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Upgrading from Zoom Multitrack

I have been using a Zoom MRS802CD for the past 2 years and have outgrown the basic functions and would like something with a bit more creative control - decent EQ and enough inputs for a choir.

I have had a Roland VS840 and a Yamaha MD4 before, so haven't spent any time with a computer based system (cubase, midi etc)

Ideally I would want to stay with a standalone unit with a big dedicated mixer and a seperate digital recorder. I can then buy some rack effects and so on. Is this feasable.

Possibly thinking of something like a Behringer Eurodesk MX9000 combined with a Alesis ADAT HD24 - would that work?

I already have Mics (RØDE NT1, Shure Sm58's) and monitors (Yam NS10's).

Would this be a good soloution for my needs, as I want to avoid going the computer route unless I have absoloutely have to. Also, is there an alternative digital recorder (possibly cheaper) than the Alesis ADAT HD24 that would suit.

Any help greatly appreciated...


RemyRAD Wed, 11/15/2006 - 02:02
halfcircle you have basically answered your own question. Get the HD 24 but know, with that, you'll have 3 basic options.

Your first logical option. Use it as you would an analog tape recorder with your console. That's it.

The second option would be to use it in a hybrid sense. Meaning that you would use your console as the front end for recording to the machine. Then after you have completed your recording and overdubs, you remove the disk drive from the machine and utilize the dedicated FireWire adapter to transfer that disk drive into your computer "storage" disk drive (dedicated drive is not part of the operating system drive). You can then mix within the computer or ITB (in the box).

The third option would be similar to the second option and the first option in that once finished tracking and overdubs, transferring the disk drive into the computer, performing important editing, pitch correction and other types of DSP processing which cannot be done in the analog realm. When finished doing that, you can then retransfer from the computer disk drive, back to the external FireWire adapter and HD 24 Disk Drive. You put the disk drive back into the HD 24 and complete the project in the analog domain back through the console along with your other outboard processing. The above third option has been widely used by the big timers in a similar way.

With all of the above, you are going to need numerous patch bays, lots of wiring and careful attention to grounding. You are talking about a huge and complicated, involved control room design and integration. Not generally intended for the faint of heart or beginner's. But if you can accomplish that, you will become a fabulous engineer.

Another fabulous engineer
Ms. Remy Ann David