From Brian Willoughby
Sent Sat, Jan 24th 2015, 10:42
In my opinion, the Metric Halo Labs "MIO" (MobileIO) interfaces are = ideal, although they're not cheap. They're also something that never needs to be retired. People are still = using interfaces from 2001 with or without the various hardware = upgrades. They have 18 to 20 channels on FireWire, so you can add = expansion channels to the 8 on-board analog inputs. Popular expansion = includes anything from the ADA8000 to the Focusrite OctoPre. You can put = 2 or 3 interfaces on one FireWire bus for higher channel counts. I have = about 40 channels of input now to one computer, more if I use multiple = FireWire busses. The 2882 is the older design, and is more affordable - especially used. = The LIO-8 is the new technology option that would be more appropriate = for analog line level gear. You probably don't need the expense of the = preamps in the ULN-8 unless you have microphones (what are those?). The = thing about the LIO-8 (and ULN-8) is that the the inputs and outputs are = DC-coupled (except the preamp inputs on the ULN-8), which should really = help you capture the extreme low end of your analog synths (not to = mention /hear/ the low end on playback). Responding to Laurie's comment, the MIO allows mixing in the interface, = so you can hear more than 2 channels without running Cubase or any other = software. You can set up a separate mix for headphones versus other = outputs, both analog and digital. You can save these setups so that = they're up and running when you power on the interface without a = computer. You can also hook up a Mackie MCU Pro and mix live in the interface, = although a computer is required for the MCU Pro MIDI link. Many people = mix in their MIO rather than mixing in software on their computer. The = MIO DSP uses a higher bit resolution than most DAW software, and some = swear by the sound. Brian Willoughby Sound Consulting On Jan 23, 2015, at 5:20 PM, Daniel Nigrin <email@example.com> = wrote: > I really like my Mackie 1640i, but I=B9ve recently been thinking more = about > mixing in the box moving forward. >=20 > What are current good audio interface options for bringing all my = analogue > (and digital) gear, via 1/4=B2 jacks, into the computer? I would need = 16 > ins. Preferably rack-mounted. Definitely don=B9t need as many = outputs, as > I don=B9t have too much outboard effects or processing gear. >=20 >> On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 1:29 PM, Brian Willoughby = <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >>> Yes, and you could use a Metric Halo Labs LIO-8 for each set of 8, = and >>> that has the DB25 input. But it would get expensive to buy three of >>> them, and you'd need a couple of FireWire busses to handle more than = 16 >>> channels, I think. The LIO-8 has 8 analog and 8 digital inputs, but = the >>> digital inputs are four AES3 pairs, so that would require a = particular >>> outboard converter for expansion. All in all, I think it would get >>> quite expensive to build a digital I/O mixer with the 24.4 and = separate >>> converters - the ADA8000 is cheap enough, but not quite top in sound >>> quality. >>>=20 >>> Brian >>>=20 >>> On Jan 23, 2015, at 11:19 AM, laurie <email@example.com> wrote: >>>> if you have multi analog outs, you could use the ADA8000 for 8 >>> channels to and from Adat LightPipe ... RME make a wonderfull 52 >>> channel HDSP I think its called for PC .... ins and outs 0 latency >>>> On Jan 23, 2015, at 9:54 AM, "A. Horton" <firstname.lastname@example.org> = wrote: >>>>> Zero complaints about my Mackie 1640i. I love the long/thin >>> footprint, too, instead of a wide-ass mixer. Sounds great and works >>> like a charm. Have never once had an issue making records on it for = the >>> past few years. >>>>>=20 >>>>> On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:51 AM, Em Wilson = <email@example.com> wrote: >>>>>> I'm researching a new desk and looking for options similar to the >>> Venice f24. I've never owned a Midas, but I've had Soundcraft and >>> Spirit desks for 20 years now. The following are some guidelines >>>>>>=20 >>>>>> Under $5,000 >>>>>> 16-24 channels >>>>>> Multiple, duplex channels in and out; again, 16-24 >>>>>> Parametric mids (hi + lo optional, but appreciated) >>>>>> 100mm faders (I might be flexible here...maybe) >>>>>>=20 >>>>>> I'm hoping are European comrades are aware of some options we >>> don't normally hear about here in the states. Bonus points if the >>> console matches my Costco desk chair!