Deliberating between AXR4 or antelope Audio Orion Synergy core as main interface.
Will be wanting the option to use alot of simultaneous stereo outputs for analogue summing, ie: 6 or more stereo busses sent for analogue summing, then stereo back into DAW via colour boxes for final processing and mastering
Orion is nicely set up for this with 2 x analogue DB25 outputs, carrying 8 stereo channels each.
On the AXR 4 there are only 8 analogue outs, 2 of which I’d already be using for monitors (again, Orion wins at having 2 dedicated switchable monitor outputs before you even consider the other outs)
Is there any solution for this for the AXR4? Would I have to use the ADAT outs to another piece of hardware that then send the multiple stereo outs for analogue summing? I see it has a DB25 connector, but I think thats not for analogue outs, just AES/EBU which I dont have any knowledge of / experience with.
Prefering the sound of AXR 4 audio quality / mic pres and silk, but think Orion winning for routing options in the anaolgue domain. Tough choice! If AXR4 had dedicated monitor outs freeing up all 8 outputs for summing, I’d probably go with AXR4!
Any thoughts from any AXR4 users?
Yeah the lack of dedicated monitor outs is a pain.
I would say that I have a motu interface hooked up via adat for extra i/o and it isn’t a problem. I really like the mixer app on the AXR4 once I got my head round it.
I’m running 500 series plus multiple monitors and a couple of headphone feeds and the AXR4 handles most it.
High end DA/AD convertor work with AES/EBU so you should use those if possible but will be expensive. It’s a high end unit after all
ADAT will work fine too as long as you’re not working at 88.2/96k as you’ll halve the number of outs, unlike AES.
I have my old UR824 hooked up through the AXR4 now via ADAT, works perfectly.