Originally Posted by KingDaddyO
I understand you are looking for software, but have you considered a dedicated HDR which completely bypasses the computer setup portion of the live rig?
Laptops are very attractive for several reasons, primary ones being their small footprint & onboard battery backup. A dedicated HDR is attractive also for different reasons, the primary ones being their much improved operational stability and their simplicity of setup (no need for outboard converters, etc.). If this strategy is even remotely appealing to you then I would suggest a look at a RADAR system. IMHO the RADAR does this better than most all other solutions, and the quality of their converters are legendary (even the 1st generation OTARI 16-bit, 48KHz ones).
If cost is a factor you can use any of the older models with confidance (even the 1st generation models still sound wonderful compared to modern systems, and are available for pennies on the dollar). For transfers you could also pick up a UFC-24 or 96 (or whatever they are calling the 24 ch. format conversion box these days) very inexpensively.
BTW, I am not am employee or stock holder of the folks who manuf. RADAR or anything else, just a satisfied owner who is familiar with the demands of a live gig. There are plenty of other decent HDR systems out there, but since your prime criteria was stability in a live setting, that is why I am biased toward the RADAR system.
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Thanks. If I was doing this for living I would consider buying more gear. But this is more of a favor for a friend. I have too much invested in outboard converters and my laptop rig to start over. They suit me just fine in a studio situation.
Looks like I'll have to do some stability testing of the stuff I have. Maybe try out a few other cheap software options. I was kind of hoping for some cheap and stable magic bullet... but that never works out, does it. There's just too many links in the chain. Is the source of the crash in the DAW, the plug-ins, the OS, the soundcard driver, the firewire driver, the firmware, the BIOS, or the hardware? Or all of the above?
When I think about it, I'm amazed it works at all. Guess that's why something like a RADAR system is good :-)