I’m brand new on here and this is my first posting. So be gentle!
I’m putting together a recording rig for both home and location use based around a Pro Tools HD2 accel system running off a 2 Magma chassis and a Macbook Pro. I could use some advice…I’ll be recording mostly rock bands, in all their various permutations, and the occasional classical or jazz show. My first questions are regarding converters: I’m considering an Apogee front end consisting of an AD16 and a Rosetta 800 connected via X-HD cards giving me a total of 24 inputs. (I’ll be mixing in the box for starters so # of outputs isn’t a factor) Nothing against the 192’s BTW; I use them everyday at my staff gig and they sound pretty damn good… but size, weight, rack space, and portability are of major importance to me for this rig.
Sooooo…my questions are as follows
1) How do the Apogees sound compared to the 192’s?
2) Do they present any strange issues interfacing with PT such as clocking problems, latency, etc. I know PT often doesn’t play nicely with third party hardware.
3) Speaking of clocking, if I don’t need to sync to an external source (such as video) would I still need to purchase a Big Ben, or will the AD16 alone suffice? (Apogee claims that it has the same clocking technology)
My second questions are regarding Mic Pre’s
I need 24 channels, in the smallest, most portable configuration possible, so I’m looking at several 8ch. 1U units. Budget is an issue for me here so pleeeeease resist the temptation to recommend an API rack, Grace 801, UA8110 etc. Droolworthy as they may be, I simply can’t afford them right now. The absolute max I can drop for 8 channels is $2500, and I'd like to mix and match if possible for some tonal options.
I’ve been reading/ hearing very good things about the True System 8.
and mixed reviews of several others in the $1000-2500 range such Audient, RME, Presonus, Oram and Mackie. (I know, I know, I should be booted out of the High End forum for the mere mention of the “M” word…)
Anyone have any experience with these units or others in their range?
Sorry for such a long post and thanks so much (in advance) for your advice.