Fostex VM200 , Awesome Sauce .
Bought used for 30 bux , A little Beat up , But I can fix it , It sounds Awesome with my Mics .
( I have nice mics)
Backlight for the Display isn’t working , and Front edge is bent in where it had been dropped ( No the Pic above is not my Mixer , that is a New one in good condition) But mine will look like that when I get done with it , I assure you ! I have Tools.
But This Mixer is one of the First Digital Mixers that was on the Market , 1999 June , was the original release , and the run went for a couple years , Mine clocks in on March 21, 2000 according to the internal Data after doing a systems check. Firmware Version 1.07 .
The Inputs are Pretty Darn Clean , sound way better than a Mackie VLZ4 series mixer , And I have a Focusrite Twintrack Pro I can Directly compare it to . They are different from each other Tonally , But Quality of sound is pretty dang close , With an EV Blue Raven mic , the Throughput to the Headphones and the SPDF was pretty clean with the input Gain almost all the way up , I didn’t get any noise until the last couple clicks on the Gain knob . With a Rode NT2a , I had to back the gain way down , and had lots of pretty Air in the sound , Open and spacious . Was really liking that . Then I unplugged the Mics , and went into Utility Mode where I could do Systems checks , All Switches and buttons √ , Ins and Out , Midi √ , LED’s = Not complete . Ok what is wrong ? , ahhh Backlight LED panel ( Yes it is a Panel , not a Bulb ) crap , that will be hard to replace as they probably don’t make that anymore . Oh well , Get a Clip on Light to put over the top of the Mixer . The Display works , Meters Work .
Opitcal SPDF , or Toslink as anyone who uses Minidisc would get it . is 20 Bit Selectable Freq (KHz) 44.1 , 48
ADAT is also 20 bit . both 44.1 and 48 Khz .
Minidisc Toslink was ….Guess What ? 20 bit , not 16 as you might imagine ! So this Mixer connects Directly with MD Recorders for Killer Live recording .
But I delve into the Macbook Audio Settings for the Line input , aaaaaaannnd Guess what >>>? Bit Depth selection , of 16 bit , 24 bit , and sandwiched right in between them , yep 20 bit . Way cool
Mixer >> Optical Cable >>> Macbook Love .
So , I dig Deeper into the Mixer settings , I find FRAME RATE settings ,HUH? 24 , 25 , 29.97 , 30D , 30 ND , whoaaaooooh cool !
Those are Video settings by the way for those that do not know . That Gives me , embedded into the Digital Info coming from the TOSLINK or Workclock ( Yes it has Wordclock) Frame locking ability .
I can link this mixer to a Pro Video camera by Wordclock cable , and Sync Audio directly to the camera .
Which by the way , I happen to be in the Business of !!!!! ( Note to self , send this blogpost to My Camera guy )
oh and I forgot it has ADAT out , that is 8 channels of Audio , via Digital Optical Cable ……..
Can you tell I am happy ?
Video of Case repair work forthcoming .
(Update July 2014 , VM200 is dead …..RIP )