ProSoundWeb Community

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

Pages: 1 2 [All]   Go Down

Author Topic: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400  (Read 22890 times)

Jacob Robinson

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 108
SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« on: February 27, 2011, 01:37:53 pm »

I have been looking at mixers for our church for about a year now, and I thought I was set on the Allen & Heath GL2400-32.  But then I was glancing on All Pro Sound's website and noticed that they have the Soundcraft GB4-32 for $2,499 which is the same price that I was looking at the GL2400 for.

http://www.allprosound.com/catalog/productdetails~fprodid~8259~item~Soundcraft-RW5692SM.htm

 At that price I am now considering the GB4, it seems to have more features on paper (8 aux's being the biggest one) but sometimes actual use makes the facts on paper irrelevant. 

I guess what I am trying to ask is if there would be any reason that the GL2400 is superior to the GB4 when prices are equal?

I know that there have been several posts in the old forum on this same topic, but it seems that the price difference is always the deciding factor.



Thanks for the input,

--Jake
Logged

g'bye, Dick Rees

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 7424
  • Duluth
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2011, 02:23:44 pm »

I have been looking at mixers for our church for about a year now, and I thought I was set on the Allen & Heath GL2400-32.  But then I was glancing on All Pro Sound's website and noticed that they have the Soundcraft GB4-32 for $2,499 which is the same price that I was looking at the GL2400 for.

http://www.allprosound.com/catalog/productdetails~fprodid~8259~item~Soundcraft-RW5692SM.htm

 At that price I am now considering the GB4, it seems to have more features on paper (8 aux's being the biggest one) but sometimes actual use makes the facts on paper irrelevant. 

I guess what I am trying to ask is if there would be any reason that the GL2400 is superior to the GB4 when prices are equal?

I know that there have been several posts in the old forum on this same topic, but it seems that the price difference is always the deciding factor.



Thanks for the input,

--Jake

8 auxes trump 6, of course, but the make/break point for me is the crispness and definition of the channel strip EQ's.  I would say it would be worth the time to preview both consoles.....even if all you can do is go to the store, plug in a playback device with your favorite cuts, then listen with good headphones.  Listen to both the soloed channel and the mains.  Mess with the EQ and hear for yourself which gives the most favorable response.  If they're both the same, flip a coin...... 
Logged
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...

Mike Spitzer

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 52
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2011, 10:08:04 pm »

I've been going through the exact same debate on the 24 channel. There are two main differences I see that give one a plus over the other.

The GB4 has 8 auxes and 6 are configurable as pre or post. If you need a lot of fold-back mixes and fx, that's probably the best way to go.

The GL2400 pre-fade auxes are also pre-eq. That tends to be better for monitors and, really, that's how the GB4 should be set up, in my opinion. That could be make or break for you. As far as I know, that's not configurable on the GB. The GL is very easily configurable via jumpers.

Other than that, the mic-pres do color the sound differently. It's too subjective, though, for me to voice my opinion here. Like Dick said, see if you can find a couple to run something through and see for yourself.

-mS
Logged

Imo Nkweini

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2011, 02:01:39 am »

I'm actually budgeting for the GL2400-32 for my church 'cos I've already gotten used to the GL2800-42 which I'm using for live sound rentals. The GL series have great preamps and that's my strong point. I've never used GB4. I only read about it
Logged

Matthias Heitzer

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 39
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2011, 01:17:49 pm »

The GB4 has more inputs, 24mono + 2 stereo + 2 stereo returns, the Gl2400 has 22 mono + 2 "dual" stereo.
The GB4 has 4 mutegroups, an additional mono-bus, full scale meters for the groups, LR and the mono bus. If you pfl a channel, you still see the LR meters, because soloing uses the monobus' meters.
The GB4 provides more monitoring options, the gl2400 has advantages concerning the talkback and oscillators.

I like the GL EQ, the LM band reaches down to 35 Hz (Gb4: 80Hz) and that's an advantage that imho compensates for all of the additional features of the GB4. If i don't need the additional auxes, inputs and options of the GB4, i'd choose the Gl2400.
But that's a personal preference.


