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Recommendations for HD recorder for ADAT Recorders, Players & Tape Machines
Old 12th September 2007
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Recommendations for HD recorder for ADAT

Hi all.
I'm going to build in some redundancy into my signal chain as I have been embarrassed when the PC pooped itself and I was left with a session of data lost. So I'm splitting my signal in ADAT lightpipe format and going to send a copy from my converters to both the PC Card and (potentially) a Hard Disk Recorder. I have done the old search for Hard Disk recorders on the forum and come up with the HD24Xr and the XR24, neither of which I am familiar with using and look like they have converters built-in????. So I am looking for recommendations on a piece of gear...not tape ADAT as I have had bad experiences with that... that can convert ADAT lightpipe input to a stored and retrievable file format. Don't be constrained by the two units mentioned above.

Thanks in advance

Old 12th September 2007
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I'm happy with the HD24. You aren't going to get much better for $2000.

You can find them used for about $1200.

The HD24XR has better converters. The same converters that are in the Radar 24 units, I believe.

If you are going straight in via lightpipe, just get the non XR version. There is no difference other than the converters, and the converters in the non-XR version are pretty good as it is.

If you are just going in lightpipe, you could get a Profire Lightbridge and set up another barebones DAW too. Just a cpu and a firewire card. Probably be a bit cheaper. Or get one of the used MOTU 2408s floating around.
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