Re: Any recommendations for home recording gear?
To be perfectly honest, if you were not getting "depth or clarity" with any of the gear mentioned above, I would be surprised if the equipment was primarily responsible, unless there is a fault with the A/D converters in the Firestudio. You should be able to get extremely clean, well-defined recordings with that. The GAP Pre 73 is pretty colored, while the Grace is very clean.... but both sound very nice indeed in their own way, and coupled with a Neumann, you should be good to go! Differences between converters as such (once you get in to the medium-higher price ranges) are very, very subtle. Less to do with clarity as such, more 'spatial focus' ....it is rarely night and day. You need a seriously good monitoring setup and accurate environment to hear it. What is your recording acoustic environment like? Monitoring environment? Room treatments?
Originally Posted by Mandosummers
Regardless, I am sure you will enjoy the Baybyface. I have not used one myself, but have used other RME stuff and it is up there with the best.
Gibson F5 'Harvey' Fern, Gibson F5 'Derrington' Fern
Distressed Silverangel F 'Esmerelda' aka 'Maxx'
Northfield Big Mon #127
Ellis F5 Special #288
'39 & '45 D-18's, 1950 D-28.