You still using the 001? Ok, then get the REM ADI-8 Pro. Serious bang for the buck! DA is important to have if you ever want to use outboard processing. You can also monitor your mixes through the DA too instead of the 001, which makes a big difference.
Even the alesis AI 3 is supposedly a tiny bit better then the converters on the 001. If you're not in the market for anything really high dollar maybe you should get the Alesis with a lucid clock (which will improve your whole set up) and later when you have more money get the lucid 8 channel and not take a huge loss since you only spent 400 on the alesis. Plus then you'd still have an awesome master clock which with the lucid its supposed to rock. I was looking into the rme stuff awhile ago before i decided on the spider and heard from a lot of people its not too much better then the motu converters.
Maybe Planet Red can help me with a question I asked on another thread? I am thinking of the Spider as a front end for an 888/24. The question is, does one have the option of using the Spider converters without going through the mic preamps (e.g. a line input alternative) in case I want to use the converters with different mic pres? I know the CraneSong pre's rock, but I might want to take advantage of the Spider converters with different coloration preamp (no sense throwing out my whole collection), or use them while inputting a line level signal into ProTools.
I made a mistake, I was looking at the wrong model of the Lucid 8824, the ADAT version is aroun $2100. The Spider might be awsome, BUT, again, far away from my reach. Isn't it around $6k? Yes bassmac, I still have the 001, unfortunatelly, but one day I'll get there ! I was looking around and I found the HHB nanosync (or something like this), and it has WC outs and SPDIF outs as well... so, it might owrk perfect with the 001 and a converter with WC in right?
I would like to add the following:
- Panasonic WZ AD96 (I don't know the price)
- db Technology M AD824 (Don't know the price either) - This one looks cool, because you can build your conversor 2 channels at a time.
Originally posted by Tim_L: Mytek 8x96, supposed to be very good... big dollars though!
The Mytek 8x96 ADC is far better than the Apogee 'Special Edition' IMO (and the Mytek is also 96K, the AD8000 is not) for 40% of the price of the Apologee SE Model, and it also comes standard with AES. $350 a channel really isn't much when it comes to world class quality. Really great people behind the scenes too.
...Now i feel massively inferior....my up- grade on my system was to include an 001 factory (cheap plugin package)and some pres to offset my soundcrafts pres....i know there are better ad/da converters out there than the digi's...but $9K???thats two avalons and a couple of good used mics...i gotta go get a scotch and think this all through again...of course unlike a lot of you i'm only doing my stuff and my bands...no clients...any suggestions? (the upgrade also includes a fine amd/athalon drive 'puter in a stripped down os config. as a stand alone unit)...BTW. i am a tape head...thus the analog stuff... :roll:
You definitely don't need a $1125 per channel digital conversion system to make great music, or even have great sound. The most important part of the path is going to be the room and players (and instrument or amp quality of the players) and then the mics and preamps. A/D is very important, but if you have weak links in the front end stay with your 001 A/D and get some nice mics and preamps that you know in your gut are going to deliver truly great sound. You will find yourself fighting less to get good mixes because the better it is going into the multitrack the easier it is come time to put it all together. My point above was that you can be closer (IMO) to something on the level of a Prism for 33% of the cost, as opposed to not as close for 75% of the cost (Apologee SE). YOMV.