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DAW: multitrack w/ foldbacks?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by SonicLogic, Jan 23, 2002.

  1. SonicLogic

    SonicLogic Active Member

    Greeetings! In a nut shell, I'm putting together a DAW (who isn't?) and my question concerns signal flow and system config. I want to be able to track up to 16 tracks live and avail of myself the ability to foldback monitor sends to the studio (ideally 6, 4 min.). I realize I will probably need two A/Ds to get the 16 tracks (or maybe an Apogee A/D 16 and an D/A 16?). Soooo, can I use the analog outs of the converters to drive headphone amps, OR, do I need a 16 ch. mixer to get to the aux sends to drive a headphone amp? How about when I do overdubs? The computer end of things in terms of the guts and software is still being researched (via this awesome site) as well as the peripherals. I would ideally like to be able to track live like we did back in the good 'ol/bad 'ol days of analog. Help! Thanks everyone!

  2. SonicLogic

    SonicLogic Active Member

    Hello!?! Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?
  3. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    Many DAW remotes also include a talkback section, but you can also find stand alone solutions if you are "stuck" with a DAW remote that lacks this feature or if you choose not to use a remote.

    Which DAW's have you narrowed down to?

    p.s. Please people, give your posts a couple days to generate a response. Not all 5000+ members read every forum every day of the week. If your post goes unanswered for a week, by all means bump it up. But bumping after one day in a low-traffic forum seems a tad impatient, IMO.
  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Having a small analog mixer definitely makes life easier when setting up multiple cue mixes. For instance, if you get one of the budget mixers like the Allen & Heath Mix Wizard or the Studiomaster Trilogy (both about $1000 street price) you get six aux sends available on every channel. You can easily set up three independent stereo mixes or 6 mono mixes (or two stereo, two mono, etc.) by submixing the instruments in your DAW out to the mixer (e.g/ stereo drums on outputs 1&2, bass on 3, vocals on 4, etc.), and then everyone easily have their own mix, using the aux sends for volume balance. Of course you need probably at least 8 D/A channels coming out of your DAW, but you would need that no matter how you were setting up multiple cue mixes.

    Note: be careful when buying a six aux mixer. Some (like Mackie 1604) have six aux sends, but only 4 of them can be accessed simultaneously on any given mixer channel. This is a major drawback for this particular scheme.
  5. SonicLogic

    SonicLogic Active Member

    Mucho Gracias guys for the input!

    A) My apologies for appearing impatient. I am new to this forum and its protocols. I will endeavour to be more considerate in the future.
    B) In answer to your query: I was thinking of either SAWstudio, Nuendo, or Sonar, with a pair of Motu 896s (primarily because of the fact that this unit comes with its own pre's and phantom power). Thoughts? Thanks again.


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