Post by jmoose on Jun 7, 2021 18:19:20 GMT -6
I think the answer is kind of the latter plus the ability to do analog summing on 16 channels instead of just the 8 I can do with the 500ADAT.
But looking at the MOTU 828es there's a great case to be made there. It checks the I/O boxes very nicely in a relatively low risk way. But man, the versatility of the Cranbornes is so appealing.
If you really want to get into 16+ channels of analog summing, that's the goal line... Question is do you really want to be doing it with Cranborne or would you rather have something like a Dangerous 2 bus? In terms of both workflow and having it tied to an interface or not.
Long term driver stability for Cranborne is absolutely a question. UAD? They're pretty established... been around a while and not going anywhere anytime soon.
Hardware is one thing. Real hardware will survive multiple OS & interface changes. There are a few things in my racks that I've had for nearly 20 years. If you get 5-7 years use out of an interface I think your doing pretty good!
Analog summing that's worth using can be a serious investment & long term commitment. Not to talk you out of it but just the experience.
I'm using an SSL X desk which gives me 20 inputs at mix... there are IIRC 56 patch points on the console alone. Plus converters, plus outboard gear... all tied with a 192 point patchbay. Its taken serious time (and bucks) plus at least two patchbay revisions to get things where they need to be.
One upshot is total routing flexibility. Can send anything anywhere and tackle any project that comes through. Another is that aside from the DAW & interface I'm 100% future proofed. The console & bays are fully independent, analog and not tied to the computer.