tools mix inputs....adat/888/rme???

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tools mix inputs....adat/888/rme???

Postby Damien » Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:19 pm

we may be changing our mackie d8b desk with a controll 24.

this presents an issue. 16 channels of adat conversion.

we currently have a mix3 system with 1 x 888 (4 x expernal pres) and an adat bridge giving us 16 i/o from the mackie.

if we go the controll 24 we will loose the 16 a/d/a via the adat bridge. (the mackie is an a/adat adat/a converter as well.

we will have the 16 controll 24 pres that need to go into tools. (to replace the mackie ones)

we can get a/adat stuff to go via the adat bridge (apogee ad8000,800, ad16, rme ???) or get 2 more 888/24's and forget the whole adat thing.

or some other 8/16 channel way into tools. (like the adat thing listed here for sale)

we dont need more outs, only more ins.

what would you do. are there any solutions i have not thaught of.

(2 x rme 8 channel things will get me done for about $3k.) or the 16 channel apogee for about $5.5k.

the alesis/behrincrud way is less than $1k and may be ok for the ctrl24 pres, but not when we replace them with better ones.

opinions please
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Postby davemc » Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:43 pm

For cheap as I said yesterday the be!@#$%^& or Alesis stuff.
If only for the Control24 pres it would do. Even if you loose 50% hit not much $'s later when you upgrade
Again for cheap and might not even be better the be!@#$%^& or Alesis :) a 1622. These are the same as a 882/20 convertors so only 20bit.
I changed from 882/20 and 1622 combo to HD and it was a big jump.

Or check out for a second hand AD16 Apogee, there the older model.

Or there is a creamware A16 on ebay localy now $360 less then a day to go.

New Auroa cards look nice. But $'s
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Postby Damien » Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:55 pm

anyone. i dont believe no one has had this issue.

anyone have an rme for sale (i know there are some at mixmasters)

i think i will borrow another 888 and buy one rme.
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Postby Aearth » Fri Mar 03, 2006 7:07 pm

Surely you can pick up some 888 for cheap these days.

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Postby Aearth » Fri Mar 03, 2006 7:11 pm

Thought so ....go to www.sounddevices.com.au second hands stuff, they have 888/24 for$1500 and 888 something for $1200

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Postby davemc » Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:06 pm

Seen them sell around $800 ebay.
I mean 888's were never my fav connvertors anyway.
Would see what the RME or even be!@#$%^&/Alesis sounded like against your 888 your got now. If you can do a borrow and test.

Maybe see if Digi can sell you a trade in before they scrap them...
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Postby mfdu » Sat Mar 04, 2006 1:27 pm

remember the b*&$^ ada8000 used alesis 24bit chips

but the preamps sucked and the line in still used the analoue channel path.

there were mods to the analogue path - run through the prodigy geek-fest if you want to follow that up.

when i was hunting for my stereo ad/da i was certainly finding a lot of good reports on the RME stuff - german build quality, rigid clock.


definately a higher class than the digidesign units. by report, that is.

they've got a new 8 channel ADI-192 DD which might mean the old units are dropping in price. . .

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Postby PeterR » Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:31 pm

wasn't Mark Rachelle saying his be!@#$%^& ada8000s sounded as good or even better than his digi 888s at the old forum?
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Postby Damien » Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:31 pm

i now have 2 x 88/24's and are on the lookout for an rme or apogee thingy. for a good price. but for now 16 channels of 888 will be fine.

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Postby mfdu » Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:18 am

[quote="PeterR"]wasn't Mark Rachelle saying his be!@#$%^& ada8000s sounded as good or even better than his digi 888s at the old forum?[/quote]

cant remember specifically who - it's a comment i've heard more than once.

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