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Hardware choice advice

Discussion in 'Recording' started by scotthc, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. scotthc

    scotthc Guest

    Hi,
    I need 16 inputs to my DAW. Please post your opinions.

    Option 1)
    (2) MOTU 896HD out to my CR1604 for headphone monitoring

    Option 2)
    Mackie onyx 1640 with firewire card, replaces CR1604

    Thanks in advance for your comments.

    Scott :D
     
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    You've already answered your question.

    You is smarterer dan me
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     
  3. scotthc

    scotthc Guest

    Meaning option #1? I'm not really that smart as to read your mind :)
     
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Well even though I am a Mark Of The Unicorn 2408 owner and even though the MOTU 896HD is a beautiful unit, basically it is just a core unit. The Mackie 1640 provides the kind of hands-on enhancements of an actual console and so is more of a hybrid oriented system. I haven't heard anything bad about either unit but since they are extremely different in their operation, only you can decide what is most appealing to you.

    Do you think you will ever use this for any kind of live sound application? If so I would choose the 1640, even though the marketing hype of the 896 indicates it too can be used in live applications. So where are all the knobs when you need them?

    So basically your question is sort of like " what kind of underwear do recommend?" I could tell you slinky nylon with a cotton crotch.......but methinks you'de look a little embarrassed with those?

    I really don't think you will hear much difference in the sound quality between those two units as they are both quite highly regarded?

    If I were to personally choose, I would go for the 1640. Maybe it's because I'm a more old-fashioned kind of girl?

    I feel more in control with my hands on the controls
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Well even though I am a Mark Of The Unicorn 2408 owner and even though the MOTU 896HD is a beautiful unit, basically it is just a core unit. The Mackie 1640 provides the kind of hands-on enhancements of an actual console and so is more of a hybrid oriented system. I haven't heard anything bad about either unit but since they are extremely different in their operation, only you can decide what is most appealing to you.

    Do you think you will ever use this for any kind of live sound application? If so I would choose the 1640, even though the marketing hype of the 896 indicates it too can be used in live applications. So where are all the knobs when you need them?

    So basically your question is sort of like " what kind of underwear do recommend?" I could tell you slinky nylon with a cotton crotch.......but methinks you'de look a little embarrassed with those?

    I really don't think you will hear much difference in the sound quality between those two units as they are both quite highly regarded?

    If I were to personally choose, I would go for the 1640. Maybe it's because I'm a more old-fashioned kind of girl?

    I feel more in control with my hands on the controls
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     
  6. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    $ .02

    granted i always go for the slinky.... especially when i dont have to wear them... and i wont have to use either door#1or#2... the thing i would ask you though is what is the difference on the output side??? would that be an issue for you maybe in the future?? just a thought...
     
  7. scotthc

    scotthc Guest

    The difference is that the 1640 only offers 2 outputs as LR returns from the DAW. I did think that could be an issue in the future and that is one of the factors in the decision. I had also heard that the A/D to D/A was a little better on the MOTU. Anyhow thanks again for the responses. I am having a hard time staying away from the 1640 with firewire option.
     
  8. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    that's all the rationale i've ever needed.... enjoy brother...
     

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