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MOTU 2408 MK3 OR 24I/O ???

Discussion in 'Recording' started by MIXMAN3113, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. MIXMAN3113

    MIXMAN3113 Guest

    just curious what would be better to buy?, i'm gonna be doing live audio recording with my apple g5 and im gonna need at least 24 channels to start, eventually going to 48 channels , also i'll need to sync audio to live video shoots. just curious if anyone could give me any insight on which unit is better for that app, i know the 2804 is a little cheaper, and seems to have more features. could anyone help??? thanks
     
  2. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    The 2408 has more features, like all the digital I/O, and monitoring controls. The 24I/O is exactly that, 24 ins, 24 outs. No more, no less. If you don't need monitor controlling from the hardware, or digital I/O then the 24i/o seems like it would be the place to start, and add a 2408 later if you need it.
     
  3. MIXMAN3113

    MIXMAN3113 Guest

    yea thats what i figured , ill need the digital i/o using the optical ins for mic pres , i was just wondering if the 2408 mk3 lacked any stabilitly that the 24i/o had , im looking to record 24 channels for live shows so its gonna need to be recording into digital performer sometimes for 2 hours straight , into 1 audio file ..just curious if that would be a problem at all.
     
  4. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    They both run off the same PCI card, and I've never heard any problems with stability. I don't think either interface would have any trouble recording for 2 hours straight, I'd be more worried about other components in the computer, and even then if you have a good chunk of RAM and enough HD space, it shouldn't be a problem.
     
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    I used to have a 24i in my old studio and it was great for recording bands as all the inputs were analog, just add preamps. I also had a 2408 mkii and that only had 8 analog inputs, the rest were digital. I guess it would depend on what kind of outboard gear you have or want to buy. For straight analog inputs its hard to beat the 24i (i0 is the newer one)- I never had any trouble running the 32 inputs from the 24i plus the 8 from the 2408mkii- even when I only had a mac 400 mghz (back in 2000) Just stay of the plugs when you record. later on (2002 or so) I got a dual 867 and that thing would handle 32 simultaneous tracks without a hiccup (just stay off the plugs) I no longer have that studio or the 24i but I would think the faster computers would handle that many tracks without nart skipping a beat.
     
  6. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    by the way, you can run up to three interfaces off your pci card so you could have 3 24io's for 72 inputs! i don't know how hat would do but i think my dual G5 can handle that no problem- just stay off the plugs
     
  7. maximumdf

    maximumdf Guest

    four units, if I remeber correctly.

    Your better off without the builtin A/D, the ones in quality preamps will be better.
     
  8. MIXMAN3113

    MIXMAN3113 Guest

    thanks maintiger, yea im going for digital inputs , the adat ins, id be using 16 tracks with behringer pres, and some other digital pre for the last 8, mainly for vocals, so im not too concerned with the analog ins , i'd prob not even use them , but thanks for the reply , by the way i have a dual 2.0 powermac g5 with 2 gigs of ram , i'll prob be upping the ram when i get a interface, but thanks again.
     
  9. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    ouch. Get some of the new Mackie 8 packs. They've got ADAT too.
     
  10. MIXMAN3113

    MIXMAN3113 Guest

    yea im not looking to spend a grand for 8 preamp channels, if i was gonna do that id get focusrite or presonus. id rather spend less for instruments and more for vocals , besides this is gonna be for live recording for large concerts , well 1500 to 2500 seat rooms, rather large pa's , so theres gonna be a ton of ambient noise floating around anyway , plus i already have behringer ada8000 and its not bad sounding , not the best either but not bad for $200 for 8 channels.
     
  11. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    I have the same, a 2.0 G5 with 2.5 GB ram- that amount of ram seems to be sufficient so far. I am sure they will upgrade the daws to take advantage of more ram but for now it does not seem to make much difference. When it does, I'll upgrade to the full 8GB! :D by the way, omi technologies on ebay has 2 GB G5 ram for $189 and its good ram- I've already bought from the a couple of times with no issues
    8) 8)
     
  12. MIXMAN3113

    MIXMAN3113 Guest

    thanks again maintiger , yea thats a pretty good deal on ram , good deals are hard to find these days. just curious, what daw are you using now?? you said you used to have a 24i and a 2408 , so did you upgrade to pro tools hd or something , just wondering what your using now if your not using the motu gear?
     
  13. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    here is the link to the ram:
    http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZomnitechnologiesQ2ebizQ21QQssPageNameZFAVQ3aFQ3aSLLR

    the 24i and the 2408 mkii I used to have in a studio I sold. Then I built a home studio and I am using a 828 mkii with digital performer. I also have a 2ch rosetta that I use for clock and for tracking vocals and lead instruments. It goes into the 828mkii via spdif
     
  14. MIXMAN3113

    MIXMAN3113 Guest

    thanks again maintiger , yea thats a pretty good deal on ram , good deals are hard to find these days. just curious, what daw are you using now?? you said you used to have a 24i and a 2408 , so did you upgrade to pro tools hd or something , just wondering what your using now if your not using the motu gear?
     
  15. MIXMAN3113

    MIXMAN3113 Guest

    oops sorry about that last post , i dunno what happened.
     

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