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Simple, inexpensive 8 track recorder

Discussion in 'Recording' started by gimbeljeremy, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. gimbeljeremy

    gimbeljeremy Guest

    I'm using GarageBand with an Alesis Firewire Mixer for my inputs, but I need to record more than 8 tracks at a time. Can anyone recommend a simple, 8 track simultaneous recorder for 8 XLR ins? I don't even need it to mix, as I'm eventually going to just lay the tracks off to GarageBand.
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    What do you mean by "more than 8 tracks at a time?" Do you mean that you need to deal with more than 8 live sources in one session, or simply that you will end up with more than 8 tracks on the record after all the tracking is done and before mixdown?

    I think I would use an Alesis HD24 in both cases. Otherwise, it's daisy-chained multi-channel FireWire interfaces and different software. For only 8 channels at the low end of the price range, you could couple a Fostex VR800 with a Behringer ADA8000, but I'm assuming you want something better than that.
  3. gimbeljeremy

    gimbeljeremy Guest

    Yes, I will need more than 8 live sources recorded at once. I'm teching concerts this summer and some will need around 16 tracks of live sources.
  4. xX5thQuarterXx

    xX5thQuarterXx Active Member

    idk what kind of budget you are on but the firepod is going for around 500 with cubecase le on the guitarcenter website
  5. Jeremy

    Jeremy Active Member

    Alesis is glorified behringer as far as Im concerned......It stinks. Go buy a mackie onyx 1640, and be done with it.
  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    My recommendation is to go with the HD24 - it's a professional-quality unit. You would need multichannel mic pre-amps to taste. You could choose either line output units or ones with built-in AD converters with ADAT lightpipe outputs. If you use line outs, you would get better digital quality through choosing the HD24XR model. You would also need the FireWire drive caddy adaptor.

    So your recording rig would be two 8-channel mic pre-amps and an HD24. When you get back to base, you transfer the HD24 recordings to your computer via FireWire and then mix down. It's a tried and tested process.

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