The legend on the fluorescent meter display is so hard to read. The eight meters
corresponding to the eight tracks do not line up with the record ready buttons,
so it is difficult to see without squinting which is which.
Suppose you have more than one disk, you record some audio one a disk with
one of the higher SCSI addresses, you finish work and switch the machine off
for the night. Early next morning, you switch on the machine in a bleary eyed
state and select the drive you had recorded onto, hit play and… nothing.
The audio is still on the disk and there is a simple procedure to reload the
directory from the disk into the DR8 but should you have to? Shouldn't the DR8
do this automatically when you select a disk?
It has been noticed by some that the size of some of the buttons doesn't always
correspond to their relative importance. For instance, you will be using the
Edit button a lot, yet it isn't made any more distinctive than a number of less
significant functions. Although I think this is true, I don't think it will
hinder anyone's operation of the DR8 once they are used to it.
If you are doing dialogue recording to picture, then you will probably only
be recording on a single channel. In this situation you have a very good chance
of being able to play back the other seven. Try this in stereo and you may be
disappointed, even with the optional additional memory card. An optical disk
is probably best thought of as a fairly quick and convenient backup medium rather
than for primary recording. It might be better to think of the DR8 as 'optical
ready' because a new generation of bigger and faster optical disks will be with
us in the not too distant future which should approach hard disk performance
reasonably closely. With the right hard disk, you can record and playback any
number and any combination of channels, of course.
Without a doubt this is the noisiest piece of equipment that has ever entered
my studio, excepting the loudspeakers of course! I suppose it depends on the
hard disk drive you use, but the one in the review sample rattled nearly as
much as a small child rummaging through my latin percussion collection. The
low frequency vibration also penetrated the two layers each of chipboard, carpet
and underlay on top of my floorboards into the bathroom below. Don't expect
to use the DR8 in the same room as a microphone!