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Recording Interface Advice

Discussion in 'Recording' started by tripnek, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

    Background:
    I wanted to update to Cubase 7 which requires Win 7. So I figure if I'm updating to Win 7 I might as well go 64 Bit to take advantage of the additional RAM. I have M-Audio Delta 1010 converters (I have three of them in the Studio, but have rarely ever used more than two at a time). So check the M-Audio website and bingo they have 64 bit drivers. So I buy all the software, create a new partition on my PC and load it all up. I'm playing around and making a few tweaks and everything seems to be working great. My brother comes over and we proceed to test it out recording his drum kit. Everything in the first 8 channels is working great but all channels in the second Delta 1010 sound like an angry robot. So I go through all the normal trouble shooting steps and find nothing wrong. So I start scouring the internet and find that this is a known issue that M-Audio is refusing to fix (Head nearly explodes at this point) not to mention that they are still selling this unit and make no mention of this issue on their website. So if I'm going 64 bit, I'll need new converters and at this point will NEVER buy another M-Audio product. So I figure I might as well try to bump up the quality of the converters if I'm buying new. So I'm looking at Lynx, Apogee, etc.. and choking on the price. So here are a few I'm looking at:

    Steinberg MR816

    TC Electronic Studio Konnekt 48

    Please give me any info or experience you may have with these units and/or any other units that may fit my needs.

    Needs:
    I need at least 16 channels of good quality converters with or without mic pre's. Firewire or USB doesn't matter to me just as long as I can stack units up to at least 16 channel (would be nice if expandable to more than 16 for the future).

    I have read several forum posts elsewhere that claim the MR816 converters are as good or nearly as good as the Apogee high end gear, but I also found out that when you stack more than one unit, you can only use direct monitoring on the first unit. Steinberg says this cannot be fixed. I don't need that many channels of direct monitoring right now because I'm using a recording console for most channels, but it would be nice to have it if I ever change my setup. The MR816 also has some nice DSP that integrates well with Cubase. Steinberg says you can stack three units for a total of 24 channels.

    Haven't found much on the quality of the Studio Konnekt 48, but I know TC Electronic puts out some good gear and I'm sure the onboard DSP is good stuff. Each unit is 12 channel, but the output config is a bit sketchy. From what I can see only 8 channels on each unit have direct out capability for direct monitoring. Only two units can be stacked.
     
  2. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    This MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid | Sweetwater.com has a similar feature set and is a couple hundred cheaper. I've used one few times it sounds good and works well. I like them.
     
  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    The Studio connect has 4 preamp and 12 line inputs/outputs, and the MR816 has 8 preamps and 8 outputs. To get 16 ch with the MR816, you'll need to buy 2 !
     
  4. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

    Anyone have any direct comparisons with MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid and the MR816 or SK48?


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  5. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    I haven't compared them, but I think it's safe to say that your more likely to the MOTU In professional situations than the others. While MOTU wouldn't be considered super high end, it's absolutely accepted as pro quality gear. I use MOTU stuff at the studio (which I don't own) and I have never ever had a problem as far as reliability, or functionality. If I didn't have the budget for apogee or RME, UA, or prism, that's what I'd go w.
     
  6. hexloops

    hexloops Active Member

    I use Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, is a great audio interface and is fit perfectly into any home or professional studio, beast deal for his price
     
  7. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    The 2i is only 2 in, 2 out, The OP was looking for 16.
     

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