Logged

chuck clark

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 348
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2011, 01:45:30 am »

I've mixed on a friends GB 4 and I own a 32ch GL2400. Any talk about sound quality difference between these 2 nice mixers is nit pickin.
If you need 8 auxes get the GB4.
If you need to send monitor mixes from FOH and want to be able to crank your FOH channel strip EQ's around without causing the monitors to feedback, You'll want the pre EQ feature on the 1st 4 auxes of the GL2400. (there is a trick way around this that involves channel splitting but of course it requires you to have the extra channels to split to )
I think the GL2400 has matrix mixes available which is wonderful for in ear mixes or recording. I don't know if the GB4 has that.
Both of these mixers give you "Best Buy" type high quality sound at a very reasonable entry point price.
Enjoy!
Chuck
Logged

Jeff Foster

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 135
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2011, 03:13:28 pm »

I have been looking at mixers for our church for about a year now, and I thought I was set on the Allen & Heath GL2400-32.  But then I was glancing on All Pro Sound's website and noticed that they have the Soundcraft GB4-32 for $2,499 which is the same price that I was looking at the GL2400 for.

<snip>

Thanks for the input,

--Jake

I would echo what everyone else has said, but to throw a wrench into the works, you're paying too much if you're getting a GL2400-32 for that price.  That may be a good price for the 8 aux Soundcraft, but I know of two places just off-hand where I could get a 6 aux GL2400-32 for noticably less than that.  You might want to look around a bit more to find the best pricing.
Logged
Jeff Foster
Freelance system designer/installer

Tim Padrick

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 922
  • Indianapolis
    • T.P. Audio
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2011, 01:41:09 am »

I prefer the mid sweep ranges of the A&H, especially the low mid.  I also prefer the layout of the master section.  8 auxes is very nice though.  But I also like the StudioLive24 or a pair of linked O1V96s.
Logged

chuck clark

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 348
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2011, 05:36:45 pm »

Yeah, I think if I was recording 8 tracks I'd want the soundcraft but that ability to drop the low mid eq down into the low bass region lets you really get some filter interplay on kick drum and bass guitar live with the A&H. Technically, I think the swept mids are slightly narrower bandwidth on the A&H which again would cause me to slightly prefer it for live work. I want to emphasize that both these mixers have a sound quality that compares well with much more expensive mixers and you can be equally proud either way. 
Happy sailing!
Chuck
Logged

Jon Palmer

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 6
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2011, 12:52:45 am »

I have been looking at mixers for our church for about a year now, and I thought I was set on the Allen & Heath GL2400-32.  But then I was glancing on All Pro Sound's website and noticed that they have the Soundcraft GB4-32 for $2,499 which is the same price that I was looking at the GL2400 for.

http://www.allprosound.com/catalog/productdetails~fprodid~8259~item~Soundcraft-RW5692SM.htm

 At that price I am now considering the GB4, it seems to have more features on paper (8 aux's being the biggest one) but sometimes actual use makes the facts on paper irrelevant. 

I guess what I am trying to ask is if there would be any reason that the GL2400 is superior to the GB4 when prices are equal?

I know that there have been several posts in the old forum on this same topic, but it seems that the price difference is always the deciding factor.



Thanks for the input,

--Jake

I like the pre amps on the A&H better (just a preference). I've not used the specific Soundcraft you mentioned but have used a couple of others and the overall sound doesn't seem as crisp as the A&H to me. I like the extra auxes on the Soundcraft, but on my my Gl 2400 you could change I believe two of the auxes to pre as I remember? The pre amps on the Soundcraft mixers sounded more like a Midas to me and I like it less muddy (ouch) for live music. In a church some might prefer that. I think it all comes down to the auxes. Do you need the extras.
Logged

Russ Buck

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 11
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2011, 12:29:52 pm »

We have used this board for a few years with no problems and nice mic pre amps, you do get some added options with the matrix, but I guess it boils down to if you need eight aux sends.
« Last Edit: March 24, 2011, 03:20:43 pm by Russ Buck »
Logged

Dan Johnson

  • Classic LAB
  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 49
  • Memphis, TN
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2011, 09:16:11 pm »

they have the Soundcraft GB4-32 for $2,499 which is the same price that I was looking at the GL2400 for.
As others have already alluded to, if you're paying that much for either of those consoles, you're paying too much.  Check out northernsound.net for a pretty good price.  You'll have to acquire a login or call them to get the actual price but it will be worth your time.  I'm sure there may be other places that are competitive with their pricing but this is one I know of off-hand and have bought from before.  You can also call All Pro Sound and possibly get a lower price on the phone as has been my experience with them.
Logged

Aaron Talley

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 44
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2011, 11:50:51 am »

I have used both many times and I do prefer the GB series. And the stereo channels on the Soundcraft are in addition to the 32 mono channels.

