Folks and moreso Steinberg,
I had discussion with Steinberg about why direct-monitoring did not work with the Control Room and >than two Cue mixes via my MOTU 2408 MKIII and it was explained why it was not possible—I understood. However, it was pointed out that by using the UR824 it is possible to run multiple CUE mixes while using direct monitoring. This is great, however, it is not expandable beyond one UR824. I actually need 24 ports via ADAT (x3) and at least 16 ports of Analog I/O for Mixing Monitors / Studio Monitors, external effects, and instruments. You cannot use two UR824 to do this. Since I thought I was the only one with this problem I have directed my efforts elsewhere to solve this problem, however, I see others have the same need as myself. This means that with enough need Steinberg might consider fixing this problem–it is a problem for some of us I simply don’t know how many.
Nevertheless, I am suggesting that Steinberg/Yamaha consider the needs of moderate size project/recording studios who need port counts of this magnitude (see above) when they look to future hardware implementations. If two UR824 would have worked for my purposes I was resigned to purchase three, two for active use and one spare–of course. But alas, two with direct monitoring simply doesn’t work.
If I am not being clear and someone from Steinberg wants a better explanation, please feel free to contact me.
Finally, as pointed out by others, the NUAGE system is nice but out of reach for the operators of smaller studios–assuming this is the only way to get multiple Cue mixes and direct monitoring out of Cubase while maintaining the port counts listed above.
All the Best, Ted Sopher