I may have made a bit of a boo-boo. I have owned an octopre LE ADAT for a while (perhaps a mistake in itself
, but all i could afford at the time) which i use for recording drums in my living room.
I've started recording some classical concerts with a KM184 ORTF stereo pair going into a zoom H4. which sounds pretty good considering, and my clients have been happy and are asking me to record more. I saw the opportunity with my octopre and a dirt cheap fostex D90 to expand the possibilities to 8 channels where needed.
Now i'm pretty sure that octopre outputs 24bit adat and the fostex only takes in 16bit - will the wordlength be just truncated or will there be any element of dither or atleast rounding? Anyway to set the octopre to 16bit? Classical music is so dynamically sensitive I daren't use it for a conert.
Am I right to be concerned? Is there a cheap "24-16 dither box" to put inbetween my units? Is there another 8channel ADAT recorder around which can do 24 bits?
Also, what would you're "go-to" mic stand height be for an ORTF pair a couple of metres behind the conductor be? So many questions...