| | just like starting over....
OK, I’ve been away and off the audio forums for over two years. I’m gonna guess that a lot has changed in the interim, and while I’m reading through two years of TapeOp and Mix subscriptions, there’s only so much I can pick up quickly that way. So I come here to the experts and ask for generous offerings of knowledge.
I’ll keep it as simple as possible. I’m pretty much all set on hardware (for my needs). I have no desire to experience more product obsolesence than is required, so I have made the big decision to go computer based, but ONLY for multi-track recording / storage. Mixing, all effects, etc will still be analog. (through existing hardware.)
I need a DAW that provides high quality recording and playback of between 8(min.) and 16 (would never use all 16) channels. No need for MIDI, plug-ins or any of the other swell stuff that DAW manufacturers use as selling points. Basically, you can think of it as I am replacing an analog 8 track recorder with a DAW, and I don’t need any new capabilities not found on the old tape deck. But instead of chasing new revisions to expensive dedicated digital recorders (that are quickly being abandoned by the industry), I’d rather chase after much less expensive new revisions to software. (not to mention all of the no longer available parts, accessories, drives, etc. for ‘dedicated digital recorders).
I was a 100% fan of dedicated digital recorders, especially as I was doing 75% location work back in 2001. But its 2007 and the numbers just add up differently today.
So, simple, bulletproof DAW, high quality, minimal bells and whistles, PC based. I’d like to leave the converters and I/O to another discussion; the DAW will come first, and I will acquire the converters and I/O to best support the DAW decision. Also, lets assume that I can purchase a brand new PC (or notebook) to best support the DAW. I’m really only interested in the software decsion right now.
ps. the website and email addresses in my sig are no longer online. must fix....
Lexington 125 - High Resolution Location Recording