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Old 09-11-2003, 04:12 PM
theboat theboat is offline
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Default HHB 830+ verses Alesis Masterlink

Hello all.

Just wanted to get some opinions. Our studio (The Boat) is based around an old custom Neve and an HD3 system with an Apogee big ben. We have outboard DATs, and we can only currently burn CDs from the internal CD burner on our Mac. When someone wants a rough mix or a regular mix of something, we record back into Pro Tools and then burn a CD from the computer. As some of you may know, this can take some time, especially if the session is anything but 44.1.

We are looking at getting either an HHB 830 plus or an Alesis Masterlink. Just wanted to get opinions from people who have these. There are obvious advantages and disadvantages to both

HHB pro-- can record in real time, keep a CD running at all times during session, word clock input, simplicity --
con-- lacks the advanced storage features of Masterlink

Masterlink Pros -- can store all kinds of different mixes and recall them at different times throughout a project -- can burn data or audio

cons-- no real time burning, 4x max burner

We mostly do tracking sessions, but sometimes we have projects that are tracked and mixed at the studio. I suppose another thing about the way we work is that if we are going to print a final mix, we would probably do it back into Pro Tools anyway due to a better clock and converters.

Anyway, just want to get some opinions from people who have used both. Maybe there are other issues I'm not aware of (Reliability, support?)

Thanks in advance

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