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RME 800 vs RME 400

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Dan Theman, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Dan Theman

    Dan Theman Active Member

    Is there anyother major difference besides the amount of inputs?

    I was looking into the 800 because well it is talking about all over here, several people pointed me in its direction and it is one of the top audio interfaces out there.

    Now they have a 400. which is cheaper but seems just as worthy.

    i do what to beable to record drums, but i could not do that without at least 8 channels. Which both the 800 and the 400 cannot to without a preamp pluged in. soooooo my point is would it be worth it to go for the 400 and buy a preamp for drums over the 800?
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    The internal routing and conversion is the same in each unit. From an analog perspective you lose two mic preamps, two line inputs; and lose two balanced outputs. From the digital side you lose a Toslink (8 channel ADAT) input. Also, two of the line inputs on the 400 are combo inputs which by definition is not necessarily bad. You can mic a kit with a stereo pair if you need to but four would be more common and you would of course lack preamps for that. The Fireface preamps are quite usable by the way.
  3. Dan Theman

    Dan Theman Active Member

    So if i hook up the ADAT with an 8 mic unit would I have 10 usuable mics to record drums with the 400?
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Correct. Something on the lower end of things would be the Presonus Digimax D8 or a used Mackie Onyx 800R. On the entry pro level is the Octamic D. On the high end you have the Micstacy, various offerings from Millennia, Grace etc.
  5. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Ok i haven't used either one, so sound quality judgement is out. Connectivity wise, i'd go 800. i love the sound of two 81's in a coincedent pair over a kit. Some projects they're perfect alone, others, it's the 'salt and pepper' to the drums.
    at the studio we usually have 14 drum channels, 2overhead,2room,kick in/out, snare top/bottom, top each tom, hi hat, ride. There's usually a guitar, bass, vocal, going scratch at the same time.
    I know it costs $, but if i were going to invest personally, i'd get 800 in this case, if you never use all of the channels, you still can, if you want more than the 400 has, you need to buy a whole new device.
    Depends on your current/future needs, and your wiring/patch scheme.
  6. Dan Theman

    Dan Theman Active Member

    Wel thanks for all the advise guys, I am gonna go for the 800 it just makes more sense. If im gonna layout that much might as well wait a week or so and get the 800.

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