[ardour-dev] Where to go digital

R Parker rtp405 at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 6 10:26:50 PST 2006

--- philicorda <philicorda at ntlworld.com> wrote:

> On Mon, 2006-03-06 at 12:53 +0000, Iain Kennedy
> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > We use ardour for a mobile internet radio station
> and are gradually 

> I used to try and get a hot signal into the a/ds all
> the time, and use
> analog compressors/limiters for protection.

Never bothered. Not because I had a clue but probably
because I didn't have a clue. And thank goodness for

 After a
> while I found
> leaving more headroom does not add significant noise
> when it comes to
> mixdown.

That is my experience and has been for years.

I have a Solo Soundtracs that cost us $10,000.00 U.S.
new. I love the sound of this consol and it's EQs. I
can't imagine anyone would get more than $800.00 U.S.
for a used one. There are plenty of good sounding
analog consols on the sales block. Maybe the only
caveat is that these old girls need some loving care.
Not a big deal.

I insert the Soundtracs into the inserts of a Tascam
DM-24 that replaced a Mackie 8bus. The DM-24 has
comparible functionality to the 8bus and that at a
fifth the cost. I don't know what ADC/DACs are in the
DM-24. They aren't Apogee and maybe not even the TI
owned Burr/Brown. They are good enough for every job
that falls under $25,000.00 U.S.

Unless a band is a repeat customer, everyone of them
says, "Ron, we have never sounded this good." I know
what I'm doing and one of my better insites is knowing
that good sounding affordable gear is available.
Another is that I'm too naive to worry about the noise
floor; not really but it serves the purpose.


> What's your desk like? If it has ok pres then you
> could take 16 or so
> direct outs from the channel inserts to the a/d
> converters, and get
> cheaper converters than the RME (ones without mic
> pres). Then the desk
> is just for monitoring.  You could also still use
> the limiters in-line
> between the desk and the converters if you are
> worried about clipping. 
> You don't really need subgroups for setting up
> monitor mixes, if your
> desk is just for monitoring and has a few aux sends
> then these work
> fine. (aux busses are essentially subgroups anyway.)
> > 
> > We've done a reasonable amount of investigation up
> to this point, but it's 
> > fairly crucial that we make the right decision, so
> any help you have to 
> > offer would be greatly appreciated.
> > 
> > Regards,
> > 
> > Iain
> > 
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