Sound quality hardware Vs OB

Hi foks,

Hope you’re fine and safe.
I didn’t expect to get the trinity which I finally have (AR, A4 and OT).
Even the OB isn’t available on the OT, I’m wondering - with the experience you now have - is there a difference in term of the sound quality between the analog flow and Overbridge ? Is it that much noticeable ?

I can test of course but it’s more to get a discussion around that :slight_smile:

Have a good day !

Most notably, with OB there’s no noise from the analog path (cables, mixer etc.). In terms of signal-to-noise ratio, OB has a higher quality. I like some noise though, so it’s also a matter of taste. Some people seem to hear differences from the AD converters, I don‘t. Depending on your analog chain, other gear may change the sound, in my case the mixer (Ecler Nuo 4.0).

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If I monitor AR and A4 directly analog via lake people headphoneamp and Beyer dt-880 The signal is a tiny bit richer, more detailed than via ob or computer in general. But once in the computer, recorded via ob or different audio interfaces makes almost no difference for me. it is more about latency and Daw inconvenience if I monitor via computer… I did some tests regarding ob vs. Audio interface in the past and for me expensive converters are not necessary… have a look in the forum for ob vs. Interface audio quality, there are some topics

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Thank you, will check it out.
Having a combination of UAD & Midas Mixer, I’ll avoid OB but in termes of flexibilty it sometimes push me to try it tho.

For me OB is too complex and takes out the fun… i made a Template with many individual channels and all, but I mostly record stereo out from rytm. A4 is routed into AR input. I work on computer most of the day, so enjoy standalone…

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I always hated the sound of ob
but there is a knob somewhere, that upgrades audio quality
solved the problem
not 100 % sure, some time ago i checked this

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Can’t agree more with that. Also, to me, the summing adds something more to the sound of the A4 and A4 master.

I did a test some years ago. Analog 4 mk1 - Ob 1 vs RME fireface.

It sounded nearly the same. I was really surprised by the sound quali. I recorded into logic. Not sure if ob would stand against high end converters, maybe a ferrorfish pulse or something.

In my experiences the gear between a synth and a converter have much more influence in a good or a bad way. That‘s why i‘m using my mackie only for live sets… but for other people such a mixer is the perfect solution.

Could you tell a difference listening to the finished song on spotify?? :upside_down_face:

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I don´t know if there´s a quality difference, in my case I prefer to have every track separated but it´s a problem ´cause I´m not using the machine´s effects and the distortion and compressor gives the AR a lot of character.

If I could mix better without the DAW I´ll say it´s a better option but for now I prefer USB.

I believe that you want to work in 48kHz with OB because this is the internal samplerate of the machine.

It depends on the overall setup. For example, I always prefer to mix analog signals together because I have quite a large mixing console that sums up into autonomous audio interfaces. Yes, that sounds better in my ears, or just “different”. An AR e.g. sounds better or different, if you connect the individual sound sources of the AR via the 8 analog (balanced) single outputs to a reasonable mixing console and sum them up there. But if you have a small setup that doesn’t necessarily have to be integrated into a rather large and expensive studio environment, then OB sounds really good on good monitors. And for Spotify , OB is totally sufficient.
In the end it always depends on the music and artists itself. There are thousands of examples with really shitty recorded tracks, which nevertheless became million sellers :slight_smile: