Hey guys thanks for the replies...
The fan noise is just about inaudible..
I would go as far to say, you could record an acoustic guitar (instrument) about a foot or so away with no problem whatsoever.
It's very quiet.
No need for a Iso box or anything.
And since you can order the new version with the basic transport functions on the front panel, as well as the internal 10 inch screen, I don't have to carry the Session controller or an external screen!
(yes I happen to have one in the rack, but you don't need it!)
So for a lot of people, it means traveling very light, and making NO excuses.
As many of you guys know, this is Rack #3 of my (portable) location recording rig.
Rack #1 (which I have two of) Photo 1
type 69 Mic Pre/EQ's
-1 API 8200A used for bussing, or summing multiple tracks together when cutting basics.
(As it is not uncommon for me to take Kick, Snare, and Over and combine them in the 8200A to one output.)
used in this case for monitoring playback, and or mixing.
Rack #2 Photo 2
type 69 Mic Pre/EQ's
-4 Shadow Hill Mono Optogragh Limiters
-1 Shadow Hills Dual Vandagraph Stereo Limiter
And of course the star of this show
Rack #3 now with the Radar 6, KC24 small remote,
Each rack has it's own patchbay or connector panel to get in and out.
Very simple setup, quick and painless.
The entire rig will be going out for a few months sometime this spring.
It will become the centerpiece for a new Independent Record Label.
Their thing (and I'm totally involved in this) will be to record bands using only 8 tracks, with all the associated limitations brought by that methodology, without the extra cost and hassle.
Yep it's being done as we speak, but not like this.
So this, the first Radar 6 will be configured with only 8 channels of Ultra Nyquist convertors so there will be NO chance of "could I just have one more track for the tambourine!"
The main difference is we are not using tape. But because it's the Radar loaded 8 in/out it has the same basic limitations as does tape. You can't just add another track if needed, (like in a DAW) you have to bounce just like tape.
I started this project last year with my 1 inch MCI, and although it sounded great, it just wasn't worth the effort.
What we are attempting to do is record the bands in different locations, and limit them to only 8 tracks, which means lots of preproduction and rehearsing.
Discussions on production, arrangements, as well as careful selection of the room(s) we will record in will happen way before we ever hit record.
Obviously this isn't for everyone, but for those so inclined this is going to be a real treat.
I for one believe in the magic of recording out of a studio, in alternate locations, and love the the limitations brought on by using only 8 tracks to capture a moment in time.
I guess only time will tell?
Now I have to start building yet another rig.