Originally Posted by edwinhurwitz
That's what they say. However, in practice it has not been a problem. The only noise issues I had was with early Mackie boards that the clubs all seemed to have in the 90s.
Phantom power can be tricky if you are using ribbon mics. Some consoles will turn phantom on in blocks of 8, so if you are using a Y splitter with one of those on the other side of the split, and even you are doing the phantom, the pp can go to the board and get distributed across the block of 8. Other than that, just coordinate with the house guy. I've never seen any equipment damaged from a Y split. Not saying it can't happen, but if it were a common occurrence, I would have done it.
What I'm thinking is actually just to buy two 8-channel XLR breakout box/snakes and have one permanently connected to the Tascam, the other to the Mackie, and just move the shorter mic cables for the amps, drums, DI, etc. between breakout boxes depending on where I'm going. Then there's no phantom issues, no degradation/noise introduced by Y-cable either.
I was hoping to track both concurrently, but there's no reason why I can't use the DB25 outputs direct to tape if that's the case.
I'm really just experimenting/farting around here, so a couple of decent breakout boxes will go to good use regardless, whether live, studio, or remote. Keep the floor tidier too.