Integrating a analog mixer with a m-audio projectmix I/O
I have a projectmix I/O (M-audio) that I am using with Cubase. The unit works well as a DAW controller, and has also been OK as a input device for mic's and line level signals.
However, the 8 channels of input isn't nearly enough for some of the projects that I am into, and I basically need 24-36 concurrent inputs. Now, since I was given the projectmix unit, I don't want to spend money on a more expanded interface. So, here is my idea....
I was thinking of using a large format analog board with 8 buses as a mixing center (I need channel inserts, multiple effects buses, and individually switchable phantom power), and feeding the direct bus outputs to the 8 projectmix inputs. This would give me automation of the buses and the master effects via plugins or direct efx interface to the projectmix I/O. I am not real concerned about mic pres, as I have an Avalon vt737xp, PreSonus MP20, two Focusrite trackmaster platinums, and a Trident S20. I am using TLM 103's, AKG 414's, and Studio Projects C1 and C3's, as well as a lot of other AKG, Sennheiser, and Sure mics for drums, perc, etc.
So, I was wondering if this approach has been used by anyone else, or if there is some basic issue I am overlooking here. I realize that I can use a ADAT lightpipe compatable front ent to expand the inputs to 18, but this still lacks the insert and routing capabilities of a decent mixer...So, is this stupid?
Yes, that'll work but you still won't be able to record more than 8 tracks at time. Depending upon budget, I'd suggest that you do both - that is get some extra inputs to your DAW and use a desk (or a series of input channels) which should allow you to record, for example, a whole band together.
You then have the choice to mix 'in the box' and monitor from the desk or to send your outputs from the DAW to the desk and mix in the analog domain or even a combination of both.
Thanks for the response. Yes, I am going to get a ADAT I/O, looking at the Tascam, which would get me to the max input capability (18). I hadn't thought of sending everything back to the board for a final mix....that is a plus, and would work well with some situations. Thanks for the input. BTW, what board would you look at (32x8 or 32/48x16)?
also you can pick up an old black face adat, and route 8 channels direct out into the adat, and from the adat thru optical into the interface.