Originally Posted by matthewd
Owing to the demise of Sadie, I am thinking of swapping my LRX2 for a Pyramix based MADI solution -....
..... RME Micstacy Preamps on the stage. Some people have said on here the Micstacy is not classical grade like a Millenia or Grace but my reseller tells me it is designed by someone at DG - if it is good enough for DG, I am sure it is good enough for me.
In the last year or two I've been exploring getting away from my present larger scale analogue gear in favour of something more portable and convenient but without sacrificing sound quality. Having played with one for while I was just about to opt for an LRX2 when SADiE announced their impending demise. I still tried for one but it was too late to order new and now that obtaining the i/o cards will be impossible without scouring the used market I've had to have second thoughts.
I was looking at the MADIFace as I'm already running MADI for a lot of stuff (using Sequoia on a 4U rackmount PC) and about to go more down that route to replace most of my analogue multicore runs, especially the high channel count, long cable run stuff, but so far as I've been able to find out, the MADIFace isn't shipping yet. The Cardbus Express card is available and working but the MADI i/o sub unit doesn't seem to be around yet. The idea of being able to chuck MADI into a laptop as a backup backup is very appealing. The lack of T/C and wordclock support on the MADIFace is a bit of an irritation but not serious if it's just for backing up the backup.
With V6 of Pyramix, and some clients asking for it rather than Sequoia it's become an appealing proposition but it's still not cheap when I've already got a perfectly happy (and paid for) Sequoia system that'll reliably handle 100+ tracks without complaining. Running another parallel system doesn't appeal (I already have Sequoia, SADiE and Sonic Solutions HD) so I have the 'fun' of trying to decide whether to carry on with what I have, shell out the cash and switch now to Pyramix as my main system or wait and see whether not switching actually costs me work. Merging's Pyramix hardware controller support might swing it.
I've also been checking out the Micstasy and it's a bit of a mixed bag. (I do mostly classical location recording/broadcast work and a bit of jazz/other stuff - track/channel counts tend to be in the 2-16 channel range or 48+, with little in between.) I had a bit of a ramble about my impression of them in this thread
. Nothing's really changed and I still haven't quite been able to bring myself to place the order. I can already do 24 channels of Prism A-D and have some Crookwood remote mic pres and this makes things just close enough in price for the decision to be more difficult than if I was starting from scratch.
Overall, I'd say that the Micstasy is up to the job, if not in the same league as the Millennias, Graces, and Prisms of the world; the rooms, mic positions, and mics as always, contribute far more to the sound than the finer points of preamps and ADCs.
I'm not sure whether the 'designed by someone at DG' (which I've also been told) is a recommendation or a warning.