Originally Posted by demaarten
I was looking for the profire 2626 when I stumbled upon the mr816.
I have a few questions that maybe you could answer.
Can you use 2 mr816's to have 16 analoge Inputs and outputs?
does one unit is used as standalone or do you connect the 2 with firewire?
I don't use Pro tools, so the mr816 is better i think. But is the AD DA quality really a lot better?
do you have a decent monitor section (no digital volume controll, but analoge pod)
You can daisy chain 3 with full functionality.
Originally Posted by Sugarnutz
As posted above the N12 might be a nice piece of kit, but the 2626 will do one thing that the N12 won't do... PROTOOLS! You really need to get a 2626 and PT 8 M-Powered. Sure it's limited to 48 tracks, but it's 48 mono or stereo @ 96 KHz. The Steiny stuff will get dumped from the line like everything else they have ever made hardware wise and Yamaha will have something better down the line leaving the N12 a forgotten relic. But.... you will still be able to download your Protools software/drivers for years to come and you will be compatible with most pro studios. My first PT LE rig was a Digi 001 running PT LE 6.1, it paid for itself the first week I had it just doing editing. The 2626 sounds really good, it ain't no Apogee or Aurora but what do you expect at this price point.
Again the main advantage is when some band calls and asks: "Do you have Protools?" you can say "YES!" You could actually get three 2626's and have 24 pretty damn good analog I/O @ 44.1/48 KHz running one to the computer and the other two in standalone mode or just two for 16 analog I/O @ 88.2/96 KHz. The N12 with Cubase LE is a home project rig (not really trying to dis the N12, but my custom 18 input Spectrasonics console will piss on it from a great height as Geoff Tanner once said), the 2626 can get you closer to a real studio by using it with a real console, which is what I am doing.
For Pro Tools and on-the-go-editing for anything, I just use an M-audio transit. That's if I REALLY want to edit in Pro Tools...
Here's the thing, if you plan on really having enough money to add on a bunch of extra converters and extra preamps, maybe the 2626 will be better. But if you want a box that will just sound great, the MR816 would be a better bet for just a bit more. Look back at the MR816 vs Profire 2626 thread for more details. Still, the N12 is useful in a studio for it's effects and preamps plus it's wet monitoring, talkback, routing to multiple monitors etc even if you upgrade to something else, so it is a long run safe bet for something that is always useful and sounds great. It can even work as a standalone mixer. The Profire does have more digital i/o though, but to really make good use of that to sound better than the MR816, you have to spend a lot for great converters, which would get expensive. So, they're both great in my opinion, just different: MR816 is a better single box in my opinion though (but I don't like it's expandability... the N12 is a safer bet because it is useful standalone!!!). Do remember the N12 doesn't have digital in's though, so as I said, different expandability options.