Did you check out the Alesis Multimix FW 16?
A friend got the 8 channel Usb 1.1 versions, and is great. The one I posted has about the same features as the phonic I think.
I have also been researching the analog mixer/firewire interface combo. But I decided not to upgrade, until someone puts DA converters for all the channels. That way you can mix with your board using your pc only as a multitrack recorder and maybe for some plugins and FX.
I've been looking at mixers and interfaces and I can't find anything at anywhere near the price that offers as many features and capabilities. Is there any reason I shouldn't buy this board, sound quality, build quality, software, ect? Thanks for your input.
Brett R. Sanko
Anyways I think I'm gonna spend a bit more and get the MOTU 24I/O Core Computer Recording System for $1420 and a 16-24 channel anolog mixer insted I'm just curious how much I would have to pay for the mixer to reach a good bit of the potential of the interface. Could I get by with something cheap like the Behringer SL2442FXPRO Eurodesk 24-Channel Mixer($380)? Or would that be a waste of a good interface? I would eventually buy a good quality mic preamp for vocals and acoustic instruments.
The N12 looks awesome but I was thinking I'd like more inputs I'd like to be able to mic a whole band including the drum kit. But hey I'm totally new to this so I don't really know if this is even how it's done. Maybe I could have a seperate mixer for the drums or even just a preamp and mix several drum mics down to one track I don't know. I think I need to research technique a little more before deciding on equipment. I'd like to figure out how many inputs I really need. I'll most likely be recording rock bands but I have a lot of friends who are into a wide variety of music so I want to be flexible. I will definitely have a full drum kit(thinking of taking drum lessons myself), and also I have a 2 channel reel to reel that I would like to run the live mix to sometimes. Like you said I would only be using the mixer for the preamps and so I could route a mix to the reel to reel, my final mixing would be done on the computer. Is there a relatively inexpensive mixer that has good preamps that would work well the the Motu, or maybe the Yamaha would be the right solution for me? keep the comments coming I'm all ears.