Looks really cool... Two things for sure- if it has SADiE's name on it, it will be 1- very reliable and 2- very expensive.
A year ago or so, I saw a guy running a SADiE PCM64 on location and I was amazed at some of the things it could do. Pretty much, you could run it like a console and/or a multitrack. You could use the console for your input signals and record your two track mix.
Was this product shown at AES? Wish I'd seen it. My big questions:
2) I/O options?
3) how hard to port files into ProTools?
I hope more people in the industry start moving in this direction. I mean, sheesh, I still have racks full of Tascam DA machines I can't part with (not worth anything anymore, viable backup machines) and multiple 24-track machines slaved together. A single machine with 96 tracks is VERY hip, if we can afford it!
Hard to say... The press release doesn't really give many details- how is it interfaced, what sort of dsp is in it, etc....
Last time I looked, a relatively full featured SADiE DAW ran in the $25-30K range. This has more tracks, but is really built for one thing. If it has 96 channels of converters, I would imagine the price would go up substantially...
Guess that is the long way of saying that I have no clue, but knowing where the rest of their line runs, probably not cheap.
I know that Sadie has been fairly expensive in the past, but I thnk they are reasonably competitive these days (as most people have to be when you look at the market). I suspect that they are aiming at a pirce sub £10,000 or less than $20,000. I think if it's much above that as great as it may be, it simply won't sell. It could be argued that 96 tracks in a single machine might not be the best configuration, for many two X48's would offer a lot more flexiblity being able to be used as backup to each other. I would also guess that if you are using this number of channels the production probably has enough budget to hire a proper sound truck. It does look incredably cool though.
I've got a little info for you on this puppy, since I just lost a gig to one!
(Was lined up to record for a DVD this weekend, but just told that the tracking is now going to be done by the touring sound crew on a DN9696. There's a chap from Klark Teknink out on the road with them who is beta-testing the unit).
This info is third-hand, coming from the video director who went to see the band last night, and had to break the bad news So may not be entirely accurate.
* It's interfaced to a Midas XL8 via AES 50, which uses Cat-5. No analog inputs as far as I'm aware (no surprise there).
* 96 tracks of 96k, as you know.
* Records to B-WAV.
* Sounds like it has built-in drive mirroring.
* 5U high.
* Price, supposedly, £16,000. Don't know if that's end-user or dealer.
* Director says it's "Big and white"
I suspect this won't be the first job I lose to a recording system that's integrated with the live sound rig. (In fact, it's already the second - lost one when it turned out the live rig was using a Venue). The guy from KT was most keen to emphasise it's use for "virtual sound checks"... which I guess means they want to pitch it primarily at touring sound companies (to whom sixteen grand isn't that much cash) rather than recording guys like me.