Discussion in 'DAW Pro Audio' started by bigtree, Dec 7, 2010.
Anyone have any suggestion, choices? Lynx Aurora vs Apogee?
What interface would you choose as well?
I've also been looking at the Aurora 16, the Crane Song Spider, and am starting to read a little about Apogee Symphony. I totally agree with you, there doesn't seem to be quite as much on the market as you would think and it feels like something new may come along.
I'm going to take my time on this one; I'm contemplating selling my Massive Passive although I dearly love it and going for the Spider, running ADAT into an Apogee Ensemble and then Firewire onto my G5. My alternative is a very big desk running into the Aurora 16 but I'm not then sure how I would process the ADAT. I'd have the Fireface for additional routing but the more I look at it, the more I feel like the Fireface represents such an excellent setup for me, I'm quite unsure where to go from there.
With the arrival of Pro Tools 9, I'm anticipating it will engage more choices for all of us. Something is brewing.
I have the new StudioLive 24.4.2 and all I can say is right on. If I was thinking about buying a new project studio, buying a FF800 , pre's .. screw that! Buy a StudioLive and you are done. This this is a monster in comparison and you don't need near the investment for all the plug-in crap and confusion. Its all in this beast. 3200.00 and you have 24 tracks with better sounding pre's than the FF800, eq's, comps, effects and on and on. Remote or Stationary, done. It even comes with software.
Then, to step it up, which I am so sold on... is the modular hybrid DAW system combining various boutique products as I grow. If I was to look at console, it would have to be serious analog. What are you thinking? This seems to locked in on one direction at a big cost and risk factor of becoming dated.
RME FF800. However I can only get 10 of them into the RME line inputs simultaneously (plus an 11th via a Sansamp bass DI) so I then use the Ramsa desk (very similar to the StudioLive except it probably doesn't sound as good) for another 16 pre's via ADAT to the FF800. So I'll use those for scratch tracks, plus toms if for some bizarre reason I actually need 10 channels in tracking.
So what I want to do is remove the 10-track limitation by augmenting myself up to a minimum of 16, which I could then use the Fireface to take me to 27. And simultaneously raise the standard of my conversion and playback.
So I need A/D/A, and perhaps some analogue summing/mixing capability which might also have more inline EQs or effects.
Possible setups would be:
Analogue mixing, summing, and extra bits: Cranesong Spider, MixDream, or Midas, SSL, Toft, TL or A&H mixing desk.
A/D/A - Apogee AD-16X, or Lynx Aurora 16, are the two names I know.
Theres other stuff around like the Prism Orpheus, Mytek. Or there is the option to totally change approach, for example start recording via a desk to HD24, transfer to the computer for editing, and then transfer back out to the HD24 and analogue sum back from there and burn down via a 2-track converter like the Cranesong HEDD.
Given that this represents a large sideways swipe in our approach we're not sure yet how to go about testing this. Adding piece by piece could end up meaning we miss a trick like the latter option but I think the procedure will probably be to get the Apogee and Lynx and A/B them, then drop the chosen unit in side-by-side with the FF800, get a feel for it all and then try to evaluate the summing and playback side of things.
Lavry Blacks are my high end 2 track AD DA so I am good there. Just need a quality 16 in/out and I'm good to go. I will most likely sell one of my RME FF800 .
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Thanks for sharing Radar, its been a few years since I looked at there system. I think we actually advertised them here in 2001. How much for the converters Link555?
Alesis HD24XRs for multiple ADC and DAC with ADAT I/O. As a bulk converter, they are difficult to beat at the price if you can still find one.
I sometimes run 16 out of the 24 channels of one of my HD24XRs into the ADAT I/O of an FF800 as a very effective ADC expander when there are lots of external pre-amp outputs to deal with, and this route also works particularly well for 8 extra channels at 88.2/96KHz.
Mackie SDR into my Lynx L22 (I have the ADAT fiber option). It gives me 16 more channels at 48kHz.
Manley stranglehold on pricing seems to drop while they push Langevin, so if I can't recoup plus, then it will stay.
Should give me about £10k to work with. Very much leaning towards Spider for 8 A's and Fireface becoming 10 B's. When you phrase it like that its a hell of a jump. 24 RADAR verters can be got for as little as £1200 so its easily evaluatable with no risk now. Some of budget will sensibly go towards better acoustic treatment including a possible move to another area of the building for a larger CR.
Wow, very impressive and well worth watching this. More and more I learn how important excellent power supply means to "Pro Audio".
Link555 , are you seeing this used in Vancouver? How much are they selling for?
SSL XLogic Alpha-Link vs Lynx Aurora 16
According to some GS the SSL XLogic Alpha-Link Solid State Logic | Post & Film is the better choice than the Aurora 16 now. Under $3000 includes the interface and 24 IO.
Looks slightly budget to me though but a great deal.
Spot on there. What else is there? Who was the other ADA you mentioned yesterday John?
Now, that does not mean I am not avidly following your quest because your results (and Jeemy and Rainer and Max and Bob and Dave) could easily affect how I decide to guide my upgrades. My goal is a bulletproof but compact system with redundant capabilities and phenomenal audio quality.
My current system works very very well and I get great results with it, but half of it is aging gear so it is always important to keep up with current technology and theory. Being in Billings is about as bad as being north of Vancouver. At least you aren't up in Ft McMurray. While I build a budget and a game plan I'm sort of fiscally living vicariously through you big guy!
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