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Multitrack Recorder for on location session

Posted: Sat May 19, 2007 5:50 am
by Architecture
Something I have been trying to get started this summer is to record local bands in my area, and one of the services that I want to offer is on location recording. For this, I have been using my Tascam 424 Portastudio MK II, which is starting to break down on me. I also wanted an alternative to recording on cassette tape, and also have more than 4 tracks for recording.

I was thinking of getting the Roland VS-1680 multitrack recorder. I have seen them for really cheap on ebay, and I was wondering what alternatives you guys would recommend?

Im looking around at least 8 tracks with at least 4 inputs.

Posted: Sat May 19, 2007 5:58 am
by wiss
why not record right off the main mixer????

Posted: Sat May 19, 2007 7:01 am
by Architecture
wiss wrote:why not record right off the main mixer????
You mean use the PortaStudio's inputs and output the mix to another recorder? That could work, but I would like to do discrete multi-track recording to maintain the highest fidelity, since I'll be charging for these services (albeit for a very low price, since Im mostly doing this for the experience).

it is a good idea though.

Actually, its a brillant idea. I can then do on location recordings on reel to reel, and I plan to buy a TEAC 4300 soon, which is a stereo deck.

I was originally thinking of a Roland VS 1680, 16 tracks at 24 bit (even though the converters are 20 bit, I can't hear the difference between 24 and 16 bits).

Posted: Sat May 19, 2007 2:15 pm
by tallowwaters
korg d888 has 8 tracks of simultaneous recording, and is clean as s**t.

Posted: Sat May 19, 2007 4:57 pm
by piRoN
clean as s**t.
Tallow... that's a really bad analogy.

Posted: Sat May 19, 2007 5:33 pm
by wiss
Architecture wrote:
wiss wrote:why not record right off the main mixer????
You mean use the PortaStudio's inputs and output the mix to another recorder? That could work, but I would like to do discrete multi-track recording to maintain the highest fidelity, since I'll be charging for these services (albeit for a very low price, since Im mostly doing this for the experience).

it is a good idea though.

Actually, its a brillant idea. I can then do on location recordings on reel to reel, and I plan to buy a TEAC 4300 soon, which is a stereo deck.

I was originally thinking of a Roland VS 1680, 16 tracks at 24 bit (even though the converters are 20 bit, I can't hear the difference between 24 and 16 bits).
if your recording them at a live gig, just let they sound guy know and take his mix and dump it into your recording device

Posted: Sun May 20, 2007 4:22 am
by tallowwaters
piRoN wrote:
clean as s**t.
Tallow... that's a really bad analogy.
ah, you aussies gotta eaze up. over here, everything is s**t.

that lasagna was as good as s**t!
its actually a compliment.


okay, okay. it sounds clean as h**l. because you know h**l is all about order, white walls, etc.

Posted: Mon May 21, 2007 6:09 am
by piRoN
ah, you aussies gotta eaze up.
Mate, if we eased up any more we'd stop breathing. ;)

Posted: Mon May 21, 2007 6:15 am
by Architecture
Piron, don't you use a Roland VS 1680?

Posted: Mon May 21, 2007 6:24 am
by piRoN
VS-1824CD, the big brother of the 1680. I've lugged it around to some live recording situations but it's a bit of overkill for that, really. It's a fairly complete recording/mixing solution.

If you can get an 880 or 1680 cheap though, they'll certainly cover your needs, and then some.

Posted: Mon May 21, 2007 6:28 am
by Architecture
piRoN wrote:VS-1824CD, the big brother of the 1680. I've lugged it around to some live recording situations but it's a bit of overkill for that, really. It's a fairly complete recording/mixing solution.

If you can get an 880 or 1680 cheap though, they'll certainly cover your needs, and then some.
The VS 1680 seems to offer a big punch for the price, the only thing being the stupidly small HD space, but thats upgradable to about 16gb. I wish it offered a way for me to import all of the sound to my computer track by track for further processing.

Posted: Mon May 21, 2007 6:44 am
by piRoN
There is indeed a way to do just that (at least with the VS-1824CD). You can get a program and Reaper plugin that'll let you open up multitrack V-Studio CD backups. It works a treat, and Reaper is a fantastic program for editing and mixing in.

I'm at work at the moment, but I'll find the link later on for you.

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 10:00 am
by piRoN