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NAMM Coverage--What Do You Want To See?

Hey everybody--
As the years have gone on and more and more outlets are covering the NAMM show each year, we thought it would be a good idea to take the pulse of the community and find out what you like and don't like about the way NAMM is covered, not only by HC but in general. Obviously, we want to do more of the former and less of the latter.

For several years now, the focus has been on producing the short, from-the-floor demos and product overviews with folks from each manufacturer. Sometimes quantity is placed above quality, but the goal has always been to show you as much of the show and new products as possible.

Oftentimes, producing so many videos means late nights in the hotel room with room service, editing and rendering until the wee hours. As you probably know, there's a whole other side to NAMM, which is what goes on after hours at private events and parties, and our focus on show-floor videos means we really don't take part in any of that.

So, we're putting it to you. When NAMM rolls around in January, what's going to get you excited and make you feel like you're part of the action? Continue to crank out product vids? Less video, more photographs? After-hours coverage? Celebrity encounters/performances? Let us know!

We welcome your thoughts and suggestions and are looking forward to Harmony Central being the premier destination for NAMM coverage in 2015.
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  • #31






    Quote Originally Posted by ModmanQ6
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    No, I'm wondering specifically about the direct headphone mixes. Each unit, the R700 and the Octa Capture provide either 1 or up to 4 mixes (OC) of their 8 inputs. I want to know if their combined 16 inputs can be mixed in a single direct headphone monitoring mix (or 4 via the Ocata Capture's new upgraded abilities). My fear is that they are going to remain independent of each other's direct mixes and the accumulated 16 channels will have to be run through the outputs of the softwar with latency from the long round trip.




    The direct mixes remain independent for each interface, however, one could serve as a sub-mixer for the other and latency would not be a problem. For example, you could assign the Octa-Capture direct mix out to outputs 7/8, then patch these into two inputs for the V-700R and you could use those with the V-700R direct mixer. This would mean giving up two V-700R inputs, but as it's expanded with the O-C anyway, you probably would have enough inputs.
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    • #32
      Would this be considered a nice upgrade from my EMU 1820M? The concern I have is all my bass recordings have that "wooly" bottom end (all basses I have run thru it). I saw a post in this review stating the same issue which I gather is a result of it being a low to mid end preamps.

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      • #33






        Quote Originally Posted by jazzbass12
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        Would this be considered a nice upgrade from my EMU 1820M? The concern I have is all my bass recordings have that "wooly" bottom end (all basses I have run thru it). I saw a post in this review stating the same issue which I gather is a result of it being a low to mid end preamps.




        I don't think you can go wrong here. I just ordered one today! Craig's review was extremely helpful in deciding on the OC. I'm upgrading from a 1616m.

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        • #34






          Quote Originally Posted by Guitarpima
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          I don't think you can go wrong here. I just ordered one today! Craig's review was extremely helpful in deciding on the OC. I'm upgrading from a 1616m.




          I think I'm going to get the O-C to replace my 1820m. It's served me well for many, many years, so no diss on something designed that long ago that's still viable. But I also wouldn't mind reclaiming the PCI card slot, either.
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          • #35
            Anyone try this on a mac?If so, how is the latency/performance.Been looking at this or RME Babyface(after I sell my 002r of course), kinda tired of firewire and it seems usb2 is finally here to stay.

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            • #36
              Great review! I'm thinking of buying one myself...



              Could you or anyone else post some recordings of acoustic guitar done with the octacapture? A few seconds would do it.



              Do you consider the preamp gain enough here? I see others advertise at least 60... Sorry if this sounds dumb but I'm a noob



              Another thing, the compressor... What's the use of having one here, if it only works after A/D? Live sound? Any other use for it?





              Thanks.

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              • #37






                Quote Originally Posted by Anderton
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                I think I'm going to get the O-C to replace my 1820m. It's served me well for many, many years, so no diss on something designed that long ago that's still viable. But I also wouldn't mind reclaiming the PCI card slot, either.




                I've had mine for a few days now and I can say, "what's an E-MU?" lol! I noticed a difference the moment I first played something through it.



