I finally went for the Quantum 4848.
I've done the 1st full band recording session with it this weekend, and so far all I can say is... FAST FAST FAST.
monitoring through cubase @64 samples, with Soundtoys little plate and Cubase stereo delay as tracking verb/slap. Cubase was displaying overall latency as 1.40 ms or so. I dont remember but the numbers were already good per se.
routing wise: I had prepared a JDK 8Mx2 (8 preamps with mixing capabilities) to sum 2 kick mics and 2 snare mics, just to try (I was also recording the single mics) as I was also using it for first time in a recording session. I decided to try how fast would be summing these 2-2 in cubase after some corrective EQ, out of the Quantum as a mono feed to a Klark Teknik EQP and back to Cubase.
listening there was no apparent latency to my ears; then I zoomed in to see the waveforms and the gap after 3 trips through the converters plus all the routing in cubase was more or less similar to the gap between snare top and snare bottom
at this point I got bold as you can understand
, and yesterday for guitar overdubs I tried to go a bit further just for the fun of it:
guitar --> amp head --> UAD OX box, one of the output asas DI output (we'd been using the other output Saturday morning to track the whole band) --> converter in to get the DI'd head track ---> converter out to a power stage ---> guitar cab with 2 mics ----> converter in, some corrective EQ in both tracks, sum to mono ----> converter out----> outboard EQ ---> converter in
total: 5 trips through the converter, and I can assure the feel playing that guitar and hearing on headphones was absolutely real time playing for me (I tried it myself during lunch break)
I can't talk on the sound quality yet. for the moment all I can say is I havent heard anything "better" or "worse" than with my previous converters (UA apollos), but I still havent spent much time mixing with the new interface.
to sum up, so far very impressed with the Quantum: everything is easy, everything is "there", you only have to focus in your Cubase windows and your patching.
1st time with an analog pres + converters configuration after being with Apollos for a few years, and it is also the 1st time I dont have any "why there is no sound here" problem in a session.