are very exact, then Audio Amplifiers and Speakers are not part of the
recording chain. The come behind recording. But because you act on
what you hear, they influence what you record and mix.
Recommendations of audio amplifiers for computer
not hard to get a good amplifier today. Technically the are the strongest
part of the recording chain. Very linear, very low distortion, very clean
should you look for when it comes to choose your favorite amp?
are the most important features for amplifiers in computer recording
- It should never, ever clip. That means enough power,
watts, headroom, energy, beef, however you call it...
- It should be silent. You don't want to hear that noise floor
from the fans all the time (I mean cooling fans, not those in front of your
house crying for autographs...) You can choose either a cooling system
without fan (convection cooling) or at least a cooling system with
proportional fans. That means the fans run with exactly the optimum
- It should be secure. You don't want an amplifier that kills
your speakers when he has a little problem. So look out for protection
circuits against overheat, Power Pack failures and Speaker Short-circuits.
That's about all I consider important. Some people can talk
for hours about the "sound" of amplifiers (...They don't mean
I prefer studio-amplifiers without any additional sound and leave "sound-making"
either to musicians, plug-ins or outboard gear.
Most of the newer amps do pretty well in sounding great by not sounding
Now I will recommend some amplifiers for different
applications. I was searching for online shops, that provide a detailed
description of the amplifiers. If you click at the text links below, the
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As an amplifier for smaller systems, that applies to the features above,
I can recommend the
170 Power Amplifier It is not expensive (in fact really cheap), needs
no fan and has pretty good protection circuits.
For bigger near- and midfield monitors I recommend the new Alesis power amps.
They are convection cooled masterpieces (means without cooling fans), starting
with the Alesis
RA150 Power Amp, which delivers 75 watts per channel at 4 ohms for
Alesis RA300 Power Amp with 150 watts per channel at 4 ohms and finally the
Power Amplifier boasting 250 watts per channel at 4 ohms. This should be enough
for even the biggest midfield monitors.
When you need a power source for big Studio Monitors in big rooms, I
would suggest the
Amplifier. For a fair price it can produce
an incredible 660W at 4 ohms and yet stay pretty cool.