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ADAT HD24 vs. Mackie SDR 24/96


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Well... the latest advertised price for the Mackie SDR 24/96 has dropped to $1,299 (AMS). Remember, this is their bottom-of-the-line HDR without the GUI. It has only the basic edit functions. There are, however, a few things that the ads promise that the software rev. can't yet deliver (go to americanmusical.com, find the SDR page, and click on the "product update" (or whatever it's called) pdf link to see. Bothe come with ADAT & analog I/O (DB-25 on the Mackie); the Alesis seems to have more sync options. BTW, d gauss -- where did you find the ADAT for $1,600? Anyone have any clue as to how the converters sound compared to the Alesis? I'm not looking for extensive editing capabilities (I'll do that in my Mac); I just want a reliable, relatively inexpensive 24-track 24-bit HD recorder. Thanks again!

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[quote] Anyone have any clue as to how the converters sound compared to the Alesis? I'm not looking for extensive editing capabilities (I'll do that in my Mac); I just want a reliable, relatively inexpensive 24-track 24-bit HD recorder. [/quote]From what I have read, the converters in the SDR aren't the greatest. I believe it was designed with the project studio in mind. If cost is your biggest factor, I guess the ADAT is the way to go. If you are so inclined you may want to look for a (now discontinued) MDR. Even though Mackie isn't making them anymore, they say they will continue to support it. Just my 2 cents....
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Reason NOT to buy the RADAR recorder [url=http://www.musicgearnetwork.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=2;t=004735] Can’t easily transfer RADAR files.[/url] So I don’t think that’s a good option since you’ll be going to the Mac to edit. I don’t own one but my choice would be the ADAT. Sly :cool:
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[quote]Originally posted by Groovepusher Sly: [b]Reason NOT to buy the RADAR recorder [url=http://www.musicgearnetwork.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=2;t=004735] Can’t easily transfer RADAR files.[/url] [/b][/quote]That goes for the "Otari" Radar II. The "IZ" Radar 24 is a lot more compatible in that respect. Go to [url=http://www.recordingtheworld.com]www.recordingtheworld.com[/url] for more info. Having said that, I'm using a Radar II and a Mac. I use a MOTU 2408 mkII interface for digital transfers to/from the Mac (this solution also gives me 24 more tracks and ADAT connectivity, should the need ever arise...). With the new 2408 mkIII released, a mkII can probably be had real cheap. /Mats

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