                Great bit of kit!

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                • #38






                  Quote Originally Posted by jazzbass12
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                  Would this be considered a nice upgrade from my EMU 1820M? The concern I have is all my bass recordings have that "wooly" bottom end (all basses I have run thru it). I saw a post in this review stating the same issue which I gather is a result of it being a low to mid end preamps.




                  Hey, if you are referring to my earlier statements, I would not really say that the octa-capture sounds wooly at all. My bass is set up to be pretty smooth/wooly on its own due to the pickups and strings I have on it. The Octa-capture has what I would call a clarity around the low end, but I do find that it can make my particular bass jump out from other instruments in a mix more than I want it to, since the low end is standing out and tends to be kind of widely separated from the other instruments I have available to record atm (acoustic guitar, voice, synthesizer).

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                  • #39






                    Quote Originally Posted by gjk12040
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                    Have you already done the graph thing with the VS700r that you own? Is there any differences at all?




                    Craig, if it's not too much a pain in the @ss I'd like to know this info too. Would it be possible?

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                    • #40






                      Quote Originally Posted by jazzbass12
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                      Would this be considered a nice upgrade from my EMU 1820M? The concern I have is all my bass recordings have that "wooly" bottom end (all basses I have run thru it). I saw a post in this review stating the same issue which I gather is a result of it being a low to mid end preamps.




                      I just upgraded from a 1616m and it is not in the same class as the OC. I pluged my bass direct to the OC and it sounds great. I was very pleased with the sound and surprised that the compressor is as transparent as it is. I was never able to go direct with my E-MU. I never thought it sounded good. The OC on the other hand, amazing.

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                      • #41
                        ...and this just in: If the Octa-Capture is too rich for your budget, Roland introduced the Quad-Capture at Musikmesse:






                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrdpRLyAXas
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                        • #42






                          Quote Originally Posted by midimonk v3
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                          Anyone try this on a mac?If




                          I'm using it on a duo core 2.GHz Macbook?OSX10.6.7 with Reason/Record. At 96K sampling freq the latency is 4ms in and 1ms out. Way better than my previous interface (it also sounds better)
                          Don Boomer

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                          • #43
                            Okay, so it's not just me experiencing really low latency...
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                            • #44
                              At 24/44.1 I was running 1.1 ms latency at 48 samples direct monitoring with several IK Multimedia S3 plugs. I could never do that with my old E-MU. I ran an old project that had about 30 synths and maybe 40 vsts. I could run it at 128 samples with no glitches.



                              I am working on a project now using 24/96. I will be recording the bass direct (which I'll do from now on since it sounds better direct than any other way) and am looking forward to seeing the results.

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                              • #45
                                So I got back from Frankfurt, and when I booted up the computer, started experiencing major problems with Windows 7 - everything ran incredibly slowly (as in, several minutes to open device manager).



                                To make a long, vexing, and frustrating story short, something had gotten scrambled in the motherboard and somehow messed up Windows on the C: drive when I booted. I took the battery out of the mobo to let it drift back to its defaults, bought a new system drive as the old one was useless anyway (I'll reformat it and use it as a data drive, but I wanted to keep it around for while to make sure I really had gotten all my data off of it), and started re-installing programs and such - I'd only been using W7 for about six weeks, so I didn't consider the system "finished" enough to image for a restore.



                                So of course, I wanted to use the Octa-Capture but it refused to install. I un-installed the driver, re-installed...no go. Uninstalled/re-installed again...still didn't work. It showed up as a working device, the control panel was there, everything seemed correct; but it didn't show up as an option in Windows or Sonar.



                                I started scrolling through system parameters and saw that VS-Expand was still enabled from my testing with the VS-700 prior to my going to Frankfurt. I thought that might be the issue, so I initialized the unit, re-did the installation, and all was well.



                                Now this is probably something that will affect only a handful of people, if ever, but thought I'd mention it just in case it keeps someone who has a VS-700, Octa-Capture, and a sick computer from tearing their hair out.
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