[ardour-users] 16-24 track simultaneous recording - HW recommendations?

D R Holsbeck drh at niptron.com
Mon Jan 2 16:55:26 PST 2006

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On Mon, 2006-01-02 at 02:25 -0500, Justin M. Streiner wrote:
> I'm looking to make the move from purpose-built DAWs (Korg, Tascam, etc) 
> to a computer-based solution to provide more mixing/mastering flexibility 
> and a more sane interface to the machine-level guts when it comes to file 
> manipulation, import/export/etc.
> 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.  The fact that the Delta 1010 has a rackmountable 
> breakout box is nice though.
> Since the primary purpose would be to record live shows, I need to be able 
> to handle the appropriate inputs, typically an n x 3-pin XLR-m split from 
> the stage snake or a parallel split from FOH in a similar configuration. 
> RME makes a breakout cable that includes a mix of XLR-f and XLR-m 
> connectors, but in this case, I would need all 3-pin XLR-f inputs.
> I'd like to keep the number of converter cables between the computer and 
> my XLR input points bays to a minimum.
> If you've built something similar, what hardware did you use to handle the 
> audio interfaces?
> Also, if I'm approaching this from the wrong angle, feel free to let me 
> know that too :-)
> Thanks
> jms
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