I think the lack of motorized faders makes the Presonus a non starter.
I do it all the time with the DL 1608 playing drums. No issues whatsoever....
I have to admit that the DL1608 works great for our band. I love the very small footprint and believe it's rather intuitive to operate. My band leader makes a few minor adjustments during our shows, but nothing that requires constant monitoring/tweaking.The TouchMix isn't available yet; it's supposed to come out next month. Check out the videos on QSC's website for more info. The TouchMix has what I'm looking for and I trust QSC quality, so I'm buying the 16-ch board as soon as it's available.
If you don't trust an iPad what would you trust? I have been using the X32 Rack exclusively for the past 2 months for all kinds of shows from single set shows to all day festivals. After a number of comparisons, I can reliably mix rings around the Presonus iPad app OR the console. A appropriately set up X32 iPad gives me access to every operation. The metering is ALWAYS on the screen. You switch ANY function on the SL and your input metering disappears until you search out and press the small and surrounded "input" button. The SL FX are really limiting. I just convinced another local group to go with the X32 Rack. One big plus is if they can afford me or someone to mix the show, we can actually adjust everything from the audience. I arrived late to a show a few weeks ago with one of my " X32 Rack Bands" and I just sat at the bar, signed on and had complete control in seconds. I mixed a show last week on a SL...after having update the mandatory MacBook...supplied by me...outdoors for about 1000... 10 piece band....and not having access to preamp gain on the iPad was MADDENING! No DCA's.....Can't adjust FX returns....if you accept chowing 2 subgroups to do so.....at the same time as instrument and vocals...etc...etc.......it's 2014. And the fact that the computer runs the console is dangerous IMO. We had a power interruption on the break and I had to retype channel names on the MacBook...PITA!
I trust the iPad and I use it alot, I just wouldn't want to mix on it exclusively. Would you? And while a WiFi connection can be pretty reliable most of the time, no connection is as reliable as fingers on the faders. You and others seem to be forgetting the OP is a working musician and will be mixing from stage while playing. He has NO need for an iPad. Your day to day mixing experiences and requirements have very little relevance to his needs. I know some of you guys love your X32's but you have to accept the fact that there are other choices that may work better for other users!I have no illusions about the capability of the Presonus, that's why I bought a Soundcraft Expression, but the Presonus is still a good choice for many tasks.
The problem with the Mackie, as far as I can see, is you need to buy a router and have an iPad dedicated to it. Once you've spent all that, might as well have another board with real faders, etc.
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