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Audio/MIDI I/O Rack

Audio/MIDI I/O Rack

These 3 devices (along with 2 Philip Rees MIDI selectors and a MIDI Thru unit) provide all the MIDI and audio inputs/outputs to the computer. The AMT-8 is rock solid when used with Logic Pro with regards timing, no matter how hard you ask it to work! The Akai MIDI patchbay is a leftover from a past setup really and is only used to split MIDI inputs into a lot more outputs.

The MOTU 828mkII is an excellent audio interface that is connected to the computer using Firewire. I have all its analogue input/outputs hooked up to the mixing desk and the S/PDIF digital ins/out are hooked up to the DAT recorder. The headphone output is also put to use sometimes as an additional stereo out, it is of high quality (like the whole unit) and is useful as an Aux send out of Logic to my 'real' FX rack.
When I'm doing a final mix-down, the main mix from the desk is recorded using a balanced input pair on the 828 and then onto the computer at 24bit/44.1Khz. I like to think I have fairly good ears, and using higher sample rates for dance music is simply a waste of time if it's only going to end up on CD. After all, these mixes were intended for humans, not bats!