With my system, I mostly mix projects but I just completed two days of vocal tracking and comping. For just this type of session, I bought an MR816x to get “tape machine type” monitor switching without monitor latency.
Usually I use a MOTU 424 card in my Mac with a couple of interfaces for my N5 and leave a an Mbox 2 hooked up so that I can prep audio in PT before moving it to Nuendo. An initial test session when I installed it seemed to indicate that the MR816x worked well.
On the upside, the MR816x (nicknamed “Mr. Big” by a nearsighted client trying to read the model name on the front panel) sounded transparent and the monitor switching was just what I wanted. Loved it. Using a Manley mic amp and limiter into a padded input sounded great.
However, this MR816x is about the most finicky, fussy, and erratic piece of gear I’ve used in 40 years of recording! I loaded the driver so many times I kept a copy on my desktop just to find it easily. I disconnected the Mbox 2 to try and help. Moving the FW cable to the port on the back of the computer seemed to help a little (per the post here) and turning my racks inside out to use the FW cable that came with the MR816x seemed to help a bit also, but drop outs still happened occasionally, which startled me and frustrated my clients. The MOTU/Mbox interface combination has been rock solid so this was a really unfamiliar experience.
What’s up with this thing?
Thanks for listening.