Published by andrew caramia
7th January 2012
By dkelley on 17th April 2012
Had to add my own review of my board, the yamaha rm800-24.
This is insane. it's cheap on the used market. it's big, heavy, and VERY SOLIDLY built. I had a big, heavy tascam board before which was NOT very solidly built and even flexed when lifting it. This board is in a far better class in pretty well every way.
mic pres - I happen to really like them. Very full and neutral, transformer balanced. Superior to most affordable outboard and you get 8 of them in these boards basically as a freebie addon when considering the price. EXCELLENT for the money. I use them for lots of tracking and they have a different and useful sound from my outboard rack pres, all of which are colored (intentionally) because I know I always have these yammy pres for the cleaner stuff.
overall sound - yes, super quiet, super clean, nice and punchy, PLENTY of headroom, I've never made it clip unless doing something really really stupid. I've never heard noise from it in any tracking situation nor in the older days when I would mix in it. I sometimes sum in this and it's great for that as well.
EQ is very good, very useful, but I wish it had q controls. center freqs are very well chosen as are qs, and I happen to like them a lot. can be switched out which is nice.
4 mono aux sense and a stereo aux send on each channel, inline 24 so has another 24 channels without eq and without the first 3 (I think it's 3) aux sends if you choose to use the board for mixing... which gives basically up to 48 mixing channels using the main strips and more if you use the extra ins and outs.
good useful monitor controller, 8 bus, excellent metering although I wish it was per channel not per bus/aux which is certainly a limitation. However there are clip lights and such if needed per channel.
works great in both +4 and -10 setups and can even work in both at once which is crazy useful for a project studio.
Can work with an 8 or even 16 track recorder if you want to go daw-less, recording the old fashioned way or have a mid life crisis and want to run away from everything that uses a mouse :-)
Has inserts on some channels although I don't find them important as I Have outboard mic pres.... but still they would be useful for those without mic pres but with outboard compressors they'd like to use. The insert jacks work with project studio targeted compressors such as the RNC right away with a stereo 1/4" connector cable at both ends, so that is pretty cool and easy.
I leave a lot of my gear permanently connected to the ins of this thing and when tracking just turn things off and on accordingly since I do most of my work as a multi instrumentalist/producer/arranger.
In a small home setup the fact that there are no connections on the back is really helpful so you can put this up against your wall. Space saver, although that term is funny for such a HUGE mixing desk.
This thing is super reliable - I've had mine for years now and it was well used before, and it has zero problems other than one or two little plastic button tops popping off when I wasn't looking.
I strongly consider this to be the highest quality piece of gear I own, and I own a LOT of gear.
Also by far the best overall desk I've owned, and I've owned several over the years.
if you need 24 mic pres and insert on each channel, look at behringer. if you want a desk that will outlive you and continue to perform as it did when new, buy a used yamaha rm800.
there is also a 16 channel version if you don't need the 24.
By roccyjupiter on 24th December 2012
Yes, I would agree completely about how great this board is. I have a Soundcraft Spirit Studio, and the RM800 blows it out. If you get your levels set up right, it is super quiet, with lots of headroom. Whats also great is you can route the effects returns to any of the 8 busses. Its built like a tank. Paired with an HD24 it rocks. The eq is very nice sounding, and yes, taking away is the way to go, rather than add. Outstanding value....