[ardour-users] 16-24 track simultaneous recording - HW recommendations?
Michael T D Nelson
m_nels at gmx.net
Mon Jan 2 12:04:52 PST 2006
Justin M. Streiner wrote:
> That said, I need to be able to support recording a minimum of 16 tracks
> simultaneously (24 preferred, or have the ability to expand to 24 later)
> at 48 or 96 kHz. The primary use for this would be to record live shows.
> It looks like hardware either from RME would provide good base for this.
> M-Audio also makes some nice hardware, but since the inputs and outputs
> are often combined into the same breakout box/cable, I'd end up paying for
> a lot of functionality that I wouldn't need in the foreseeable future,
> i.e. the outputs.
It depends how much money you can spend. The route I am taking (slowly)
is as follows:
1. Buy a cheap second-hand RME DIGI9636/52 off eBay. I got my 9636 for
about £75 (Sterling). I did have to buy a replacement EPROM for it
though (cost £18). Maybe I'll try to track down a cheap expansion card
I'm actually looking for another DIGI9636. If I can ever find one for
the same price as the last one, then I'll stick it into another machine,
and keep it as a spare.
2. Buy some Behringer ADA8000. I got my first one for £140 quite
recently from thomann.de.
Each has 8 analogue inputs & 8 analogue outputs, and is connected to the
DIGI9636/52 with optical ADAT cables.
3. Spend the rest of your money on monitors, microphones and cables!
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