Old 12-02-2010, 07:10 AM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a good 16-channel USB mixer with decent AD/DAs that plays nice with REAPER?

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Old 12-02-2010, 11:24 AM   #2
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Ok, so far I have seen:

- Yamaha MG166CX-USB: Seems to have exactly what I'm looking for. I only found one post in the website from someone having some issues with his setup, though. Has anyone used it with REAPER?

- Yamaha LS9-16: I don't see any USB connectors in the back port, like the LS9-32 has. Maybe it's an add-on? It looks like the de-facto connection is a LAN port. The unit looks nice, I may at least get one to try it. Any experiences with REAPER?

- Allen&Heath ZED-12FX: Not enough XLR inputs. ZED-22FX and ZED-24 have too much, won't fit in my space.

- Mackie ProFX12: Same thing, I need at least 10 XLR inputs. And again 2404-VLZ3 doesn't fit in my space.

I think one of the Yamahas will do. But before I waste any time ordering them and trying them (looks like they are made for Cubase), I would like to hear if anyone had any gotchas or have other recommendations.

At this point money is not much of a problem but space & time are.

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Old 12-02-2010, 11:30 AM   #3
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you realise the Yamaha LS9-16 costs about £5000 and your other options cost around £250-300.

you'd be better off deciding on your budget first...
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:47 AM   #4
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you realise the Yamaha LS9-16 costs about £5000 and your other options cost around £250-300.

you'd be better off deciding on your budget first...
LOL. Yes, that is not a problem as I said. I saw the price. It's around US$6500 here and that's OK. It fits in the 50cms (~20inches) I have.

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Old 12-02-2010, 12:04 PM   #5
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Alesis 16ch MultiMix (usb 2.0)

http://alesis.com/multimix16usb20

8 xlr inputs built in, get something like a Nady PRA-8 rack preamp ($100ish) for inputs 9-16

or get 2 of them..
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:11 PM   #6
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Be sure to check the bit and sample rate supported with any system you are thinking of getting. Many are only 16 bit.
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:14 PM   #7
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Alesis 16ch MultiMix (usb 2.0)

http://alesis.com/multimix16usb20

8 xlr inputs built in, get something like a Nady PRA-8 rack preamp ($100ish) for inputs 9-16

or get 2 of them..
Only 8 XLR inputs. I need at least a couple more.

Also, I am trying to stay away from Behringer and Alesis. Too much unreliability. I used to be a great fan of Alesis products, but that was back in the days.
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:17 PM   #8
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Be sure to check the bit and sample rate supported with any system you are thinking of getting. Many are only 16 bit.
Good advice. I am trying to read the fine print in everything I come across. Thanks.

EDIT

- MG166: 16-bit recording.
- LS9: 24-bit A/D, but it seems the USB is only for a USB memory and only up to 2GB is supported (WTF???). LAN is 100Mbps and not GigE, and only for MIDI. Not good.

The quest continues...
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:48 PM   #9
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Are you sure those mixers will do, I mean, from what you said I figure you need AD/DA for each individual channel, right? So that you can do multi-tracking?

Most mixers you listed will not do this.

If money is not a problem and you can afford a TI Firewire card, I would suggest Presonus Studiolive or Yamaha N-12.
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