Greater software reliability and faster CD writing/reading make the popular Fostex VF160EX 16-Track Recorder with CD Burner better than ever. Built-in CDR drive provides one-stop convenience. The reco... Click To Read More About This Product
Greater software reliability and faster CD writing/reading make the popular Fostex VF160EX 16-Track Recorder with CD Burner better than ever. Built-in CDR drive provides one-stop convenience. The recording engine features a total of 16 tracks, plus 8 virtual tracks. Simultaneous 16-track recording (using 8 analog ins and ADAT lightpipe for additional 8) to a large-capacity 40GB Maxtor hard disk gives you hours of recording time, and FDMS-3 technology enables more efficient disk and CPU usage for more track minutes without data compression, plus faster editing and DSP operations. Its superb digital mixer provides 60mm faders for all 16 channels, 3-band EQ with parametric mid and high, master EQ, channel and master compressors, 8 mic inputs, ADAT optical I/O, 2 effect sends and 2 aux sends per channel, and 99 mix scene memory. It also comes with 2 independent multi-effects DSPs including a preset library with great effects. Other special new features include Scrub Zoom, Fader Pairing, Channel Solo, BPM Delay, Event Map Locate, and Locate to Last Rec Point.
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If you need to record 10-16 simultaneous channels (with S/PDIF or ADAT externals), this is the SAIB to do it. I've been using mine for over 5 years now, recording from the stage with/without a Behri ADA8000 (to add 8 recording/mixing channels via ADAT. I've burned over 2000 archive disks on the CD burner. For the past five years it has been run anywhere from 12 to 40 hours per week and not a single thing has gone wrong. It's built like a tank. The only way I ever lost a recording was when stage power went completely out. I still have the original 20GB HD but have inexpensively added other (even an off-the-shelf 120GB); swapping HD drives takes less than 5 minutes. One of my best buys---EVER. If you need rugged portability, flexibility, reliability and dependability, this is the unit. It;s a heckuva machine!
If you read my earlier review, you'll see that I had nothing but nice things to say about the Fostex VF-160EX. Now that I've lived with it for a few more months, things have changed quite drastically. Everything started out great. Then I started getting error messages. The hard drive crashed a few times, losing all data on it. I contacted Fostex about it and they sent me a replacement hard drive. I installed it but still encountered glitches that ruined songs. I can only conclude that the software was buggy. This machine has SO much potential, but mine was plagued by problems. I ended up selling it. Hopefully your results will vary.
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