hey all! Im putting watever I have that is money or worth it. For better or worse. Born sort of necessity and a hunch that I might have a real shot, my gear purchases will be on the standard-high level commercial level, leaving boutique for my dreams luck and maybe DIY. This gear should hold about 65% of its value for at least 5 years. Depending of the buisness structure and depreciation method used for the papers that'll work itself out to a number I can prove. But by quick guess is based on the trends I've noticed from gear mags over the years, particularly the highest priced stuff. I prefer gear that appreciates in value, like nice guitars, amps, and my trusty 414, but like my dad said if you can't hang with the big dogs, don't leave the porch. So with gear this level, you get quiet a bit of versatile connectivity with its digital interfaces and connection options. The price is eventual obsoletesence, or perhaps adoring novelty status. I'm not shooting for Sony, just yet, but I should be able to handle a national blues acts mix stems from the local zeteoroin theater. I think I am ready to test my capabilities with the best out there. the ability to be mobile, industry quality, and high data thru put, is going to propel my multimedia company vision. My base requirements are top notch conversion, simplicity, and modular. Modular reasoning is to allow each function I need has its own device that does that specifically well. As the gear wears on and becomes obsolete, I can replace sections at a time. Even if the whole thing was replaced at once, modular units and all in one's at the top level seem to cost about the same ballpark. The systems technical goals: Wireless/remote controllable Top conversion Simple universal connection to various standard equipment (live, studio, broadcast/video) Dsp based processing 5.1/7.1 Ability to track (stereo minimum) Extremely flexible, but simple routing (trying to avoid analog patch bay of possible) No wasted space, power No limits on the system as its works as a whole (no Le versions, ect.) Limit manufacture, OS, incompatibilities, by using conventional and tested components. Purpose: To handle digital audio IO for a complete multimedia studio, with wireless data transfer, and remote computer/equipment control. Semi portable, remote controllable audio IO nerve center for journeyman sound professional. Ability to track basic ideas with solo artists/songwriters and provide inspiring headphone mixes. First class DA and monitoring for both 5.1 mixing compatibility, and for editing suite purposes. The system as a whole will be like this. Mic->Pre/channel-strip->AD->CPU/DSP->DA-> For anything requiring sample rate conversion, it will hit (OB Optional)-> AD-> samplitube for 2/5.1mixdown/mastering. I'm going to list the gear with a brief comment of purpose or reason. Any thoughts are welcome and this is just merely a conversation starter, as there are many many options out there. I want redundancy only where I want it, otherwise is money not maximized, which is what I need at this point. Multirack/Mix CPU- Mac mini or TB2 compatible Mac pro tower Mixdown/Network CPU- custom PC (i7or i5) Burl Mothership (1 4ch BAD, 1 8ch BDA) module to start. Cramesong Avocet 2- still thinking hard but with the built in DA it seems like a bit of a hike in sound quality vs the dangerous st. That said, as soon as you talk 5.1 (which is a reasonable selling point for me) the avocet doubles in price... Something to strongly consider. But the digital IO in the base unit if the Cranseong is huge. - incorperating the DA from the Burl and the monitor controller are crucial to this setup. This allows quite a few possibilities with the mixdown. hopfeully @audiokid chris can guide me with this end of the setup, because I think it's the most critical area of his setup, and I think he and boz have mastered that area of the whole process. That leaves PT, PTHD as base multitrack DAW And interestingly the UAD satellite quad is being included with the purchase of a UA 6176 wich I'm sure is decent, but with the card its key to this system, so I'm weiging the options. It's that or for 1k just the card, and 3 plugins. One of the plugins is the 610, or maybe it's free, but I figure the real thing, plus a 1176 type thing night be better spent long term than a couple bonus plug-insfor my UAD card, at least initially. I really hate combo units that compromise design like the 6176, but it's probably going to make a decent bass dI and eventually I'll get the retro sta level or 176, which I realy.l want the 176. I wish neve was giving away a satalite instead... That's the storm in this crazy brain for now. I'm going to define the whole package as I'm putting together the buisness plan and then see where it takes me. If things line up some projects will finish and I'll have some time off to restructure my personal setup wich has been on hold the past couple years. Focusrite RED Net would handle any other sort of intefacing that couldn't connect via Ethernet or thunderbolt. The selection of that line is great, and it's solid quality. The vk guy said something about them using it on the super bowl. Either way network based audio has to be my focus. I have access to an amazing room with really good gear, and some great amps, ect, so that is where I will continue to record primarily for the foreseeable future. This setup is broadcast and multimedia focused so high level audio is required, so is versatility. With a growing podcast scene and my proximity to US Capitol cities, the possibilities are growing with each connection that comes together.