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Mike Sullivan

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New board for "rent-able" system
« on: February 17, 2014, 02:30:00 am »

If you saw my other topic, I'm trying to replace my current rig with a smaller and more portable rig (QSC to RCF), and I'm going to be purchasing a new board soon to go with it.  The rig will mainly be for small bar work, and will on occasion be rented to trusted engineers/bands if needed.  Main goals are to have flying faders, recallable pre's, easy to use interface, & easy to use iPad app.  Would also like multi-tracking for personal use.  Current choices at the moment are:

Studiolive 24.4.2AI (already had the 24.4.2 and love it, but want to try something different, plus no flying faders/recallable pre)
Allen & Heath Qu-24
Soundcraft Si Expression 2
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Re: New board for "rent-able" system
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2014, 08:16:49 am »

We have very pleased with the soundcraft. It usually takes only a few minutes to get a new operator up to speed. It sounds great and has been rock solid. The iPad ap is great with new updates coming. I have the multi digital card so recording is easy. Solid build.
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Re: New board for "rent-able" system
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2014, 08:20:48 am »

I love my yamaha LS9-16. Probably out of the price range for what you intend, but as far as I can see, it's the only mixer on the market that will do more than 16 channels and do it in a rack space. If you can live with 16 channels I like mixers such as the mackie that uses an ipad solely for control. I'd buy one of them in a heartbeat if the bands I work for could get by on 16 channels.
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Re: New board for "rent-able" system
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2014, 08:55:32 am »

The soundcraft expression and performer lines have rack mount options that exceed the I/O capabilities of the LS9.  I am a LS9 fan from years back, but it's getting REALLY long in the tooth.


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Re: New board for "rent-able" system
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2014, 09:13:58 am »

Si Expression is easy to walk up to, though you have to fork $500 USD for the multitrack card option, and that takes up the one slot. Si Performer has has the same layout but with full sweepable 4 band PEQ, DMX, and two slots but costs $9000 USD(?)
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Re: New board for "rent-able" system
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2014, 11:53:07 am »

I love my yamaha LS9-16. Probably out of the price range for what you intend, but as far as I can see, it's the only mixer on the market that will do more than 16 channels and do it in a rack space.
If you mean in a rack mount format then I believe the Behringer X32 RACK and X32 PRODUCER, the Soundcraft Si Expression 1 and Si Performer 1, the Roland M200i and M300 and the Allen & Heath Qu-16 all can support more than 16 inputs, either alone or with rack mount expansion I/O, in a rack mount format.
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Re: New board for "rent-able" system
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2014, 11:59:11 am »

If you mean in a rack mount format then I believe the Behringer X32 RACK and X32 PRODUCER, the Soundcraft Si Expression 1 and Si Performer 1, the Roland M200i and M300 and the Allen & Heath Qu-16 all can support more than 16 inputs, either alone or with rack mount expansion I/O, in a rack mount format.
obviously I haven't kept up!
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Re: New board for "rent-able" system
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2014, 12:09:50 pm »

obviously I haven't kept up!

iLive R72 + iDR64 will do 64 inputs and 32 outputs - and it fits in a rack! That is some density.

Search the forums. "What small digital console should I buy" is perhaps the most discussed issue in the lounge.
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Re: New board for "rent-able" system
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2014, 01:21:04 pm »

Thanks for the replies all.  Expression is more or less sitting at the top of my list at the moment, I've played on a friend's Compact and it's just as easy to get around on as my Presonus was.  Just trying to see what other options are there.
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Re: New board for "rent-able" system
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2014, 01:54:00 pm »

What is your budget?

I believe the QU16 maxes out at the delivered capacity, that is, not expandable. Yes, you can use a remote stage box but those inputs have to replace on-board inputs.


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