To be honest, I never got THAT deep with it. I never really considered the fact that the S/PDIF inputs on a given sound card would be crappy. I should probably read up on this subject because it is worth looking into.
I was always under the impression that if you used high end converters even with a cheap interface, you would get maximum results. It appears that there is another link in the chain that I never thought about.
Yeah, I'm using the clock on the Mytek's as the master and the Delta 1010s are feeding off of that.Were you using its internal clock?
I'm not sure who these humans are that have life changing experiences with gear. It just doesn't happen to me. There is such a wide range of acceptable tones in recording and the difference from preamp to preamp is so subtle 99.9% of the time that I seldom care about that either.Brandon, I was interested to read that your Mytek only gave a marginal improvement over your 1010s.
A person can get robo-anal about the engineering end and stress out about a .25dB difference in high end or on this or that, but these monstrously subtle differences don't seam to have anything to do with monster pro mixes.
Generally speaking, if you take a good home recording and compare it with a mega budget major label recording in a similar genre, the differences are extreme and these differences tend to go WAY past the differences in gear.
I do have to say that there is some synergy to gaining 0.25% here and 0.25% there. In fact, the only way get to that magical 100% in engineering is to focus how all these tiny things add up. It's kind of like bowling in that the only way to get a 300 is to have all strikes. If you throw all strikes but 2, you end up with 240 or whatever.
I also think that having the mentality of robo-analness with engineering that leads to a person getting high end pres and converters is required to be a great engineer. Of course, these types of people will be anal about everything....how they tie their shoes....baking a pizza to absolute perfection....and taking 3 hours to wash a car even if it is going to rain the next day.
Personally, I don't see the benefit of 100% great engineering. There are a lot of new recordings that sound enormous. So what! The music sucks.
So, for me, I've decided that I don't give a damn about mic pres. I'll just use what I was suckered into buying years ago. I really don't give a damn about converters. I'm certainly not going to upgrade past the Myteks and I'm not going to worry much about the click jitter stuff either.
Instead, I'm going to focus on finding real talent and focus on my own songwriting. My goal is produce great records....not great examples of audio engineering.
These gear snobs typically shun on $100 dynamic mics even though though a guy like Bono refuses to use anything else these days. There is a direct and obvious contradiction between the gear snobs and most of the people actually cranking out socially significant music.