It is likely that a small percentage of audio people will return to analogue too. Just because they want to.
Before we become too enamored w/ being thoroughly modern technocrats we should remember how digital mixers work.Take some pristine ANALOGUE sound and...
...Anyone here remember carrying those adhesive dots to mark your knobs with?
+1 Mr. Leonard! Before we become too enamored w/ being thoroughly modern technocrats we should remember how digital mixers work.Take some pristine ANALOGUE sound and chop it into millions of bits. Now re-assemble those millions of pieces BACK into ANALOGUE sound. Now believe it's better because hey, it's Digital, it's NEW and it's Hi-tech. Soundmen! Do you have enough headaches and problems? No? here's your chance to add buggy software, compatibility issues and hard drive failures and software crashes to your list. Don't miss it! Did I mention this is all available at only 3 to 10 x the cost!? Yippee. Of coarse you will be able to save scenes with variable results and spend 3 days with a manual trying to figure out how to patch a 1/3 octave eq across an aux out. Fun. fun. fun.One of the most positive results of all this is when you realize that if you have the network skills to get a tablet wi-fi'd into a computer/mixer software working dependably you could probly get an I T job that pays about 5 times what being a soundman does. Hmmm. scratch, scratch.Maidson lives in Haiti which is a tropical climate. His sound systems move at parade pace on a big flatbed truck through the crowded streets of Haiti during Carnivale powered by a big ass generator. Not sure that's the kind of environment I'd recommend a big digital mixer for. The day will come when digital mixers are solving more problems than they create. Still too close to 50/50 on that for me. I understand with many situations "cool factor" is paramount and in a large metro area you gotta have a digital desk. In smaller market areas of America and out on the frontiers of the third world it's a little different. Analogue consoles like Maidson mentioned still sound wonderful and dependability will likely not be an issue until looong after the mixer has earned it's investment back! Buy a digital board if you want but if you listen carefully you might hear laughter from corporate types who know what planned obsolescense means. (It means they'll have a good bit more of your money soon for the upgrade) Ha Ha. (end rant)Oh yeah, my choice for mixer. #1 APB unsurpassed dependability.#2 Midas. Mixed on a Verona for 3 years in a Casino. Never a single problem. lovely feature set. -and the prestige of a Midas. I heard NO better sound from any of the 3 or 4 acts that brought in whatever big new digital desk they were traveling with. #3 A&H Great sound, great feature set, dependable and reasonable price. #4 Soundcraft Great sound, great feature set, sexy looks, reasonable price. Happy sailing!
Have a large analog console you're trying to sell?I'm not sure if you've checked the prices of digital boards lately, but unless you're comparing digital to the nearly scrap metal prices most analog consoles are selling for these days, digital is WAY cheaper than analog has ever been. When you factor in trucking costs and labor savings, the difference is even bigger.I'm pretty sure that tropical climates aren't particularly good for analog electronics either - jack corrosion, pot issues, etc. Good luck with that MH4/56 on your parade float.
Still using them on my 01v96 console with non-recallable preamps....
Which analog console would you prefer to see at FOH from a sound company for under 1500 to 3,000 attendance shows?Those are the mixers that i work with this year.Allen heath GL3800APB Spectra-T/TiSoundcraft MHMidas "Verona, Siena ... "
The answer to your question is: none of the above. Analog is dead, and no regional PA companies should be investing money in analog consoles if they want a chance to stay relevant and compete. I see analog desks stuck in club installs because they were able to get them cheap. But, the number of analog desks left in "A-list" clubs is quickly diminishing. Do yourself a favor and buy a Yamaha M7CL. It's the pm4k of digital consoles. It's nobody's first choice, but it is accepted by everyone, it always works, and it beats the pants off of any of the analog toys you mentioned. Evan
Take your digital bias and stick it.
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