So I've read 20+ pages of this thread but I was hoping someone could save me reading the remaining 30 or so and confirm a couple of things:
1)vista 64/ windows 7 64 compatibility? It seems most folks have gotten the zed working with 64bit drivers now? I have vista 64 and would prefer not to buy another version if I can avoid it but is the zed more compatible with 7?
2)using the zed with outboard gear. I have a number of nice compressors and a reverb that I like. What are the options for using outboard gear?
-effects:If you want to print a track with an outboard effect, you'd use the inserts, correct? What about adding the effect when mixing? If you are running the tracks back from the DAW through the zed, can you use either the inserts or the aux sends? Is there a difference? Sorry if this is a total newbie question. If you wanted to put a compressor on the mix bus what would the options be?
-pres: I understand that the pres are excellent but I have at least one pre (the original joe meek vc1) that I love for voice and need to be able to use. From the posts in this thread, is the insert the only way to use this when tracking? I've seen references to patching via a patchbay, but you're still going into the inserts right?
The way I hope to use the board is to record everything through the board, then mix/sum via the board as well. I like the option to use it as a DAW controller but I don't see myself using it that way, I like to move faders too much
So in this scenario, I'd track thorugh the board, send it back to the board digitally, mix with the faders, EQ (which I'm very excited to be able to use, I dislike plugins for EQ, because I get distracted from listening by having to bring up the plug, mouse around etc), sum to the mix buss back to the DAW?
I realize some of these questions (maybe all) have been addressed here already, but I just hope to get some final answers before I pull the trigger on my new Zed