Wintersun Project wrote: its been panned for years for god knows why
I must be hanging out in the wrong forums, because I don't see much criticism of the old 02R, apart from occasional comments about the quality of the mic pre-amps, which to be honest, I probably couldn't hear anyway!
I was so lucky to have used one of these things shortly after they came out.
£7K for a digital desk with so many facilities, including moving faders was a very cheap digital desk.
In those days this was a big game changer, as the trendies now say!
We used one daily in a post production facility, where it was used 7 days a week and most of those days were more than 8 hours.
We initially looked on it as a new toy because of it's price.
But it quickly became my favourite desk because it was so reliable - we worked it VERY hard -and it was very flexible in terms of routing, sync abilities, auto mix facilities, build in FX, the ability to save desk set-ups, mixes etc via MIDI, etc. etc.
The OS did take a little getting used to, but once you cracked it, it was easy. We had another system costing much, much more than the Yamaha. The "little" Yamaha showed it up so often!
After 9 years of hard service, we changed the gear in our rooms, and the natural choice was another Yamaha, this time an 02R96, and a DM2000. The old 02R was sold on, still working perfectly.
I was working with it one night, recording an auto mix, when the power cut for a few seconds.
The desk rebooted, and when it came "on line" again, it was still syncing against timecode and hadn't lost my mix up to that point. Amazing piece of kit.