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Bob Leonard

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Re: Digital vs. Analogue. Why the contempt?
« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2014, 03:04:36 pm »

TJ,
Being the last of the analog Mohicans taught me two things. 1) I'm glad I waited until there were a number of choices in desks, 2) Even with a board like a Pro House and all of it's capabilities it still couldn't do what my Soundcraft does.

I have outboard gear everywhere I look. Good outboard gear, nothing cheap, and every bit of it is collecting dust. Why do I keep it? Because I still own an analog board that could serve a purpose if needed. Other than that a good board, and a good DSP are all you need in todays world.

Another fact of the matter. I could setup for ten bands with a digital board in less time than it takes to patch monitors on an analog board. It can't be denied. I won't bash the technology that loved me back for all these years, but it would cost more to put a good analog rig together today than it would cost for any of the sub $3K boards available. My APB Pro house cost me $2200. My Soundcraft Expression cost me $2200. It's a no brainer. 
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Re: Digital vs. Analogue. Why the contempt?
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2014, 03:13:19 pm »

TJ,
Being the last of the analog Mohicans taught me two things. 1) I'm glad I waited until there were a number of choices in desks, 2) Even with a board like a Pro House and all of it's capabilities it still couldn't do what my Soundcraft does.

I have outboard gear everywhere I look. Good outboard gear, nothing cheap, and every bit of it is collecting dust. Why do I keep it? Because I still own an analog board that could serve a purpose if needed. Other than that a good board, and a good DSP are all you need in todays world.

The Pharoahs were buried with all their analog gear.  The Alien Overlords took the digital stuff with them when they left... 
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« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2014, 03:43:41 pm »

The Pharoahs were buried with all their analog gear.  The Alien Overlords took the digital stuff with them when they left...

Did they actually depart or do you think the FEDs hide them in section 8?  Did the find the digital chip from a terminator and are learning from them? 

I hope prices continue to drop on the digital mixers and I can afford one soon. 
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« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2014, 04:12:00 pm »

You can buy a $1000 Ipad controlled digital mixer which has everything you'd have on an analogue mixer. In addition to that it has a gate and compressor for every single channel. That's equal to 8 Stereo Gates/Compressors.  It also has a stereo 31-band EQ for mains, plus 6 additional 31 band EQs for each of the 6 Aux sends. On top of that it also has alignment delay for every output.  That can not be done in analogue for $1000 plus a $400 Ipad.

Sorry if I'm missing something, but what mixer are you referring to that does all this for $1000, and does it allow mixing WITHOUT the iPad?    Please advise...
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« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2014, 04:14:14 pm »

Sorry if I'm missing something, but what mixer are you referring to that does all this for $1000, and does it allow mixing WITHOUT the iPad?    Please advise...

Mackie 1608.  iPad required
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« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2014, 04:29:05 pm »

Mackie 1608.  iPad required

Ah.  That one escaped me.  Thanks!
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« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2014, 06:32:15 pm »

OP, Have you ever mixed a show an a digital console? If not, it might behoove you to rent one or two from a local shop and try it. I think you will find the benefits of digital on your own.
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Re: Digital vs. Analogue. Why the contempt?
« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2014, 07:58:12 pm »

OP, Have you ever mixed a show an a digital console? If not, it might behoove you to rent one or two from a local shop and try it. I think you will find the benefits of digital on your own.

Yes!  Get someone to show you around on a digital board and mix on it for a while, and I think you might be convinced!
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Re: Digital vs. Analogue. Why the contempt?
« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2014, 08:07:24 pm »

I prefer analog its what I know and at the level I plan on providing sound its all I need.
My little small scale rig I use a Mackie 1604 vlz and a couple older boards I have.
I don't like the digital age period I don't like smart phones,ipads pods etc....I get irritated playing with menus and pages when all I want to do is something simple.
I have run digital mixers a couple times but it was just mixing on someone elses system and I didn't reallt care for it.
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