I'm planning on getting a tape machine soon myself so I've been wondering about this as well. Does anybody make a passive multi-pot unit that is nothing more than an input, a fader or pot, and an output? Possibly in 8 or 16 channel sections? If not, I suppose you could make one without too much fuss but a manufactured one would be nice.
The console's coming next but it's gonna take a little time before I can get around to picking one up. In the meantime, I'd like to have a means of sending the proper level to the tape machine without having to raise and lower the gain for my mics. Who's doing this without a console and how are you dealing with this issue?
By the way, the Atty would be nice but I don't really want to spend $1,000 to buy 16 channels worth of level control. Is there a cheaper way to do this? Maybe something that is rack mountable?
Also, I found this thread: Rackable Faders for External Pres
. There seems to be some info there but I'm curious how others are dealing with this scenario.