I just bought a ramsa 820 & have an old CM automation 16i/o insert type midi controlled automation rack.
I'm gonna try it out to see if I like it, but here my question.
I'm relocating the internal PS of mixer freeing up space. I could remove the pcb from the CM auto rack, remove the 1/4 jacks, and hard wire this to the inserts...I think... Where the automation insert will work AND I can patch in my TRS patch point. I'll use a Frontier USB midi fader & protools midi tracks to control & store automation.
The 820 being an unbalanced console, I figured less cabling the better.
Would this work or should I just patch it and use as normal & if I wanna patch in a piece of outboard just it in line "pre" automation box.
**I'm recapping this thing & making the PS external, sooo...while I'm in it!
I bet you could make it work. You might want to try it out in the existing box first to see whether you want to comit to having all those crappy VCAs in your signal path all the time. When I switched from 2" tape to Pro Tools as my primary recording device, I stopped using the dynamic automation on my console. I continued to automate console setups, but i find the Pro Tools automation faster and easier than most console systems, even with moving faders.
I worked on a console in the 90s which had the JL Cooper version of the CM box you have. The VCAs sounded awful and the zippering made it unuseful for any fast fader moves.