> Subject: New digital recorder with old board.
> The college administration isn't in a hurry to give us
> lots of money to update the production studio, but they just
> -- miraculously -- approved the purchase of a TASCAM DA88
> (digital 8-track) recorder. The unit was ordered with a sin-
> gle unit controller, RC808. I wasn't involved in the deci-
> sion making process to buy the recorder, but it looks like
> it's something we'll be able to use for many years. I
> expect delivery in a few weeks.
> Now the challenging part. The audio console in the
> production room is an old Arrakis 500SC on-air (post-
> production) board. It may be a year, or more, before we get
> enough nerve to even ask the school for a production board.
> I don't have much experience in muli-track radio production,
> but it seems like it would be difficult to exploit the bene-
> fits of the 8-track connected to the old "air" board.
> Are there any creative -- and hopefully cheap -- ways
> to configure the two? Perhaps, a cheap unbalanced sub-
> mixer, distribution amplifier, patch-bays . . .
> Any information or discussion from an "engineering" or
> "functional" point of view would be appreciated.
> Thank you.
1. Think of the 8 track as 4 2-track recorders operating in tandem. Hook
the output of the console to the recorder as follows: Left to 1,3,5,7;
Right to 2,4,6,8. Hook the outputs from the recorder (in stereo pairs)
to the 'B' inputs on the console. i.e.: Ch 1 & 2 to console input 3B;
Ch. 3 & 4 to console input 4B, etc. (this is assuming that inputs 1 &
2 are dedicated mic inputs you don't want to share).
2. This arrangement has a lot of advantages - primarily ease of use by
those with no multitrack production experience. It also has a number of
disadvantages - primarily the lack of any pan function, and the need to
tie up 2 channels for purposes such as voice-overs & sound effects that
could easily be recorded on 1 channel. However, think about what the unit
will be used for: producing promos & IDs, possibly simple music recording
projects, etc. These really don't require the efficent use of all 8 tracks.
Just a starting point. Good luck. Call me if you want. I'm pretty good at
the efficent use of marginal resources & the Arrakis console is as marginal
a resource as you're likely to find. I know - I deal with 2 of them every
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