ProTools M-Box/External HD

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by chriscali, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. chriscali

    chriscali Guest

    Hi, first time poster here, but avid reader. Quick question. I'm starting to put together a little system to do some live recordings. I currently have an iBook G4 and am planning on doing something like this:

    ProTools M-Box
    Soundcraft E-8 mixer/Pre's
    External Firewire HD
    2 AT3032 Omnis

    The plan is to do real-time mixing with multiple mics in the future. This seems like a good start to do some stereo recording, but I have a few questions. First, anybody's opinion of the M-Box..I have no access to one to do tests w/ it. Second, can anybody recommend a reliable/fast external firewire HD?

    Thanks in advance for your help :)
  2. golli

    golli Active Member

    Apr 17, 2003
    If you're only using those two mics, to capture the whole band and record from the master (stereo) bus of the Soundcraft. I would get me a Sound Forge 6.0 or 7.0 and Echo Layla 24/96 audiocard.
    Both because you're not using the onboard M-Box micpre's and the Layla 96k conversion, should be smoother than the M-Box's.
    The M-box is plagued with latency and does not excell at anything (suposed to have nice, uncolored micpre's though), its not a realtime multitracker.
    The classical music recording world, relys on fewer channels and higher sample rates than the pop/rock world does(up until now anyway).
    Just my view on it :w:
  3. chriscali

    chriscali Guest

    Thanks for the reply. It seems the MOTU 828 mkII would be a better option than the Echo Layla would be..?

    I'm still pretty comfortable with getting the 2 channel M-Box. At first I'll only be recording stereo but with a mixer I'll be able to add more mics too. It's in my price range. Eventually, I may upgrade to the 002 rack or the motu 828..

    I'm concerned about the M-Box latency you describe though. Anyone else experience this?
  4. golli

    golli Active Member

    Apr 17, 2003
    Well you dont have to worry about the M-Box's latncy, if you're only going to be working with 2 channels, recorded simultaniencly(is this correct spelling).
    This is, maybe a good option, the M-Box that is. But then I would skip the Soundcraft, so as to have as few components in the chain as possible.
    Just out of curiousitty, why would the Motu be a better solution than the Layla?
  5. chriscali

    chriscali Guest

    Good point about keeping the mixer out of the chain, I figured that way though I could outgrow two mics quicker...also, I don't want to rely on the M-Box micpre's either.

    As far as the MOTU v. Layla, I've had my eye on the MOTU for a while, I just don't have the cash to get it at this moment. I just noticed that for the price of the Layla, I may as well just get the MOTU I wanted in the first place! :)
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