Call Sound Productions in Dallas for a price.

Aaron
Logged

Niels Hempel

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 25
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2011, 09:26:28 am »

I have been looking at mixers for our church for about a year now, and I thought I was set on the Allen & Heath GL2400-32.  But then I was glancing on All Pro Sound's website and noticed that they have the Soundcraft GB4-32 for $2,499 which is the same price that I was looking at the GL2400 for.

http://www.allprosound.com/catalog/productdetails~fprodid~8259~item~Soundcraft-RW5692SM.htm

 At that price I am now considering the GB4, it seems to have more features on paper (8 aux's being the biggest one) but sometimes actual use makes the facts on paper irrelevant. 

I guess what I am trying to ask is if there would be any reason that the GL2400 is superior to the GB4 when prices are equal?

I know that there have been several posts in the old forum on this same topic, but it seems that the price difference is always the deciding factor.



Thanks for the input,

--Jake

Get the Allen Heath!  I love that board.  Plus they are giving cash rebates for GL series this month.  $300 rebate on Gl2400-32ch, $3000 rebate on GL4800's.  :)

If by chance you are in NC, come try one out!
Logged
Niels Hempel
Tri-Tronics Professional Electronics, NC
www.tri-tronicsproelectronics.com
A/V Sales
______________
Bluewater Sound
www.bluewatersound.com
System Rentals and Recording

Andrew Makinson

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 98
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2011, 11:05:35 am »

I guess what I am trying to ask is if there would be any reason that the GL2400 is superior to the GB4 when prices are equal?

Yes, depending an your specific needs for Aux routing and Aux pick point (such as pre EQ and pre insert). 

Most of the differences in these mixers has been mentioned.  The GB mixer has external pre/post buttons for the direct outs.  These can be useful or just something to bump on accident.  The GB preamp section doesn't have a pad, which I've needed a few times.  I bought some external ones to go with it.

With the auxes, it can be very useful to have them switchable pre/post on the channel strips like the A&H.  Then again you have to switch them in groups of 4 or 2.  If your church has a permanent setup then you can disable the switches with jumpers which can be a lifesaver.  Those same jumpers would allow you to do 5 pre and 1 post if needed.
Logged
--
Andrew Makinson
Grace Covenant Church
Chantilly, VA

Don Sullivan

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 39
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2011, 09:01:04 am »

In my experience the A&H desks sound brighter than the Soundcrafts. At this price point, however, you might also consider a Yamaha 01v96 with an external adat preamp. Things you gaiin are:
2x dynamics on each channel.
Digital delays on outputs
Parametric EQ and dynamics on outputs.


 

I have been looking at mixers for our church for about a year now, and I thought I was set on the Allen & Heath GL2400-32.  But then I was glancing on All Pro Sound's website and noticed that they have the Soundcraft GB4-32 for $2,499 which is the same price that I was looking at the GL2400 for.

http://www.allprosound.com/catalog/productdetails~fprodid~8259~item~Soundcraft-RW5692SM.htm

 At that price I am now considering the GB4, it seems to have more features on paper (8 aux's being the biggest one) but sometimes actual use makes the facts on paper irrelevant. 

I guess what I am trying to ask is if there would be any reason that the GL2400 is superior to the GB4 when prices are equal?

I know that there have been several posts in the old forum on this same topic, but it seems that the price difference is always the deciding factor.



Thanks for the input,

--Jake
Logged

BobWitte

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 114
  • Soundman, Consultant, Love all things audio
    • Cascading Waters Audio
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2011, 01:32:35 pm »


The GL2400 pre-fade auxes are also pre-eq. That tends to be better for monitors and, really, that's how the GB4 should be set up, in my opinion. That could be make or break for you. As far as I know, that's not configurable on the GB. The GL is very easily configurable via jumpers.


