recommendations needed on new DAI & going mixerless

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by karma1959, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. karma1959

    karma1959 Guest

    A newbie question here - I currently have a Motu 1224 for AI w/ Mackie 1642 analog mixer - used for headphone / control room monitoring and mic pres. My pc is old (doesn't have PCIe slots, so can't do a new UAD-2 card) and the 1224 is old, has limited connectivity and doesn't support 96khz - so am looking to do a few upgrades. While upgrading, I'm considering going mixerless as well - so here's the question:

    Moneywise, I found the Mackie 1200f appealing, as it has good mic pres and control room / headphone functionality - replacing my analog mixer. It also has varied connectivity, while also doing the DAI job of my Motu 1224. My preference for AIs is PCIe, rather than Firewire though. Anybody have experience with this unit or other recommendations?

    Another route would be to get a good mic pre and PCIe based AI that has the connectivity and control room flexibility I'd like - any suggestions? While I don't need anything above 96khz, I am intrigued by MOTU 192, unfortunately it doesn't have headphone / control room monitoring or as much connectivity as the Mackie 1200f.

    Thoughts on either of these two approaches?
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Presonus pretty much as exactly what you want. A lovely multitrack interface for your computer and a dedicated control room/studio monitor control with dedicated SA (studio address/talkback) & headphone routing, etc. AND YOU WILL BE MIXER LESS, MIXER LIGHT, MIXER NIXT, CALORIE FREE MIXER, LOW CARBO MIXER, MIXER ANOREXIA, PEAVEY POTTY, SOUR MIX. AND IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr., "free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free of mixers at last..."

    Are you into Barock and Roll?
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. karma1959

    karma1959 Guest

    thanks for the recommendations - much appreciated. Admittedly, I'm not very familiar with Presonus' gear, but will take a look.

    'Barock and roll'... clever.
  4. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

    Mar 15, 2007
    So many to chose from

    which one would you recomend Mz Davies


  5. karma1959

    karma1959 Guest

    On that note - given so many products are firewire these days, is there any practical advantage to going a PCIe route (eg Motu HD192)? My understanding is PCI-based has higher throughput, which makes sense, but is it a limitation that is ever reached in practice, or a theoretical one?

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