Sonic State Studio / Recorders / YAMAHA AW16G

Average rating: 7.7/10 out of 10

page 8 of 9:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9    
Scott Adkins a Professional user from US writes:
I have used my AW16 both in Studio and live recording situations. I LOVE IT. I too was worried about the 16 bit sample rate and the "ease of use" but I quickly got over both. my best advice if you're having trouble is call Yamaha. I trying to output each track on the recording as a seperste track onto a burned CD and couldn't figure ou how to do it. I called Yamaha and they said that they'd have a rep call me back. Sure enough one called back at the time they had promised and took the time needed to make sure that I COMPLETELY understood how to do what I wanted. It was the best tech support experience I have ever had! This combined with the crystal clear sound and its awesome features make this lil box a winner!

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Monday, 11-Jul-05 at 17:7
MDEskew a part-timer user from USA writes:
I have owned and/or used virtually every recording device out there in the last 15 years and I can say whole-heartedly that this is my absolute favorite yet! The features packed in this box have made me decide to sell almost my whole roomful of gear. It easily replaces several racks of outboard gear that I use, my rack-mount Digital Audio Workstation PC with eMagic's Logic, the JL Cooper Fadermaster controller, Roland digital audio interface, numberous software plug-ins,... and I could go on & on!

Honestly, you can produce amazingly professional final products from this box. The only piece of outboard gear I recommend you use in addition to it is a good quality (I prefer tube) microphone preamp with a large-diaphram condensor mic for vocals.

The people complaining about how complicated it is have obviously never worked with good old-fashioned outboard gear and multitrack recorders. Yamaha has purposefully used terminology in the menus reflecting the "old" way of routing signals to keep the full flexibility of use, rather than just producing an "idiot" proof box! Just download the "Recording 101" tutorial from Yamaha's website, and anyone with experience on professional quality gear will be successfully recording sessions in no time!

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Monday, 22-Nov-04 at 9:28
DIAMOND DAVE a part-timer user from GT BRITAIN writes:
I HAVE HAD A AW16G FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS NOW, HAVE USED IT TO ADD VOCAL BACKING TRACKS TO MY MIDI FILES, AND HAVE BEEN REASONABLY SUCCESSFUL, HOWEVER I AM NOW TRYING TO BE MORE ADVENTUROUS AND HAVE TRIED TO ALTER THE KEY OF A BACKING TRACK THAT I HAVE PURCHASED,I HAVE ALTERED THE KEY BUT THE RESULTING TRACK NOW SOUNDS AS IF IT HAS A PHASER EFFECT ON IT. WHAT HAVE I DONE WRONG? CAN THIS EFFECT BE ELIMINATED? IF SO HOW,? AND HOW DO I AVOID THIS HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE.OTHERWISE I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THIS PRODUCT, AS I AM ONLY A NOVICE IN THE RECORDING FIELD AND HAVE ALLREADY HAD SOME SUCCESS WITH IT.

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Friday, 25-Jun-04 at 14:8
Heliotrope a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
Well the manual is a tad confusing and the best method of learning is hands on. Very clean mic pre's ,loads of input options with Hi-Z guitar input ,2 *XLR ,balanced inputs. 8 track simultaneous record. Full 16 track playback + monitoring of all other tracks. Pre / post fader sends + the option to insert effects on input. 20 bit ADC's sound very clean. The mixer works well as a stand alone digital unit and it excells as a control surface for Logic ,ProTools ,Sonar etc etc. Can rip tracks to .wav and import into a PC daw and load .wav files to track or the 4*4 bank pad loop sampler which has a recycle type slice option for tempo adjustment of loops. Pro's hands down are that this is possibly the best sounding 16bit 44.1khz DAW I've heard. Reasons being are the 20bit DAC's and 32 bit internal processing (including effects which are overall very good). Fully independent Paramteric eq per input and per recorded track. Same goes for the dynamics processors. So if you wan't gate's ,limiters ,ducking ,severe compression ,mild compression etc etc it can all be done simultaneously on each track. The reverbs are good (not stellar) but are way better than any plugin I've yet to encounter. Lots of templates (both eq + dynmics) for vocals ,guitar ,bass ,synths ,kick,snares etc etc . All work very very well. Good cut and paste editing facilites with sample accurate scrub facilities. Sync's well and integrates with a midi rig exceptionally well. Overall best bang for buck DAW on the market IMHO. Lots of vertual tracks including master stereo track for sub mixes. Go CD burning facilities. Let down by no defrag utility. Nothing a data backup and drive format doesn't fix mind you. I'd give about 8.5 to 9.5 out of ten. Don't let the manual put you off. Awesome results are to be had with a little patience.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Friday, 16-Apr-04 at 2:16
Ben a part-timer user from U.K. writes:
As for any digital recorder you have to 'push buttons and route tracks'. By the way, to route a track you have to press 2 buttons, tricky eh?

I have used the AW16G for around 6 months. My initial worry was the sound quality because the machine is 16 bit. I can honestly say that the quality of the sound is excellent, crystal clear. This is one hell of a powerful machine, FX and sound processing tools are all included to give a 'professional' sound. just before i bought this machine I spent $800 in a top studio, The recordings I have made from the AW16g are easily just as good and most of the time better. If you want to check out some of my recordings made with the machine then visit www.dmz.uk.com

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Sunday, 28-Mar-04 at 23:23
page 8 of 9:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9    

Add your review
NEW SYSTEM - to keep the user reviews focussed, we are now approving all submissions before they appear.
We will endeavour to process your comments within 24hrs

Do not post items for sale or wanted here (they will be removed)
Use the Sonic Free Ads
Name
Email
Mail me Sonic State News
From:
(Country)
[ Professional Part TimeHobby-ist ] User
Nature of comments:
comment question
Whaddaya think: (blank lines are converted to paragraph breaks)
No HTML please.
Score 1=low 10=hi