Suggestions for expanding RME Babyface

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SuburbanThug
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Suggestions for expanding RME Babyface

Post by SuburbanThug » Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:18 pm

Hey guys. Looking to add some more inputs and outputs to my RME via ADAT for plugging in mainly synths however the RME offering (Octo-something) is a bit on the expensive side for me right now. The Art TubeOpto8 seems like a cool option. What are you guys on a budget using to plug in your synths and route effects?

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Re: Suggestions for expanding RME Babyface

Post by Stevejaz » Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:42 pm

I was in the same boat a year or so ago and the cheapest option I found was a Behringer unit for about 1/4-1/3 the price of the RME. Mind you I wanted it more for mics and instruments. In the end I went for the Presonus RM16, one of the biggest reasons being the fact that as well as the 16 mic pres it has a further 16 digital inputs and functions as a 32 channel mixer with iPad control. Add to that 8 ( usable as 4 stereo pairs) aux outs for monitor mix sends, each individually controllable via individual wifi phone control and it's a no brainer for live use. Over kill still for my current needs but I can walk into my music room and play whatever I want any time I feel inspired. V-drums, guitar,Bass, various software synths on various controllers, vocals, whatever.
I found one of the biggest variables with price was the quality of the mic pre amps. The Babyface is still the best I have and the Octopre just gives more of the same. Behringer is..... well, Behringer. The Presonus is probably somewhere between.
Probably the biggest reason I went with the RM16 though was the deal on offer at the time. Heavy discount as there was a change in importer here in Australia and I picked up one from the old importer at a good price. It also came with some good free software, mixer, multitrack recorder etc etc.
I guess the point in what I'm saying is that instead of adding to the Babyface I chose to replace it, while still keeping the Babyface of course. I still use it as a portable sound card for times when one or 2 channels is enough, or when I want to record using the best sound card I have. The other is my permanent studio set up and what I use for larger PA and live recording. One fact that may or may not be relevant to you is that although the Babyface can be buss powered most multi channel inputs are not.

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Re: Suggestions for expanding RME Babyface

Post by granted » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:21 pm

Behringer ADA8200 : It's cheap and it works. My previous unit was an ADA8000 and it lasted about 10 years.
I don't use the ADA8200 with mics. I just use it with synths,samplers,etc.

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Re: Suggestions for expanding RME Babyface

Post by buzby » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:52 pm

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Re: Suggestions for expanding RME Babyface

Post by SuburbanThug » Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:06 am

I'm entered to win! Just found the ADI-8 by RME and a used one could be a decent solution. Also found these nodded Behringer ADA8000's by Revive Audio that are probably the best bang for buck solution.

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