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    Hey all,

    Noting that there are hundreds of "better" routes to go here, pretend the following items are like mystery basket ingredients on an episode of CHOPPED that you have to use to make a functional set-up. Assuming an assortment of microphones and cables, where would you go next to get this board routed through to a DAW (including the workstation, any PCIe cards, other gear etc.)? The items below landed in my lap and I'm giving myself a "fun" challenge of making a functional home recording set-up using these items. Again, I'm well aware that I could get something "better, cheaper, easier, etc." so we're doing this for kicks and grins. It's my guess that the Tascam DA-30 Mk II ADAT unit is going to be the most useless/superfluous piece here and that my focus will be largely on the Tascam M-1508 mixer and MOTU 2408 Mk II I/O. Pictures below for reference from internetland. Thanks in advance

    Tascam DA-30 Mk II
    Tascam M-1508
    MOTU 2408 Mk II

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    Tascam DA-30 Mk II
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    Tascam M-1508
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    MOTU 2408 Mk II
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    I think it depends entirely on what you are trying to record. The MOTU and some drivers and software are really all you need..., the tascam mixer can be useful for submixing to get more inputs if necessary. While there is nothing wrong with using the DA, in this scenario it is just kind of a door stop IME.
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    Yes, skip the DAT machine.

    Get an 8-channel RCA-TS snake and a dual RCA-TS cable. Go from the direct outs of the 1508 to the inputs of the 2408 and from the first two outputs of the 2408 to Effect Return 1 of the 1508.

    Press all the channel D. Out buttons but none of the main channel assign (1/L-2/R, 3-4) buttons. Set all of the channel Tape buttons out and all of the Dual channels to Tape/Line. Set the Dual Master and Effect Return 1 to 1/L-2/R. Disable the DAW's input monitoring.

    The Dual path is your input monitoring. The channel eq and faders control what you're recording. Effect Return 1 is the playback from the DAW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gtoboy View Post
    The MOTU and some drivers and software are really all you need...
    The MOTU is line level. The mixer is needed for the mic preamps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouldersoundguy View Post
    The MOTU is line level. The mixer is needed for the mic preamps.
    True dat- I totes spaced on that!~
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    Quote Originally Posted by whome View Post
    Why would I do that?

    Is this a promotion for TASCAM?
    Presumably it's free gear. He could make a pretty decent recording rig out of it. I happen to use a Tascam M-2600 Mk II and a MOTU 2408 Mk II + 24i. It all works quite well.

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    Hi, and welcome to HR!

    The Motu, as far as I know, does not have firewire : It's "Audiowire" and needs their 324/424 pci card.
    If the card is available, and you have computer that can take it, I'd use that as the interface and the mixer as 8 preamps feeding it.

    If it's not available/you can't source one then the only real option for a working setup, without additional gear, is just to take the mixer stereo out to the computer via line in, or something.
    The DAT doesn't really fit into the picture, if you're wanting to get everything into a computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steenamaroo View Post
    The DAT doesn't really fit into the picture, if you're wanting to get everything into a computer.
    About the only thing I've used my DAT for a few times the last 20 years...was to run a side signal into it so I can use the big horizontal meters on the DAT, which are easy to see from a distance.

    DAT said... ...I no longer even have it in my racks. I needed the space, and the decision to pull the DAT took about 1.2 seconds.

    It's still a beautiful looking piece of gear...the back has just about every kind of connection and signal format one could want....too bad there is no use for it.

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    I like that! Nice idea.

    It's an awful shame seeing some of these big lumps of once-expensive equipment lying around doing nothing but what can you do.
    I binned a pair of nice clean da80s a few years back because I literally couldn't even give them away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steenamaroo View Post
    I like that! Nice idea.

    It's an awful shame seeing some of these big lumps of once-expensive equipment lying around doing nothing but what can you do.
    I binned a pair of nice clean da80s a few years back because I literally couldn't even give them away.
    This upsets me as they make very good foot stools for guitarists.
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