I just bought 2 of the DS2416s
from zZounds... although one is a gift for my brother.
For those of you not
familiar with this card... When installed inside a personal computer, the
DS2416 digital mixing card offers the mixing power of the successful Yamaha
02R digital mixer plus 16 tracks of hard disk recording with up to 32-bit
resolution. The DSP Factory appears to
be a comprehensive digital
mixing and recording system, providing full-time 24-channel digital mixing and
two of Yamaha's top-quality digital effects processors, without having to rely
on the computer's internal processing power.
Additionally, the DS2416 card includes an audio-streaming
engine which provides 8 tracks of simultaneous recording to, and 16 tracks
playback from, the computer's disk drive. I'm hoping this feature will give me
greater success than I had with computer-based composition
The card isn't flawless - it only supports a 33 MHz bus speed
and there's no lightpipe, for example, but it's attractive in many ways...
those of you who may be in the market for a card might consider it...
And besides, there's a deal to be had right now. Like you, I had an email flyer this
week from zZounds and they're blowing out the DS2416 with a separate digital
I/O interface card (that's two cards), with a MSRP of $1295... for only $299!
It was something of an impulse buy for me - I didn't think they would last
long at that price, although they are still in stock over there. Sweetwater
and Musician's Friend are each still selling the card for $600. So, I bought
You can read about the zZounds deal here (there are
Best bet for info though is the Yamaha site, where you'll have
to do a search for the DS2416. The brochure and Owner's Manual are worth
perusing. On the Yamaha site, you'll see
references to the sequencers supported... they've got some big names in
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of luck to you,