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Re: Favorite 4 channel deck under $700
« Reply #30 on: February 07, 2018, 01:51:16 PM »
Surprised at the USB interface restriction to only 4 channels out, wasn't aware of that.

If it had the ability to output all channels individually, which is my only remaining problem with it, I'd certainly move to the F8.  But that won't affect most users here at TS.

Can any of the recorders used in these parts do that?

Sure, R44, R88, DR-680 all provide individual outputs for each analog input.  R44 and DR-680 unbalanced via RCAs, R88 balanced via 8 XLRs.

The manual says:

"This is an 8-in/4-out connection mode for Mac/Windows and sends tracks 1–8 as separate signals"

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Re: Favorite 4 channel deck under $700
« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2018, 05:43:08 PM »
Okay, so not a USB restriction in and of itself, but analog input and output (via a USB computer connection or otherwise) remains dependant on the available hardware inputs (8 ) and outputs available (4) on the recorder.
 It can send all eight out to a computer over USB, but cannot output them as analog signals.

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Re: Favorite 4 channel deck under $700
« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2018, 06:21:35 PM »
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Re: Favorite 4 channel deck under $700
« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2018, 07:21:20 PM »
A buddy sold his mixpre3 recently. Said it was hyped up being the new kid on the block with lots of bells and whistles but the pre wasn't much better than an m10.

What mics was he using for his comparison?

The pre on the micpre3 and mixpre6 is not hype.

the m10 doesn't have p48 xlr preamps. So, as my Talmud teacher would say, "you're comparing noodles to potatoes." (as a polish Holocaust survivor, he saw both oranges and apples for the first time only after coming to America in the late 40's)

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Re: Favorite 4 channel deck under $700
« Reply #34 on: February 08, 2018, 12:07:56 AM »
I absolutely loved my Tascam DR-680mkii!   I only sold it because I got strapped for cash.  I then bought the Tascam DR-70D and it is about perfect (for all the reasons others have already mentioned).  Plus, I could set it and leave it without worry, and when that festival dust started blowing, I knew is would be easy to replace if anything happened to it.  BUT, I certainly began missing those channels 5/6 and 7/8 that the DR-680mkii provided.  2 mixed stereo pairs plus a soundboard is about perfect.  I received a MixPre6 as a christmas gift, so I haven't used my DR-70 while I get to know the mixpre6.  But, I can't seem to allow myself to sell the DR-70.  It's the perfect 2nd recorder, or primary under sketchy conditions.

All that said, you may be able to find a used Zoom F8 for around $700.
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Re: Favorite 4 channel deck under $700
« Reply #35 on: February 08, 2018, 12:11:21 AM »
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Re: Favorite 4 channel deck under $700
« Reply #36 on: February 08, 2018, 08:21:09 AM »
I absolutely loved my Tascam DR-680mkii!   I only sold it because I got strapped for cash.  I then bought the Tascam DR-70D and it is about perfect (for all the reasons others have already mentioned).  Plus, I could set it and leave it without worry, and when that festival dust started blowing, I knew is would be easy to replace if anything happened to it.  BUT, I certainly began missing those channels 5/6 and 7/8 that the DR-680mkii provided.  2 mixed stereo pairs plus a soundboard is about perfect.  I received a MixPre6 as a christmas gift, so I haven't used my DR-70 while I get to know the mixpre6.  But, I can't seem to allow myself to sell the DR-70.  It's the perfect 2nd recorder, or primary under sketchy conditions.

All that said, you may be able to find a used Zoom F8 for around $700.

I'm waiting to see if Marantz improves the loss of USB power and ZERO data written to a card issue with the PMD-706 but that's a 6-channel recorder in a box the size of the 70D.  If they can get that one issue resolved, that'd be the deck I'd point to and it sells for the same price as the 70D.  Apparently it's pres are quieter than the 70D as well.

I'm rebuilding and I'll either go with the 70D or the 706 depending on the one issue of concern.  To have six inputs is very helpful.

 

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