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Hey friends,

I have started to migrate my composition PC "farm" to MADI.

My current setup uses the maximum of 12 stereo inputs into my DAW via the RME HDSP9656 card (three Adat inputs = 24 mono channels). I was running into track limits with this setup and also wanted to have more separate outputs groups from my three Gigastudio PCs.

So I decided to take the plunge and start building a new DAW (quadcore) and later use the current DAW as fourth GigaStudio PC. I am also in the process of rebuilding all the PCs into very nice silent 19" Antec Take 3 cases. I read somewhere that using a QuadCore with the RME MADI card is faster than a ProTools HD system! The new DAW ("Maximus") has a 500 Gb Raid 1 data drive. For video I use a silent GeForce card to drive my two new Samsung 22" screens and hope to add a beamer in the coming months.

I can't wait to have it all working! This will surely be a very professional setup, with up to 32 stereo input channels in the Cubase mixer.

Cheers!

Peter

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Comment by Dave Klotz on December 16, 2007 at 1:43pm
Thanks Chris.

I have been happily mixing realtime over ADAT for several years now, almost exactly as you describe. My main concern, (as I am upgrading), is future recalls as the system becomes more complex. Believe me, I am most happy to avoid the extra time, processing power and file size of converting to audio.

In answer to your question, I Believe MADI transmits up to 64 mono (44/48) over a single line!

Regards and happy holidays,

Dave Klotz
Comment by Dave Klotz on December 16, 2007 at 1:43pm
Thanks Chris.

I have been happily mixing realtime over ADAT for several years now, almost exactly as you describe. My main concern, (as I am upgrading), is future recalls as the system becomes more complex. Believe me, I am most happy to avoid the extra time, processing power and file size of converting to audio.

In answer to your question, I Believe MADI transmits up to 64 mono (44/48) over a single line!

Regards and happy holidays,

Dave Klotz
Comment by Peter Emanuel Roos on December 16, 2007 at 12:35pm
That's cool Dave!

If I can help you with any tips, please contact me.

Happy music making and happy holidays!

Peter
Comment by Dave Klotz on December 16, 2007 at 12:28pm
Thanks Peter!

I am in the process of expanding myself, and am ever curious about the efficiency of my process compared to others. It appears our techniques are similar.

Thanks for the info!

Regards
Dave Klotz
Comment by Peter Emanuel Roos on December 16, 2007 at 12:19pm
Hi Dave,

This is my setup: I control 3 Gigastudio PCs via MidiOverlan and have their audio outputs returned via Adat cables into the mixer of Logic 5.5.1 / Cubase 4.

The Giga PCs use a low latency of 3 msec and the DAW has a latency of 6 msec. I can thus play in realtime and simply bounce my mixes to stereo from my DAW.

With Madi, the DAWs latency will be 1,5 msec.

I also have a dedicated reverb PC, which (via FX-Teleport) has a latency of around 10 msec.

Let me know if you have more questions on my setup.

Cheers!

Peter
Comment by Dave Klotz on December 16, 2007 at 12:10pm
Sorry,

I currently use only 1 giga slave, and run my mixes as "live" midi. With more slaves, I imaging this would be a less realistic option.

My question, rephrased, is do you tend to commit your slave outputs to audio on your main daw before mix?

Regards,
Dave
Comment by Peter Emanuel Roos on December 16, 2007 at 11:47am
Thanks guys,

@Dave: I'm not sure I understand your question...

Cheers,

Pete
Comment by Dave Klotz on December 16, 2007 at 11:35am
Sounds great!

Q: Do you generally commit your giga groups to audio in cubase b4 mix?

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