Well, ive had a really long think about this, and have concluded that im going to get...
I know, after all of the above.
But i had a really good
think about the way we work, and the one thing we were both very impressed with is the way
the zoom r16 is just turn on and go. Never used the alesis, but by all accounts im going
to have to spend a lot of time and money on the 8track. Neither of us are professional
musicians, so we havent got time to faff about with it. When we get an aftenoon to have a
play, it would be ncie to spend it playing rather than calibrating, or aligning, or
The fact that the alesis has 24 tracks, and a simple transfer to
pc/archive system, and the price of IDE hard drives these days just seals the deal
The thing is were both really happy with the sound were getting
just out of a 12 input desk and the zoom, the improvement with 24 tracks, with a recording
and dubbing phase is likely to be amazing.
It was almost akin to a midlife
crisis. I would have been insane. Ive never used, or even seen a real reel to reel (!), so
i wouldn't know what im buying. Or how to use, or maintain or... The difference in cost
between the two will be eaten up in tapes and one service in no time. And id have to come
up with a backup routine. I havent got the time and money to pour into it.
for now, im thinking record live > alesis : mixdown to PC (basically as a tape recorder),
will do for now. Possibly look into a nice stereo tape recorder in the future.
With all the plugins and UAD etc ive sold, and with cubase also to go, I should be
(just) able to afford an alesis andromeda (another dream machine) and the hd24... and be
skint for a few months.
I thank you all for our input and experience, its been
a very helpful exercise. Your input has been valuable. (Un?)fortunately, common sense
seems to have prevailed in this case.
Many thanks, regards