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Half Rackspace recorder with Digital Input?

Hi guys,

I need a backup recorder for my portable rig and I'm hoping to find something that fits in a half rackspace. I only need 2 channels, but I do need a digital SPDIF input.

I found this: Denon DN-F450R Rackmount Solid-State Digital Audio DN-F450R B&H
but it only has analog I/O :(

I know about the Sound Devices stuff but that is pretty pricy for a backup recorder. Any other options out there?

Thanks!
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I have a Marantz PMD670 that has S/PDIF and fulfils precisely this purpose. Not sure they're made anymore, but you might be able to pick one up second hand.
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I have a Marantz PMD670 that has S/PDIF and fulfils precisely this purpose. Not sure they're made anymore, but you might be able to pick one up second hand.
Thanks digistu that looks perfect! And it does fit into a half rack space? It looks a little taller than 1RU in pictures but they could be deceiving. I only have that much space left in my rack.

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You know what, I reckon you're right. I've just measured it and it's just about 5mm too big. Sorry about that!
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Well, it is not rack gear, but I used the M-Audio Microtrack for this purpose for years. It has SPDIF input. It is small enough to fit in a half rack space for storage, but you'd need to take it out to operate it given where the buttons are located. I had it attached to a rack shelf with velcro. Not the prettiest of solutions, but cheap and effective. A nice bonus is it can be used standalone using battery power if you need a quick stereo recording and don't want to bring your whole rack. Very handy for band rehearsals etc.
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You know what, I reckon you're right. I've just measured it and it's just about 5mm too big. Sorry about that!
Bummer - thanks anyway, that was a good thought.

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Thanks guys

nierbod, thanks for the suggestion, but I do need to be able to operate it in a rack.

BRH - I have looked at full rack space gear but I would prefer to fit more in less space - I have another half rack unit that I would love to be able to include.

Any other thoughts?

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Just a friendly bump to see if anyone else has any thoughts.

That DR-680 is a little taller than 1RU too.

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Well, it is not rack gear, but I used the M-Audio Microtrack for this purpose for years. It has SPDIF input. It is small enough to fit in a half rack space for storage, but you'd need to take it out to operate it given where the buttons are located. I had it attached to a rack shelf with velcro. Not the prettiest of solutions, but cheap and effective. A nice bonus is it can be used standalone using battery power if you need a quick stereo recording and don't want to bring your whole rack. Very handy for band rehearsals etc.
Hello,

I was wondering if the multitrack would record in 24bit from his SPDIF input? Together with a Audient MICO powered by a drill battery it would be a fantastic field recording device!
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Well, it is not rack gear, but I used the M-Audio Microtrack for this purpose for years. It has SPDIF input. It is small enough to fit in a half rack space for storage, but you'd need to take it out to operate it given where the buttons are located. I had it attached to a rack shelf with velcro. Not the prettiest of solutions, but cheap and effective. A nice bonus is it can be used standalone using battery power if you need a quick stereo recording and don't want to bring your whole rack. Very handy for band rehearsals etc.
That's the main recorder I use as well. I have a Cell Phone holder that I tape to the top of my Pre. It mounts the MAudio at a good angle, and allows me to connect the power and SPDIF cable.
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Sony pcm-d50 with a spdif to toslink converter?
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While you're looking at a bunch of these things, many of which are portable and or discontinued, Tascam has a new product, the DA-3000. It's about a grand and it was introduced last summer. It plugs into a mains and is about half the cost of an SD-702.

It looks somewhat impressive.
Tascam DA3000 - Summer NAMM 2013 - YouTube
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