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Re: [ARSCLIST] Software for Mac
All true, Richard! I keep my 744T on top of the Studer meter bridge
when transferring, and monitor via the -10 minijack output, since I
have established that is is reliably clean and clear recording. Of
COURSE the analog parts are most important; I was just addressing the
computer and conversion parts.
I was forced to learn Protools while working in a studio in 1995 and
it was my first computer experience. At least I got to learn on the
job and get paid while learning, but Macs were the way to go back
then and I never have used a Windows PC. I only say I can't drive
Windows, never arguing which is better for others...
Good to hear about the soundcards, and for me, the 744 is wonderful
as I can transfer four track (consumer type) tapes from my four track
Sony both sides at once and reverse side B in the computer. Very
efficient for workflow! And the SD decks, whichever one chooses, are
reliable and extremely good sounding. I have the same thing going
with higher bitrates... No other choice.But rarely called for in my
Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio
On Oct 14, 2008, at 2:38 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
At 05:13 PM 2008-10-14, Lou Judson wrote:
In all of this computer audio, Mac or other, keep in mind that the
analog to digital conversion is vital and key to the resulting sound,
far more important than what DAW software you use to work with it
once in the computer. General pro audio wisdom says to have the A/D
convertor outside of the computer, not internal, and almost never use
the computer's internal soundcard for the conversion. Though there
may be no problem with what is inside your particular box.
If we're talking preservation reformatting of analog material, I'd
like to suggest that while what you say is important, I think that
the even greater challenge is getting proper playback in the analog
domain. There are so many things that one can do in the analog
playback stage that would totally eliminate the improvement gained
from a good sound card vs. the native audio card.
Also, there are two exceptions to the "box outside the computer"
rule that I'm aware of.
(a) The Digital Audio Labs CardDeluxe
(b) The Lynx series of internal cards
I do my conversions outside the box with a seriously upgraded Digi
002 box, or a separate
Sound Devices recorder. Using the external recorder with its
excellent A/D leaves the Mac free to work with files at the same
time. I personally almost never record directly into any computer any
more, just copy from flash cards. Way more efficient and multitasking
that way for me.
That is interesting that you mention this. I just had this
discussion last week with someone who came over for an extended
chat on archiving strategies. I suggested that the Sound Devices
702 might be the most economical way to get good A-D and hassle-
free recording that takes the computer and it's annoying
complexities out of the loop. Glad to see this is working for you!
I do know of someone who successfully uses Samplitude for multi-
track recording via something like Boot Camp on a Mac, but it seems
like another layer of software to me. I can see the attraction of
using one platform, but I have been so immersed in the PC world
since 1984 that I've never looked up. If I had a good reason to buy
a Mac (and FCP is perhaps a good reason someday), I don't think I'd
be afraid to do it.
Just to throw some names around of A-D converters, I'm quite
pleased with the RME Multiface II (as I was with the Multiface
before that -- and, in fact, my 16-track A-D is one of each). I am
less impressed with MOTU gear overall. I had the 8Pre and sold it,
but the 828MKII hasn't done anything horrid, although, overall, it
doesn't seem to be as user-friendly or as convenient to use as the
But, if you ONLY need two channels, I do think the Sound Devices as
an ingest station is really worth consideration. I have a 722 (with
hard drive) which I use for location recording, but I'm very
impressed. Find a suitable monitor for the workflow and just buy a
bag of CF cards and start cycling them through. It has a real
attraction, and that is simplicity.
Oh, and the SD is the only 192 ks/s converter I have at the moment,
so if someone wants their stereo tape converted at that sample
rate, I'll have no other option.
Richard L. Hess email: richard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX
Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.