Does anybody use individual outs on synths?

Tony Scharf tony.scharf at
Thu Aug 19 16:25:23 CEST 2021

I’ve only ever used multiple outputs with samplers and drum machines, back when I didn’t have a DAW to record and mix things separately.

These days, I don’t bother.
From: music-bar <music-bar-bounces at> on behalf of James Coplin <james at>
Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2021 8:34:25 AM
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Subject: Re: Does anybody use individual outs on synths?

Have you considered a Behringer x32 rack and either the 16x8 or 32x16 digital snake? That would give you all the io and a mixer plus effects.

The Presonus Quantum 4848 is great but Thunderbolt is a difficulty for lots of systems and the cost of the DB25 patchbays or cables adds a substantial amount to to cost.

On Aug 19, 2021, at 3:11 AM, Peter Korsten <peter at<mailto:peter at>> wrote:
Hey guys,

Thanks for the advice. It's pretty much as I expected: individual outs on synths are nice but unused; on a drum module, they make sense.

Which means that I'm looking at a minimum of 24 analogue ins. There are some options:

  *   MOTU 24Ai (USB2 + AVB; needs snakes)
  *   MOTU 16A + 828es (USB2 + TB3 + AVB)
  *   Presonus Quantum 4848 (TB2 so I need a converter; needs snakes; no networking)
  *   Considerably more expensive options

Compact ADAT A/D converters with rear panel inputs cost about the same as a MOTU unit.

All of these would cost an amount of money that I cannot justify for the rest of the year, so I'm not going to. As for the networking, there is the choice of either spending a lot on Dante, or a lot on AVB switches (and it looks to be a bit like the Betamax of audio networking), or just forget about the whole thing, which seems the most prudent solution.

It's pretty obvious that studios have moved largely from racks to software. My particular use case isn't a popular one.

- Peter


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