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Hurray for backup rigs!!! Multi-Channel Preamps
Old 12th October 2007
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Talking Hurray for backup rigs!!!

How-D guys!!

Well, it's not often that I can justify that redundant recording system that I tote along all over the place, costing me money, taking up space, yadda yadda. That's a good thing, but I just wanted to shout out to Mackie for saving the day on Monday.

For some bizarre reason during a remote of a band called Band of Horses, the PT system had a hickup during the very first song. (very strange) Luckily, although only recording at 48k, the redundant Mackie MDR still ran solidly down below. Whew! Oh yeah, that's why that thing is there. I transferred the song into PT the next day (upconverting to 96k) and although there is a little tonal difference, the performance is solid and the project moves on.

My very first remote (years ago) was a nightmare and the backup system saved my ass. I haven't needed it, but always run it since then. It's just not worth the risk!

This is a scaled down version of the rig, due to space, but here's a pic!

Keep on keepin on!

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Old 12th October 2007
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Yep. Backup decks a worthwhile investment. Hope you also carry a UPS for your rig. Ours has saved us more than once.......... Mark
Old 12th October 2007
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Yeah, I'm with you guys on this one.

Backups, UPS' and such are key devices in our line of (play) work.

Hey, do you have a larger picture?

I'd love to see your rig in its full glory.
Old 12th October 2007
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I'd love to see your rig in its full glory.
I second that ^

you have some good credits to your name
Old 12th October 2007
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dude, i love band of horses! i like a lot of the stuff coming out of your area up there too, man, i'm jealous.
Old 12th October 2007
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Pics o the rig

There are some up on the site, but I realize that I now need to add some more. Here are a few attachments. Thasnk guys! I love this forum!
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Old 13th October 2007
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Thumbs up

Based on these new JPGs, it appears that somebody RAWKS hard!

I love the huge monitor -- is it a 30"?

Very cool Mark!
Old 13th October 2007
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Yeah it's a 32"

Typically I use a smaller one, but it happened to be lying around....sooooo...why not! Thanks for the reply!
Old 14th October 2007
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Hey Mark,
Nice racks (especially the center photo)! Glad to see I'm not the only one nutty enough to be hauling around a rack mounted HD system.
Hey, a little off topic, but how do you like that RME 8ch pre? I have 3 Digimax's which I like, but I'm considering the RME for when I need 32 ins. How do they compare?
Old 14th October 2007
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Hmmm, well...they don't suck. I actually like them better than the Presonus for most things, except drums. A big sell for me is the dual output, but eventually my intentions are to replace them in the "A" rig and put them in a smaller 24 input "small club rock rack". They will do great for an additional 8.
Old 16th October 2007
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Thanks for the info Mark.
The dual analog outs are very cool.
I use the ADAT outs of the 96's to feed my backup recorder( an HD24XR).
Curious, how do you do the split between your other pres (with only one set of analog outs, and no digital outs) and your primary and backup recorders? Or do the Prec 8's have that ability as well?
Old 16th October 2007
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The P8s have a DSUB and TRS connectors available at the same time.
Old 17th October 2007
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Multiple Line outs

The Grace M802, M801 and Millenia HV-3R have multiple line outs.

M801 has two XLR for each channel and the M802 has 2 XLRs per channel and a 25 pin DSUB line out.

The Millenia appears to have an 1 XLR per channel as well as 2 25 pin DSUB line outs.

Some of these connectors get used if you order the 130 volt input option.

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