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i have a trident vfm 16 track mixer

Discussion in 'Recording' started by kodyshred, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. kodyshred

    kodyshred Guest

    and i have no idea what to do with it.
    i have 0 recording experience, my buddies just gave me this mixer.
    should i sell it and buy a smaller one to start out with? should i keep it and get the $*^t to record with?
    im just asking because i dont even know where to start to record with this thing
  2. TheBear

    TheBear Guest

    ill take it off ur hands! :D
  3. you should sell it to me for $50. and you can have my mackie 12 channel mixer.
  4. kodyshred

    kodyshred Guest

    i was lookin around on the internet today and i only found it at one site and they reduced the price to 3000 for the same mixer i have, so nah you can keep the 50 bucks
  5. natural

    natural Active Member

    So your "Buddies" just GAVE you a $3K mixer?
    You might want to ck the local paper in the section regarding police activity.
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    $3000 for that?! $800 okay. Maybe $1000 if it's in impeccable condition. Does it have any mods done to it? It's a 16 channel mixer. A nice 16 channel mixer but it's not that nice.
  7. kodyshred

    kodyshred Guest

    i guess my friend bought it at a flea market, and tried to pawn it, but they wouldnt take it so they just gave it to me
  8. AaronP

    AaronP Active Member

    Oh yea he, he bought it at a flea market where there would be no record of a transaction and a difficult time locating and confirming with the seller, and the pawn shop turned him down because it's perfectly common for a pawn shop to turn down someone trying to quickly get rid of a large, expensive electronic product that he really has no clue about. That sounds like your friend isn't lying to you.

    Smells like fish.
  9. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Hey guys!
    Does this mixer have an external power supply that's about half the size of a shoebox? Is the board kinda small- about the size of a typical 16-channel PA mixer? When you cough or scream into a mic does the power supply pop it's circuit breaker? MINE DID!!!
    Back in the mid- to later-80s, Trident came out with a mixer to compete with the Tascam stuff. This is pre-Mackie to you youngsters. It was supposed to be for home recording rigs with multi-track Otari's and Saturns at the time. It was a DOG!! No $*^t, it was a horrible board with no headroom, it constantly popped the p/s when you peaked it out. I hated the bitch. Apparently so did everyone else. It was the cause of Trident's demise. Buyer beware.
  10. kodyshred

    kodyshred Guest

    no its huge, i have trouble picking it up on my own.
    but i think im done with this forum. i guess i was kind of a retard to come onto a forum, ask a question, and expect a serious answer
  11. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    WTF did you expect?

    "Dude, I got this free mixer, and I dont know anything, whattamIgonna do?"

    AND its sounds really fishy, this story we're hearing about how you OR your buddies got it.

    If I knew where you were I'd call the Police and see if someones missing a mixer.

    THATS why you didnt get a straight answer.
  12. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Take a look at this Kshred: {old-link-removed}

    This collection of people can walk you down the road to audio e.t.c.

    But you gotta feed them. I have seen these talented people from diverse geography eat lunch with folks in the quest for an audio solution: {old-link-removed}

    I have seen them collectively collapse one dudes gray matter with enough information, hell, more then any one book could give to a reader.

    It's there, your answer. It's there, but you have to ask it. You ask yourself what it is >you< want to do. Then ask that question. Sit back and if they feel so inclined , all your worries can go away faster then you can say "honestly, I was just holding it!"
  13. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    I think this is the console in question.


    It's not "huge". It's about the size you would expect for a "standard" 16 channel mixer. Popular because of it's modular design, easy to work on. Kind of like an old car. Lot's of space. It's a nice board but for their age, you'll spend at least it's value in recapping and fixing the power supply as has been pointed out. Anyway, not worth $3000 unless it has never left it's box. They retailed for about 3g's brand new. That was 30 years ago.
  14. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the kind words, space!
  15. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Ya'll deserve a raise boss....
  16. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    If he could pick the thing up by himself and not get a hernia it's the same one I had. Any other Trident would have taken a crew and a truck to move. Sorry you didn't like the answers.
    Addendum: I just took a look at the pix hueseph posted. That's the culprit.
  17. the_scort

    the_scort Guest

    kodyshred is kind of right to be a little put off. While I don't disagree with what anyone of you is saying, all of you said it very tactlessly. "You don't look ugly today.... er I mean, you look good today..."

    In anycase kodyshred, you should heed these people words. If you were given a mixer FOR FREE and a pawn shop wouldn't take it, thats suspicious as hell.

    I don't think anyone here means to put YOU down, but theft of this kind of gear is REALLY common, and you need to watch out.

    Not having any experience with the Trident, I couldn't give a tonne of advice, however I think you probably, at the very least have a decent set of pre's (better than behringer at least!!) that you got for free. I wouldn't recommend going smaller, because you'll just end up going bigger later. I'd recommend just getting a multichannel sound card (w/o pre's on it) and feed its analog inputs with the Direct outs from the trident. That way, you can bypass any lack of headroom or poor summing on the master bus (although you still have to deal with the channels). In any case, it was free, as long as you feel comfortable owning it (as in, it isn't hot), milk it for what its worth (which is more than you paid!!).

    Good luck and welcome! While I don't post a lot, I read this board a lot and there are some particularly wise people who post on this board, and I really advise sticking around!
  18. kodyshred

    kodyshred Guest

    hey thanks you guys. i seriously expected the usual forum bs. but then i realized im not talking to a bunch of little kids. im not saying im not a little kid, but anyways. thank you guys for the advice. i just thought, huh, free mixer...i need to do something with it.
  19. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Damn, that was supposed to be X.t.c not e.t.c.

    No wonder ever time I looked at it my mind was saying XTC but there was a reverb tail saying, etc, etc, etc.

    I really should slow down...
  20. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    XTC, the drug?

    XTC, the band (Dear God, Mayor Of Simpleton, etc.)?

    XTC, the feeling (Oh yes, oh god, ooooh yeah!)?

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