sound so clear and pristine, it makes me want to cry. Yes, overly dramatic, I know, but when I spent as much as I did on this new equipment, I was concerned that it wouldn't be worth it. ... ...it was definitely worth it.