Hi, I have spent a while planning my setup and buying gear. The more recent idea was that i need to spread the sounds across a number of machines so that i can multitrack all of the individual parts simultaneously which in theory will allow me to become much more productive.
I initially bought an 8 input interface (M Audio M Track 8) but have since decided that its not really enough inputs (i reckon i can make do with 12)
This has led me to the Zoom Livetrack L-12. Its a digital mixer that can record 12 channels at once to an SD card (no computer needed!) Or can be used as an audio interface. The inputs are all on the front which is vastly more preferable for me than the rack interface i have where theyre all at the back. This mixer, for a few days, appeared to be the perfect answer for my problem.
Then i came across a mackie mixer on Ebay. The 1642VLZ4 is beautiful. The routing options would allow me to record selected inputs seamlessly to my octatrack or another sampler through a send. Ill be able to drive the preamps if i want as its a proper analogue mixer. It has 8 direct outputs that can be flexibly routed to which i guess could go straight in to my M audio interface. This method will take much more thought to use, will give me less control over the individual tracks and probably makes no sense whatsoever when im trying to streamline the recording process and make it easy to finish tracks and be happy with them. Theyre really very different things and would be very different approaches to recording.
Who has used these mackie mixers? People who multitrack record their music from various boxes what insight can you give? The L-12 doesnt record any EQ to the individual files so it feels pointless even being in mixer format.
SHOULD i buy both and run one into the other??? Lol why am i such a daft bastard. Thanks for reading if you got this far. I really appreciate any thoughts shared, cheers.