Valkyrie Sound Posted May 2, 2004 Share Posted May 2, 2004 aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Dammnmit.... no wonder all these equipment makers are having such a tough time these days. NONE of them are making anything I can USE!.... and I HAVE MONEY AND WANT TO SPEND IT! My odyssey started this week when I started a search to replace my old stand alone CDR from Tascam. I thought.... I'll just buy one of these great Tascam CDR2000s. Cool... everything I need... balanced I/O and a AES input. Try to get one.... it's been discontinued! OK... so what else is available? Hmmm... the HHB units which I've had plenty of bad experience with... 6 have failed in the last 6 months. I'm not going to use a cheap AES/SPDIF converter... I CAN hear the difference. OK... so what does Tascam see as a replacement product? The CDR 402 which has balanced I/O but NO AES INPUT! Huh? Tascam doesn't even make a single unit with a professional digital input? Huh? But I HAVE the money... I'll pay a little more... please? No.... OK... other options.... I can get an Alesis Masterlink that does have a AES input and does 96k. Nice.... but I need to be able to hand clients reference CDs of their performance right after the concert is done. OK.... 2 hours of music... 2 cds.... Alesis only has a 4x burner in the Masterlink so it will take at LEAST 25 min per disc AND I have to do 2.... so.... my client should wait 45 min after the concert for a reference CD???? Not going to work...... OK.... maybe I can get a small digital mixer for my remote rig with a SPDIF output to match these crap new CD recorders. Maybe a Yamaha O1X... more flexibility.... I think... Oh.... wait.... I can't even find out what kind of I/O is included on their website or how it really works in stand alone mixer mode. Oh yeah... and this would be a $1500 solution to ONE MISSING AES INPUT ON A CDR RECORDER! OK.... moving on... maybe someone makes a nice little digital line mixer.... The Presonus Firestation is "SUPPOSED" to be a ADAT line mixer.... that could work for me. OK.... but when you use it in mixer mode inputs 1 &2 are tied together on one PAN and 3 & 4 are also tied together on one pan... oh... and did I mention there was NO PAN on the other channels? A mixer with no way to PAN individual channels? huh? Did I miss something here?? I'm doing stereo recording here... this setup doesn't work!! OK.... still looking.... how about one of those Roland digital line mixers.... Hmmm... inputs 1 & 2 are a least assigned automatically Left and Right. Better.... but what happens when you want something to be panned CENTER? Nope.... can't do that... sorry..... OK.... last chance... maybe a medium sized digital mixer.... an O1V 96? Lots of routing... nice... 96K... also nice. Oh wait... now I'm lugging around an extra 25lbs AND I just spent $2500 on a SOLUTION TO ONE MISSING AES INPUT ON A CD RECORDER! Yeah... OK.... does this make sense to anyone else? It seems like I'm constantly buying products to solve the shortcomings of other products. It's usually just ONE missing key feature.... Ya know what my solution is to this problem? I'm going to continue to use my old CD burner and I'm NOT BUYING ANYTHING NEW. Is that healthy for the industry? Ms. Valky Pissed off... Valkyrie Sound: http://www.vsoundinc.com Now at TSUTAYA USA: http://www.tsutayausa.com Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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