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Jason Lucas

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Best 48+ channel analog for under $7k?
« on: January 13, 2013, 04:11:04 pm »

This is mostly a theoretical question, since my church is not currently looking at buying a new console. But I wanted to ask you guys what you think the best 48 channel analog desk is, for $7000 or less.

So far the only two I've found are the Soundcraft GB8 and Allen & Heath GL2800-848.

So what do you think is the best? Requirements would be at least 48 channels, analog, and $7000 or less.
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Re: Best 48+ channel analog for under $7k?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2013, 04:13:51 pm »

This is mostly a theoretical question, since my church is not currently looking at buying a new console. But I wanted to ask you guys what you think the best 48 channel analog desk is, for $7000 or less.

So far the only two I've found are the Soundcraft GB8 and Allen & Heath GL2800-848.

So what do you think is the best? Requirements would be at least 48 channels, analog, and $7000 or less.

A used APB.
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Re: Best 48+ channel analog for under $7k?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2013, 04:16:10 pm »

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Re: Best 48+ channel analog for under $7k?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2013, 04:18:26 pm »

Or a used Soundcraft MH3

A more likely find than the APB.  I have seen APB's in the past for affordable prices, but MH desks more often.  Good feature set on the MH's.

There's an MH2-48 with goodies here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Soundcraft-MH-2-48-Ch-Tour-Pack-Mixing-Console-/181043982171?pt=US_Live_Studio_Mixers&hash=item2a270fef5b

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Re: Best 48+ channel analog for under $7k?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2013, 04:22:46 pm »

Hmm, how does the MH compare to the GB series? Just curious.
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2013, 04:33:05 pm »

Hmm, how does the MH compare to the GB series? Just curious.
TheMH is a real desk. Does that answer your question?
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2013, 04:39:13 pm »

Hmm, how does the MH compare to the GB series? Just curious.

The proper phrasing of the question would be "how does the GB compare to the MH".

Answer is it doesn't.

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Re: Best 48+ channel analog for under $7k?
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2013, 04:42:03 pm »

LOL that big a difference huh?

I guess $7k doesn't go too far in the new market for analog. Crazy how cheap some of those consoles are going for used. Looking now I can even find some Midas stuff for relatively cheap compared to how much they sold new...
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2013, 05:28:30 pm »

LOL that big a difference huh?

I guess $7k doesn't go too far in the new market for analog. Crazy how cheap some of those consoles are going for used. Looking now I can even find some Midas stuff for relatively cheap compared to how much they sold new...

MH2:

KEY FEATURES

    Frame sizes: 24+4, 32+4, 40+4 and 48+4
    Styling based closely on MH3/4, with a single-piece front panel
    MH3/4 mic amp design with 50dB range plus -20dB level shift and separate 1/4" Line input
    Swept high-pass filter and 4-band EQ (all bands swept)
    10 Auxes, of which 2 can be switched to create 1 x stereo send
    Pre/post fader switching in pairs (except 5-8 as one block of 4)
    8 full-time Group busses with paired routing
    LCR panning on inputs-mix
    8 VCAs and 6 Mute Groups
    4 Stereo Input channels with mic/line capability
    4 stereo line returns with 3-band fixed EQ, returns can route to output channels
    11x4 Matrix built-in
    10 x linear 60mm output faders, plus 8 rotary output faders with SWAP facility to allow linear faders to control either all 10 Auxes or 8 Grps and 2 Auxes
    Inserts on Groups and Mix outputs (Group insert moves between Grp & Aux)
    12-segment Input and Output metering
    Central assignment of VCA Groups, with individual LED displays per channel

Look up the features for the GB and compare.
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Re: Best 48+ channel analog for under $7k?
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2013, 06:35:53 pm »

MH2:

KEY FEATURES

    Frame sizes: 24+4, 32+4, 40+4 and 48+4
    Styling based closely on MH3/4, with a single-piece front panel
    MH3/4 mic amp design with 50dB range plus -20dB level shift and separate 1/4" Line input
    Swept high-pass filter and 4-band EQ (all bands swept)
    10 Auxes, of which 2 can be switched to create 1 x stereo send
    Pre/post fader switching in pairs (except 5-8 as one block of 4)
    8 full-time Group busses with paired routing
    LCR panning on inputs-mix
    8 VCAs and 6 Mute Groups
    4 Stereo Input channels with mic/line capability
    4 stereo line returns with 3-band fixed EQ, returns can route to output channels
    11x4 Matrix built-in
    10 x linear 60mm output faders, plus 8 rotary output faders with SWAP facility to allow linear faders to control either all 10 Auxes or 8 Grps and 2 Auxes
    Inserts on Groups and Mix outputs (Group insert moves between Grp & Aux)
    12-segment Input and Output metering
    Central assignment of VCA Groups, with individual LED displays per channel

Look up the features for the GB and compare.

I have and you're right, the MH is definitely the better board. The GB8 might be one of the best 48 channel Analog mixers you can get new, but shopping used there's MH, APB and Midas (if you're lucky) so might as well look for used.

My church paid $7000 for our digital mixer and I was curious as to how much that would fetch in the analog world. I honestly don't think the board we got is the best fit for us. But it works well enough, and we already bought it.
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