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Live 8 track recording equipment?

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I get the impression several of you think ADAT's will soon be a thing of the past. I have been using mine for live eight track recording projects and it has worked well for me. What would you all recommend as a replacement with a reasonable cost? I need to record up to five hours of music and ADAT tapes make a very cost effective method.

I need the ability to get all eight tracks out of the recorder and into my eight bus studio board so a VS880, Akai, etc won't work. Suggestions?

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GZsound Thu, 06/21/2001 - 21:22
Thanks for the reply guys. The 24 channel hard disk recorders would be useless at this time since I don't have the console to make it work and usually don't record groups that need more than six or seven mics anyway (I record mostly Bluegrass bands). I have thought about the Tascam recorders also, but they are a little spendy. I'm also looking at a Fostex 8 track digital recorder which will give 1500 minutes of uncompressed 44.1 track time. That should be sufficient and it costs under a grand. Thanks for the input.

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archived member Thu, 06/21/2001 - 22:38
I'm setting up a Fostex for a client now. Be forewarned it takes 5 1/2 hours to format a hard disk before you can use it. I've had this thing formatting disks all week now. We are using 40 GB drives though. I don't know how many hours of music you can put on one. The Tascam DA78HR is nice for the price too.

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GZsound Sat, 06/23/2001 - 09:01
Keep me posted about how the Fostex works, it seems to be a good deal for the money. What kind of 40 gig drive are you using? Are you just using a single internal drive or are you hooking up external drives also. I would think a 20 gig drive would give me enough space for my needs. I usually wipe the drive after the project is mixed and mastered anyway since I back up to CD-R. I need to be able to record up to five hours of 8 track uncompressed audio in a single session. Format time is not an issue since I can do it overnight.

Thanks..

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archived member Sun, 06/24/2001 - 10:05
What would you all recommend as a replacement with a reasonable cost? I need to record up to five hours of music and ADAT tapes make a very cost effective method.

When I need something like that, I use a friend's Otari MX-5050 1/2" 8-track, and fill up my portable 8-space rack with mic pres, maybe a limiter or two, and a little Mackie 1202 for monitoring. The tape costs a bit more (I get 1/2" GP9 or 900 for about $40/reel), and it won't do five hours at a time, but it works for me (recording loud rock bands). As a plus, I don't have to worry about digital storage.

But that's just me. If I were you, I would suck it up and get the DA-78, as backing up to CD-R drives me crazy, and you'll be dealing with a higher caliber of machine than the Fostex. You're still dealing with a mechanical transport, but for me, having ready-to-use masters makes up for the difference.

Since I've started dealing with Pro Tools and other non-linear stuff, I've spent countless hours backing up and restoring files, when I could have just loaded up a reel or popped in a video tape. And no, all of the automation,plug-ins lack of rewind time, et al, don't make up for it.

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