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MR816 CSX and MR816 X are, simply put, the ideal hardware for any Cubase owner who needs to record vocals, instruments, keyboards, percussion or any other audio source. The Advanced Integration between MR816 and Cubase offers a unique and powerful production solution that fully mirrors Cubase functionality, adds DSP power for mixing, allows on-the-fly rerouting of input signals via Quick Connect, full integration into the Cubase user interface and much more.
Any musician or producer already using Cubase and looking to add a recording interface need look no further. The MR816 CSX and MR816 X are ideal for recording bands in rehearsal rooms or live gigs with a laptop, or building up a dedicated project studio or recording space. Full integration into the Cubase user interface means that operating the MR816 requires very little or no learning — all functions and features are in the places any Cubase owner expects to find them. The intelligent plug and play handling means that Cubase automatically detects any attached MR816 hardware. And because the DSP FX run as VST3 plug-ins, these excellent plug-ins are available during mixing in Cubase, often replacing the need to purchase an additional DSP card.
Excellent sound, great stacking options and a smooth, fast workflow are among the top priorities for studios using MR816 and Cubase as recording and production solution for their business. Connections required for studios like Wordclock, S/PDIF and ADAT are onboard, with the hardware inserts offering an ideal way of integrating boutique hardware units in the software realm. Features like Quick Connect allow on-the-fly rerouting by simply pushing a button on the MR816 front panel. Eight channel outputs offer full support for surround productions up to 7.1, ideally complemented by Steinberg’s fully multi-channel architecture and the Control Room features in both Cubase and Nuendo.
It was a joy to work with this soundcard, because of it's sound quality and the advanced integration with Cubase (my daw of choice). I also really dig the Yamaha's D–Pre discrete Class–A mic preamps in this unit. But since i banned firewire from my studio, i now hooked it up to my UAD Apollo twin duo via ADAT lightpipe to gain some additional inputs. This baby will stay in my rack until it dies and then it will be replaced with an Audient ASP880.