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Quality of convertors on Mackie d8b mixer

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by 3dchris, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    Could anyone tell me what is the sound quality of the converters on mackie d8b console? I could get one cheap but it's not about the money.. I don't wanna get something with converters sounding much worse than a decent ouboard converter. I would buy RME 5692 card with 3 adat interfaces and use d8b as a mixer/converter going to either nuendo 2 or cubase sx3.
    Any input is very appreciated.


  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    You won't do bad to pick one of these up if you can get a deal on it.

    The d8b plus the RME should be a GREAT combo. Bear in mind, it won't be "The BEST," but you can certainly get a good enough sound with that combo to put out some hits.

    As for the converters specifically, they're fine. They're not Myteks or even Lucids, but they are nothing to sneeze at either.

    Buy, enjoy and feel secure in the knowledge that you have a pretty darned good board.

    CAVEAT - be sure you get a deal. While these things were pretty expensive new, they were overpriced considering they're features/etc. Make sure the price is reasonable to down-right cheap. Otherwise, you are in fact better off getting an RME or LYNX outboard converter. (On a side note - the Lynx Aurora is a BADASS converter. For $2K I can't think of a better deal. Just be sure to factor around $400 or more in for the cost of cables.)

  3. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    I used the d8b/RME combo for several years....ended up ditching it in favor of fewer input channels but better conversion....the sounds I got (IMO) from that combo were decent, but nothing really wrong but nothing really noteworthy either....

    The last year I had the system I pretty much used the d8b as a cue mixer/converter box, mixed mostly in Samplitude, and monitored via the SPDIF, until I found that the Mackie's SPDIF was limited to 20 bits....

    Is it a good deal? If you find a working one with the latest software (5.1), all the cards (especially the Apogee clock card) and things, and the unit doesn't have a history of rail capacitor failures, then it should be OK....

    They quite making them some time ago, though, and I would be leery of parts/service availablity within the next few years....

    Just one opinion...
  4. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    Txh a lot guys.
    The board has apogee word clock card, 3 adat optical cards and one mfx card. It looks ok.. I'm just a bit affraid that it's converters are not on par with the new ones on the market now and I don't want to compromise on sound quality. On the other hand I know that many hit records were done on it and if they sounded great 2-3 years ago then I should be able to get good sound as well. Is it true that in order to use the vocal studio plugin I have to get a second mfx card? Any ideas where i can get one fairly cheap if that's the case?


  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Here's the best advice I can afford to give you - and I mean this from the bottom of my heart.

    1. Great records have been made on gear which many here would turn up their noses at. IOW, if it gets the job done and you can make it work, you'll do fine.

    2. If you're unsure about it (quality/price/reputation) - don't buy it. You have exactly one person to please - You. That doubt you're expressing now will be worse AFTER you own it and will only serve to make you question your purchase and later take a "hit" when selling it.

    I hope this helps.

  6. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    Thank You very much for the advice. It's not really that I have too many doubts. It's more about knowledge. Yesterday I actually listnened to this board and it sounds really good to my ears. I don't think that for 2k I would go wrong even if it ends up in my bedroom in 1-2 years when I upgrade. In other words I decided to go for it and I'm getting it today.

    Thank You all for all advices !

  7. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Cool! I'm glad your happy with the sound and b/c of that, you should be pleased with your purchase for a long time to come.

    Enjoy it and remember - there is no way to seek retribution on me if I was wrong... :p

    J. :D
  8. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

  9. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    hehehe... I'm an adult and I'm responsible for my own decisions so you don't have to sleep like a rabbit... hehehe :lol:


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