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#1845162 - 04/24/23 10:43 AM Worth getting a 2nd VS unit to sync with my VS-880EX?
master_ov_reality Offline
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Registered: 09/13/13
Posts: 4
Loc: Sydney, Australia
Hi all,

Came into possession of a VS-880EX which I unfortunately found too late was saddled with a failed hard drive quite some time ago, and despite my best intentions at the time, it has until recently been left to languish.

However I finally took the plunge and attempted the CF conversion with what look like good results so far. The drive formatted and tested fine first time, and has not shown any issues in what time I've had working with the VS since - seems as close to plug-and-play as possible so far.

(For reference, o used the "Syba Dual Compact Flash to 44 Pin IDE 2.5" Adapter Enclosure - SD-ADA45006 Black" available on Amazon in conjunction with a 4GB Verbatim CF card)

Now I'm past the drive initialisation stage for the first time, I'm finally taking a look at how to use this in a real world scenario. Would be working mostly with rock style music - a fully micced live drum kit, multi tracked guitars, etc.

Seems the only way around the 8-track limitation I can see would be a lot of track bouncing, or recording some of my tracks to an external device and feeding the into the VS's inputs at mixdown for a 16-track mix.

(When I initially got the VS the plan was to use a drum machine for rhythm tracks, hence why I didn't go for a higher track count at the time. Now have access to an acoustic kit, funny how that works).

So with all that out of the way, given what the VS machines run for these days, would I potentially be better served getting a second VS unit and syncing the 2 together for a larger track count rather than try to squeeze everything onto the 880? What would recommended workflow with 2 synced VS units generally look like?


#1845196 - 04/24/23 04:19 PM Re: Worth getting a 2nd VS unit to sync with my VS-880EX? [Re: master_ov_reality]
gyorpb Offline

Registered: 05/11/19
Posts: 292
Recording on a VS requires a different way of thinking, from a “traditional” setup. You’re indeed limited in the number of tracks you can record simultaneously, but you do have an impressive number f virtual tracks available. Acquaint yourself with that. There are some excellent video tutorials on the subject, on YouTube.

If you absolutely need to have more tracks under your fingers, shoot for a bigger VS unit.

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