Simplify my non-computer setup (Fostex R8, Zoom R24)?
I've got a small home studio that I use for demos/lo-fi recording and I'm trying to figure out if I can't make it simpler, while still getting the signal flow I'd like to have.
Currently I've got a the following:
-> Mic/Line going into a Fostex 812 mixer (FMR RNP first, depending on the mic)
-> Recorded to Fostex R8 reel to reel
-> Mixed back through the 812 so I can add send/return/insert effects, pan, etc.
-> Recorded to my trusty Zoom R24
-> Dumped into the computer later tweaks, etc.
Ideally, I'd like to avoid needing a computer until as late as possible, as recording out of the box is just more enjoyable for me (and I don't have a dedicated recording computer).
It seems to me like the combo of the R8/R24 might be overkill...would something like a single hard disk recorder with the appropriate i/o connections work better?
I love the R24 for portable, quick and dirty recording and if it had outputs for each track I'd probably have my problem solved, but alas.
Any advice without breaking the bank/resorting to all DAW-based recording?
They are so much fun. I didn't start home recording until USB interfaces were the norm, so going back to a deck like this shakes it up nicely.
Good price on eBay?
I grew up on a Yamaha MT50 4 track, kind of disappointed that this can't track to 8 tracks concurrently, but I guess most 8 track cassettes couldn't (besides the Tascam 238).
Got it for 60 bucks, shipping is brutal, but being able to have direct outs on each channel and transfer to my DAW is priceless for me. Might even lend it out to some people in the community; saw a few ads locally for people wanting to do the same.