WHY is pre-eq better for aux sends. IF you use the channel strip EQ to improve the tone/sound of the input, why would that not translate back as better sound into the monitor system? There are so many variables that good channel strip EQ can adjust/improve/compensate for not to mention when similar vocals or instruments share the same monitor feed to give each some "difference" in tone to help them identify themselves, I can't ever think of a time I did not want that in the monitor mix. Maybe I can think of one reason: if channel strip EQ is used to compensate for weak sound reproduction downstream (like no main speaker EQ (or incorrect EQ) so the overall system response does not reproduce sound faithfully), then I could understand this possibly.

g'bye, Dick Rees

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 7424
  • Duluth
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2011, 01:38:23 pm »

WHY is pre-eq better for aux sends. IF you use the channel strip EQ to improve the tone/sound of the input, why would that not translate back as better sound into the monitor system? There are so many variables that good channel strip EQ can adjust/improve/compensate for not to mention when similar vocals or instruments share the same monitor feed to give each some "difference" in tone to help them identify themselves, I can't ever think of a time I did not want that in the monitor mix. Maybe I can think of one reason: if channel strip EQ is used to compensate for weak sound reproduction downstream (like no main speaker EQ (or incorrect EQ) so the overall system response does not reproduce sound faithfully), then I could understand this possibly.

Bob....

No man can serve two masters.........
Logged
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...

Josh Duke

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 24
  • Boston, MA
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2011, 09:20:34 pm »


The GL2400 pre-fade auxes are also pre-eq. That tends to be better for monitors and, really, that's how the GB4 should be set up, in my opinion. That could be make or break for you. As far as I know, that's not configurable on the GB. The GL is very easily configurable via jumpers.


WHY is pre-eq better for aux sends. IF you use the channel strip EQ to improve the tone/sound of the input, why would that not translate back as better sound into the monitor system? There are so many variables that good channel strip EQ can adjust/improve/compensate for not to mention when similar vocals or instruments share the same monitor feed to give each some "difference" in tone to help them identify themselves, I can't ever think of a time I did not want that in the monitor mix. Maybe I can think of one reason: if channel strip EQ is used to compensate for weak sound reproduction downstream (like no main speaker EQ (or incorrect EQ) so the overall system response does not reproduce sound faithfully), then I could understand this possibly.

Assuming that the system DSP/EQ is properly set, the channel strip EQ is there to compensate for microphone frequency response, offensive frequencies from certain sources, to fit each source into the mix where it sounds best, etc. 

Since the monitor wedges or IEMs will require a different EQ than the mains/subs, the channel EQ that helps in the aforementioned ways in the context of the FOH mix may not translate well to the mix the performers have on stage.  When I say different EQ for the monitors, I don't mean simply because they are different speakers.  Monitors aren't EQd with the same goals in mind as the FOH.  You could get the wedges/IEMs to sound like the main mix, but then they would suck as monitors.
Logged

Mike Spitzer

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 52
Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2011, 08:17:26 am »

What Josh said.

Also, politically, it's often easier for me. I get something that sounds right and FOH sounds great. But, the singer wants the bass on his voice dropped. If I do that, his voice sounds too thin in the house mix. I have to focus on FOH, so it's easier for me to be able to say (without lying) that I can't make that change. For people who are really picky about their monitor EQ, we'll set them up with an EQ between the board and the amp that they can tweak. That's pretty rare, though.

Some people will tell you that any change is solely for the purpose of fixing problems in the translation of sound into the mic and so the eq should equally affect the monitors and the FOH speakers, since the same change would be needed. Those people who can pull that off can do so because they always have the right equipment for the right job. In a church, you're usually working on a budget and have multiple worship teams, so customizing your equipment to the point where that's true is typically prohibitively expensive.

All of that said, though, many people don't care that much. I actually ended up picking the GB4 over the GL2400 pretty much solely on the number of aux sends. I needed 5 pre-fade and at least 1 (preferably 2) post-fade auxes. At that price, I couldn't beat the GB4, even though I do get occasional complaints from one of the singers.

-mS
Logged

ProSoundWeb Community

Re: SOundcraft GB4 vs. Allen & Heath GL2400
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2011, 08:17:26 am »


Pages: 1 2 [All]   Go Up
 



Page created in 0.047 seconds with 23 queries.