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Old 05-28-2018, 10:32 AM
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Default Broken 003 Console, What are Replacement Options?

I have a sick 003 console on my hands— (sick like "unhealthy", not like “awesome”) which has firewire issues and is basically unusable at this point. I can test other FW gear on my Mac— hard drives and such-- and it seems fine. I’ve swapped cables— same issue no matter which cable. The 003 usually won’t show up at all, but if it does, it quickly vanishes. Link light on back and on front of the 003 come and go. I’m assuming I have a bad firewire port (or daughter board, or whatever) in the 003. Are these repairable? Even if they are, I need a fast solution— I could buy a used 003, and possibly risk a similar failure, but what are my alternatives?

Here is my setup: right now I’m using an Early 2011 MB Pro as follows:

2.2GHz i7 MB Pro
16GB RAM
1TB SSD (internal)
OS 10.11.6

Pro Tools is currently:
v. 12.5.2.511

I love the look of some of the PreSonus consoles, especially the Studio Live CS 18AI, but I’ve never tried one out, and honestly, I’m not clear which (if any) of these consoles might work. I can't seem to find a list or guideline, so I'm somewhat clueless as to what I need to try now.

I prefer a built-in interface and mic pre’s on the console, because I don’t have a ton of space, though I would like to have 16 channels available at once for mixing without jumping back-and-forth. My brain doesn’t like working with too few faders at once, and I do very much want to retain the moving faders, if possible.

More inputs are a good thing, but generally I’m working with 1 or 2 inputs at once, and mainly building projects a track or two at a time, so I’m not needing 16 mics in at once or such-- at least not right now— I just need more workspace with more faders in front of me at once, if possible.

I’m willing to upgrade to PT 2018, if needed, though PT 12 is working fine for me right now. I just need to figure out a console / interface solution, and quickly.

Suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-29-2018, 12:19 PM
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Default Re: Broken 003 Console, What are Replacement Options?

For an all-in-one solution, there is nothing other than another 003(and I would not be shy about buying one). As for the failure, its pretty rare outside of operator error(plugging or unplugging the FW cable with everything ON is the usual cause of FW failure) That's a lesson I learned the hard(IOW "expensive") way. For someone with micro-soldering equipment and skill, its about a $5 part. It was a $327 repair for me(5 years ago) at an authorized Avid service shop(allproelectronics.com in Nashville, TN).

Back to other options, how much of the control surface do you actually use? If its mostly Transport and faders, you could use any interface with a Presonus Faderport8(or 16). For me, its mostly Transport, so the little Faderport covers that(and quick-punch) nicely for around $100(my solution when I jumped to HD/Native). This opens you up to dozens of interface options
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