dansouth Posted January 30, 2001 Share Posted January 30, 2001 The AW4416 is great. Period. Uncompromised audio quality at an extremely low price point. And when that Waves card comes out, it will compete with the stuff that Mackie has had on the drawing board for five years. I've only had one issue with the unit. Ambient noise. It sounds like a vacuum cleaner - way too loud to use with open mics in my one room studio. For a long time, I suspected the fan and the hard drive, but I recently noticed that the noise seemed to be coming from the front of the unit. I opened the bottom of the unit and unplugged the power cable to the CD-RW drive, and voila! Whisper quiet! So I have some questions. Has anyone else experienced this kind of noise, or did I just get a bad CD-RW drive? Functionally it works fine, but it's as loud as Niagra Falls, even when there's no CD in there. http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/frown.gif I'm now faced with three choices. The first is to open the bottom of the unit and connect the CD-RW every time I need to save a file. I mix to a MasterLink, so I use the onboard CD-RW for backups only. The second choice is to try replacing the onboard unit. This assumes that the replacement will be quieter, which is a big assumption. The last choice is to buy an external SCSI CD-RW drive and turn it on only when I need it. I would have done this today, but the dealer doesn't stock these drives. Does anyone else use an external CD-RW drive for the AW4416? If so, what model is it and where did you buy it? Is it working reliably? Thanks in advance for your input. Excuse me while I go enjoy the sound of silence. http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/smile.gif Dan Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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