Any suggestions on a mixer for my drums?10 separate inputs is a lot. If you got a separate mixer to mix down a few tracks (e.g. mix your drums down to two), that would give you a lot more options. There are plenty of 8 channel interfaces. However, if you absolutely need 10, Presonus makes 16 channel mixer/interfaces around $2000: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SLM164AI
Or you can save some money by buying two of the Presonus Firestudio interfaces (I think they are about $400 each). Presonus lets you daisy-chain multiple firewire interfaces together. According to this page you can get up to 52 channels: http://www.presonus.com/products/firestudio-project
Note that this works for firewire only, NOT USB. I'm not sure if other manufacturers support the firewire daisy-chain or not, but I am pretty sure there is a limitation of USB that absolutely will not allow it.
I'm strongly considering the Zoom R16 route. Problem is we can only record 8 simultaneous tracts. We want to record as we play without adding tracks later. Here's what we have.Do you need a mixer?
I know Bo Eder swears by the Zoom R16. I can see its advantages.
What is your precise budget? That really helps narrow down the field.
Yeah, in that case you could run your drums into a little mixer and create a submix that goes to the last 2 recording tracks you have as a stereo mix. You can't adjust the volume of each drum mic separately after recording, which kinda sucks. However, mess around with volume and get it "good enough" and it will work fine for recording rehearsals and whatnot.I'm strongly considering the Zoom R16 route. Problem is we can only record 8 simultaneous tracts. We want to record as we play without adding tracks later. Here's what we have.
I was hoping to use 4 mics (and 4 channels). Keys, and both vocals go through the PA.
What do people do in this situation?