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Title: Upgrading to 4 channels - questions re: cables, power, and mics
Post by: detroit lightning on June 17, 2017, 10:43:29 AM
I recently acquired a Roland R26 on this fine site, and plan to start recording w/ 2 sources - either mics and a SBD feed, or 2 sets of mics.

As is, I have CA14 Cardoids & Omnis, and one CA9100 pre-amp.

Here are my questions:
1. I'm thinking of upgrading to some full sized capsules (AKG, maybe) that would go XLR in. Would I need a battery box/preamp to do that?
2. If I hold off on new mics, what cables would I need to go from 1/8" female > XLR male, and would I need power for the mics to do that?

In general, I'm just trying to understand if the cost of #1 is close enough to #2 to make me just take the leap...

Thanks!
Title: Re: Upgrading to 4 channels - questions re: cables, power, and mics
Post by: achalsey on June 17, 2017, 12:22:03 PM
Nice.  Ability to grab a board feed is a huge step up in my mind.  Running 2 sets of mics at the same time can be fun, and sometimes be a really good idea, but often a little unnecessary to me.  Others may disagree.  That said, I've run the 4 channel CA14 card/omni combo in the past and made some nice recordings.

As to your questions:

1.  Would I need a battery box/preamp?   
2.  What cables?
Title: Re: Upgrading to 4 channels - questions re: cables, power, and mics
Post by: acidjack on June 20, 2017, 09:48:36 AM
Kind of a waste of time to have a phantom-powered recorder and not use phantom-powered mics. Get the AKGs.

You do need an attenuator from Naiant to take SBDs into the miniplug. Get a 2xfemale XLR>stereo male mini adapter from Naiant set to -24dB, set the gain setting on that miniplug input to LOW, and you'll be good to go for tons of 4-channel fun...
Title: Re: Upgrading to 4 channels - questions re: cables, power, and mics
Post by: detroit lightning on June 20, 2017, 12:38:51 PM
Yeah...that's where I was leaning.

Awesome - thanks for the help, fellas.
Title: Re: Upgrading to 4 channels - questions re: cables, power, and mics
Post by: CorFit Chris on June 20, 2017, 10:20:05 PM
If you can't get a board feed, just split out your CA-14 omni's 3+ feet and run your AKG's in the middle (different config options) and pull some great recordings outside.