TIL that Nestle are still up to the same tricks they were at in the early 80’s, and may even be /more/ evil than they were back then, in spite of their weasel-words. Visitors will have to like whatever non-evil coffee I settle on, after some research. http://www.babymilkaction.org/
Thanks to the wonders of Ebay, and the help of the lovely Juliet, we now have (arrived, probably testing tomorrow) a second “Redeye” Layla 24/96, which, with the help of the, also lovely, Jonathan, in making up a short BNC-BNC “word lock” cable, will pair up with the existing Layla setup to give us 16 analog channels of pristine 24/96 audio loveliness, and another 16 digital channels of 24/48, which we will probably never use.
24 track tape never seemed to sound as good, to my (admittedly bat-like at times) ears as 16 track.
The thing was, I think, the width of the tape. Sure there were a few 3-inch 24T machines, but 3-inch tape was hard to find, and notorious for “twisting” at the capstan of the tape machine. 16 track, on tape, was always my ideal format, though I’ve never actually /used/ it. (I’ve used, and still own 1/2 inch 4 track (which sounds great, though (without dolby, which I’ve never used outside of of a “big” studio, and reluctantly within, as it seems to “do something” to the top end that I don’t like. As of course, do the cheaper variants, including my own (never used in anger) DBX box.). 1″ 8T has also been just fine.
Now we use digital, non-linear editing, virtual tracks etc. WHY ON EARTH would I ever want to use more that 16 tracks? Oh, of course. Mixdowns. Hopefully, by by which time, I will have aquired another Layla. (and a bigger console, as, apart from the Rank, which is a monster, all of the desks in my arsenal max out at 16 tracks. Idea is to flog a few (Tweed Audio, Trident, maybe one more…) and get a bigger version of the QM-1, using the one I have already for sidecar expansion and/or spares, after swapping in the nice preamps into the (probably newer, and less discrete/more op-amped) into half of the new desk.)
I may (if Cam will let me!) part with the Rank console too, though not many smaller players have the space in the control room for something that big, and probably would not want to take on a vintage analog modular with transformer balanced ins and outs for each pre-amp. Keeping desks will be the QM-1 (as above) and the Studiomaster (in the “spare” bedroom, with the UX-8 hooked up to it, for home demo’s experiments/etc.)
Oh, and I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, which, when medicated and under new (or any!) management, will probably mean that I feel a bit better. 🙂
We will return!