Quoted from Shredso:
This unfortunately has to double as my office desk, to be honest it's what it will be 95% of the time
No reason you can't have a pimp ass office desk
Unfortunately my studio is in a pretty remote part of the state AND I don't have internet there so I can't do my day job from my fun desk, but that desk works surprisingly well as an office desk as well. Wireless keyboard and mouse fits right underneath the slider of the 388. If I could get some internet out there, I'd be able to use it as my main editing suite (I do video for a living).
The whole wiring theory of the desk is that I have 24 channels coming in from the A and B room (16 from the a room and 8 from the b room). Those go into two set of 144 point TT patchbays, 8 channels into the 388 preamps, 8 channels into the Ashly MM-508 preamps (great sub mixer if you ever get the chance to pick one up), and 8 to individual preamps. One 4 channel API clone, one JoeMeek TwinQ2, and an Art Pro VLA II. With the patchbay each mic input can be patched into any preamp available.
Space runs on two Motu 828s that are daisy chained together via their ADAT ports, so the 144 TT half normal bay allows for the channel sends on the 388 and 508 (both post eq pre fader) go directly wired into the analog ins of the 828s so that you can set levels and have them go direct into the computer, record all the takes, and go back out to the outboard gear and back to the tape recorder uninterrupted (allowing you to record endless digital takes, and continually record over the tape versions so when we all feel comfortable deciding on a base take, we can build off of that base take.
The 388 and the 238 (cassette 8-track and reel to reel 8-track) both have the last channel striped together with SMPTE signal which is sync locked via a Tascam Midiizer, which runs as a slave off of the midi signal dictated by the computer (via the Motu interface). What does this mean??? It means that computer in theory can control both of the tape transports AND run in sync with protools/logic/DP. Geeky shit. But what this allows me to do is fill up 13 tracks in analog (remember the SMPTE stripe taking up channels 8 on both recorders), dump all 13 tracks to the computer (keeping in sync remember) while folding all those tracks down to track 8 on either the 238 or the 388, fill up another 13 tracks, dump em, on and on. Does this ever work? Rarely, but in theory it all lines up nicely.