noob needs help expanding system

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by cleamon, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. cleamon

    cleamon Guest

    Hi all,
    I'm trying to figure out the best way to expand my current system from 8 inputs to (12 or) 16. I do not make a living doing this, so cost is a high priority.
    For better or worse, I have a Roland vs2400cd, which gives me 8 inputs. Other than being limited to rbus devices, I have enjoyed using the system and especially like the portability of it (most of my recording session are live and on location).
    I've looked at the ADA-7000, which would give me an additional 8, or the SI-24 which would do the same, but also give me an additional 13 motorized faders to work with (but would be another large device to lug around). Unfortunately, one or both of these are discontinued models.
    The next option I've considered is buying a DIF-AT24 interface (rbus to adat), and adding something like a focusrite octopre-le. This would also do the trick.
    Does anyone have experience with any of these? Or offer other options for me. Keep in mind that I am "stuck" with the vs2400 and am on somewhat of a budget.
    Chuck Leamon
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Why not just by an inexpensive and small mixer like a Beringer, Mackie or equivalent with 4 to 14 extra inputs? Still inexpensive and lightweight. Take the stereo output from that mixer and run it into your Rolands analog effects return or, stereo line input. You don't need motorized faders or a digital mixer. Besides, no microphone inputs on any of these digital mixers, cheap or expensive, are digital! We are all using analog microphones, going into, analog-to-digital converters. There are no good digital microphone preamplifiers because the microphones are still all analog! Okay maybe not the digital Neumann but that is simply an analog microphone with a built in analog to digital converter so that you get a digital AES/EBU XLR output, while draining your pockets. WOW! " but its digital?!?!" DOH!
  3. cleamon

    cleamon Guest

    While that would certainly get the inputs I need, it doesn't solve my problem of being able to record 8 more tracks! What I want to do is record (up to) 8 more discreet tracks.

  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Well then, it's hard to beat the Alesis 24 track hard disk recorder for under $1500. It's very lightweight. 24/96 (track count goes down when you go to the higher bit rate and sampling frequency, 24 track at 16-bit 44.1. I've used it, very impressive. Plus, you have 2 removable hard disk drive bays, which definitely lets you keep projects separated. Of course, you cannot cut CDs that way on site.

    It is an imperfect world!
    Especially, if you are poor!
  5. Spocks Penis

    Spocks Penis Guest

    Yes! I am fascinated with that product as well, and will be getting one for our studio.


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