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Jesse gray

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choosing a digital board
« on: September 17, 2013, 09:17:11 pm »

So I am wanting to buy a digital board for the ministry I run sound for. We are currently running an Allen & Heath GL2400 in each of our two buildings. I have had my eyes on the Soundcraft Si Expression 3 because though we only use 19 channels on it right now, I want them to be able to handle larger shows in the future after I leave. (also ease of use/teaching for volunteers, having the FX/monitors 1 touch away) So the questions I had were:

the expression series only has a 4 band semi-parametric eq, do i need a fully parametric eq, and if i do, am I wanting more than 4 bands?

as far as expandibility We do live recordings through the direct outs into an Adat hd24, and then into Logic Pro. I have been checking out the dante card, but have only seen them in the UK. also I would love to get the MADI card for the stage box, so can you record and use the stage box with one card? do I want two card ports?

I know the questions I have asked can make the board price range from $3k to $30k. So this is my last one. The budget is 3-9K. I have two venues I would like upgrade. So should I just upgrade the one get the best one I can for the price. or get two lower priced, but still way better than what we have, boards for the same cost? I don't want the x32 at all, and am disinclined towards the ls9, but could have someone sell me on it.


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Re: choosing a digital board
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 09:25:49 pm »

So I am wanting to buy a digital board for the ministry I run sound for. We are currently running an Allen & Heath GL2400 in each of our two buildings. I have had my eyes on the Soundcraft Si Expression 3 because though we only use 19 channels on it right now, I want them to be able to handle larger shows in the future after I leave. (also ease of use/teaching for volunteers, having the FX/monitors 1 touch away) So the questions I had were:

the expression series only has a 4 band semi-parametric eq, do i need a fully parametric eq, and if i do, am I wanting more than 4 bands?

as far as expandibility We do live recordings through the direct outs into an Adat hd24, and then into Logic Pro. I have been checking out the dante card, but have only seen them in the UK. also I would love to get the MADI card for the stage box, so can you record and use the stage box with one card? do I want two card ports?

I know the questions I have asked can make the board price range from $3k to $30k. So this is my last one. The budget is 3-9K. I have two venues I would like upgrade. So should I just upgrade the one get the best one I can for the price. or get two lower priced, but still way better than what we have, boards for the same cost? I don't want the x32 at all, and am disinclined towards the ls9, but could have someone sell me on it.


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Re: choosing a digital board
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2013, 09:27:45 pm »

Curosity got the better of me. What is wrong with the X32?

It's a tool of the devil...
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Re: choosing a digital board
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 09:46:46 pm »

It's a tool of the devil...


Isn't he still an analog die hard?
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Re: choosing a digital board
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2013, 10:00:42 pm »

Take a look at the Presonus 32...  full parametric is real real nice.
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Re: choosing a digital board
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2013, 10:22:31 pm »

It's a tool of the devil...

I just don't like anything Behringer. I have a bunch of different gates, compressors, and dsp's and I havent liked anything. That and I don't like the workflow, I havent used one before but to be able to teach volunteers on that it seems like a nightmare. I don't have a problem with learning to use any board, but I have to be able to teach my team before I leave in a couple of months.
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2013, 10:26:57 pm »

Take a look at the Presonus 32...  full parametric is real real nice.

Plus it's likely the easiest switch-over from analog to "digi-log".  Very few menus, no layers, fine feature set, SMAART to keep an eye on things in real time, tunable gates, expanders and a generally user-friendly layout.  And if you have some favorite analog outboard you don't want to part with....it has INSERTS!!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2013, 10:32:35 pm »

I just don't like anything Behringer. I have a bunch of different gates, compressors, and dsp's and I havent liked anything. That and I don't like the workflow, I havent used one before but to be able to teach volunteers on that it seems like a nightmare. I don't have a problem with learning to use any board, but I have to be able to teach my team before I leave in a couple of months.

stick with analog... you can always coach them over the phone.

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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2013, 11:01:50 pm »

stick with analog... you can always coach them over the phone.

Depending on the board ( presonus/soundcraft si) I would also be able to coach them over the phone as well. I also need new outboard effects. All the ones we own suck. So I would need to train them on the processors ( they don't know how to use them) and it would be so much easier to have it all in one spot.

Plus it's likely the easiest switch-over from analog to "digi-log".  Very few menus, no layers, fine feature set, SMAART to keep an eye on things in real time, tunable gates, expanders and a generally user-friendly layout.  And if you have some favorite analog outboard you don't want to part with....it has INSERTS!!!!!

I don't know how many inserts the presonus has but I know the si has 4 that are patchable to channels. and for whatever reason, the layout of the studiolive throws me off. That and moving faders are just so fun!

It I can swing it, would an Allen & Heath GLD-80 be a good option? I like that it has dedicated ports for digital boxes and network cards for recording.
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2013, 11:07:25 pm »

Depending on the board ( presonus/soundcraft si) I would also be able to coach them over the phone as well. I also need new outboard effects. All the ones we own suck. So I would need to train them on the processors ( they don't know how to use them) and it would be so much easier to have it all in one spot.

I don't know how many inserts the presonus has but I know the si has 4 that are patchable to channels. and for whatever reason, the layout of the studiolive throws me off. That and moving faders are just so fun!

It I can swing it, would an Allen & Heath GLD-80 be a good option? I like that it has dedicated ports for digital boxes and network cards for recording.

The Presonus has inserts on every channel...pre-A/D.

If you're going to get two boards, go Presonus.  If you want to spend the budget on one excellent board, get the GLD.
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