Mixer/HD Recorder

Discussion in 'Affordable Recording Forum' started by robbyc23, May 20, 2003.

  1. robbyc23

    robbyc23 Guest

    Howdy Folks,

    I'm in the midst of moving from my bedroom studio based around a Mac G3 powerbook and MOTU 828, etc... to a more "professional" studio premises. I'm looking for a recording solution with a bit more stability than Cubase VST + G3. i.e. A decent digital desk and HD recorder combo.
    I could then use the computer for arranging, virtual instruments and for patching in FX to the desk.

    I've been thinking about a Tascam-TMD4000 desk (which has dropped in price recently) and one (or two) 16-track recorders.

    Has anyone any recommendations or has used a similar setup with success?

    Robby
  2. knightfly

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    Robby, you are aware that the reason the TMD-4000 has dropped in price is that it was superceded about two years ago by the DM-24? That model has already worked its way from V1.00 firmware up to V2.10, which (finally) addressed the (former) lack of ability to assign the 8 subs directly to the stereo outs - If you haven't seen the DM-24 yet, check it out here

    http://www.tascam.com/products/digital_mixers/dm24/index.php

    I know you can get the TMD-4k for probably quite a bit less, but are you willing to deal with dwindling tech support, etc, for the savings?

    Also, most HD recorders now are 24 track - Tascam, Mackie, Fostex, Alesis, and probably a few others all have 24 track models available.

    Be aware that virtually ALL digital mixers (except Yamaha)and HD recorders that offer higher sample rates do so at a cost of half the available tracks - but if you were looking at a TMD-4000, you may not be interested in higher sample rates.

    Just some things to think about... Steve
  3. robbyc23

    robbyc23 Guest

    Yup,
    Sitting in the pub today, I did mull over the fact that there must be disadvantages to such a big lump of technology dropping in price so much.

    Further research has thrown up a nice Mackie 24 track for about 1300Euros, including an analogue 24-track Behringer desk.
    It's true that I have a relatively limited budget and want to get the best for the price, but I also don't want to be left with limited gear. And I do want to record at higher than 16bit/44.1kHz rates.

    I suppose (in my position) I need something that can do a good job for now, but can allow me to upgrade without selling everything.

    In fact, I might just be thinking aloud here....
    I'll dig deeper and get back soon.

    Appreciating the feedback,

    Robby
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