These days, I use a Mackie mixer with additional outboard effects before going into my laptop to record. It adds an element of noise, I know, but I find it more interesting to use options from both worlds and combine them.
Forrest do you use your mixer and FX just as a front end to the daw and mix in the daw or do you come back out and use the mixer to mix, so to speak. Im using the old school model as best I know it where the tracks were laid down through the desk to tape, they were then pulled up across the console and "mixed" and then sent to 2 track tape ready for mastering. Im curious as the lore of AD conversion stands its best not to convert back to analog once in the box.
Steve Roach uses the computer pretty much just as an audio recorder with some processing.
I think most of the better stand alone multi-track recorders have been discontinued, most of the ones I see now are really extended field recorders. I know Mackie and Alesis made 24 track hard-disc recorders like this one, that you can pick up used really cheap now:
Of course the big daddy pro one is the IZ Technology Radar that is still being made today:
Thanks Loren for confirming Steve Roach's process....I do remember the Radar, and glad to hear they are still with us. A nice piece of kit for sure.
Seren, appreciate the in depth suggestions as well as Gigi's working method!
I recall standing in front of the VS 2480 in a music store and thinking "omg" when it came out and having no clue what to do with....still intimidates me
What would be really great is a system similar to this Roland that could have your plugins, soft instruments et el installed and give some analog goodness, digital convenience and hands on connectivity.....does it exist?