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Al Rettich

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H.S. Console used by kids.
« on: March 13, 2019, 07:37:54 pm »

I come to you asking for advice.  Have a friend who's a tech director at a H.S. looking to upgrade from there M7CL..

Requirements;
Min of 48 channels,
Remote stage box, (prefer it be connected via CAT5e
Easy for H.S. kids to learn,
Can multi-track record,
Waves compatible.

Any thoughts? He'd has a loose budget of low 30's.
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Re: H.S. Console used by kids.
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2019, 07:44:54 pm »

In that price range, I've yet to see anything best the D-LIVE's feature set and ease of use. Pick your preferred surface and IO boxes as needed.

We run x2 GLD's at many of my local high schools and the students are able to pick up the systems very quickly.

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Re: H.S. Console used by kids.
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2019, 09:59:34 pm »

Digico S21/S31. Ticks all the boxes and will come in well under budget. Very modern interface that should be quite intuitive for most users.
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Re: H.S. Console used by kids.
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2019, 12:14:28 am »

Must be some high school to have a 30k budget for a mixer!

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Re: H.S. Console used by kids.
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2019, 04:04:05 am »

Since they are already familiar with the M7, why not get a CL3 or 5? Basically the same interface.
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2019, 04:32:35 am »

Since they are already familiar with the M7, why not get a CL3 or 5? Basically the same interface.
Should be able to get a CL5 and RIO 3224 and 1608 for right about 35 grand.


The Digicos, even the S21/S31 as well as the A&H are much more complicated to learn than the CL5, which they already basically know since it's the same interface as the M7, just more refined.
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Re: H.S. Console used by kids.
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2019, 08:21:09 am »

The Digicos, even the S21/S31 as well as the A&H are much more complicated to learn than the CL5, which they already basically know since it's the same interface as the M7, just more refined.
Unless the students are regularly reconfiguring deep mixer settings, I disagree with this, especially for the DLive.  Our church just switched from an M7 to a DLive and the reaction of everyone has been incredibly positive - the DLive is significantly easier to use especially for monitors from FOH than the M7 was.
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Re: H.S. Console used by kids.
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2019, 11:08:52 am »

You can get into a fairly capable d-Live system (C-series) for about $13k. I find the interface very logical. I like it a lot. I also like the open-feeling layout of the control surface and screen pages-- it's not small and fussy like some. It would be good for two people working together in an instructional situation. The knobs feel solid as they always do on A&H stuff. I worry more about the rubber buttons. Time will tell how durable they are. --Frank
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Re: H.S. Console used by kids.
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2019, 12:49:41 pm »

I come to you asking for advice.  Have a friend who's a tech director at a H.S. looking to upgrade from there M7CL..

Requirements;
Min of 48 channels,
Remote stage box, (prefer it be connected via CAT5e
Easy for H.S. kids to learn,
Can multi-track record,
Waves compatible.

Any thoughts? He'd has a loose budget of low 30's.

How about:

A&H SQ7 with Dante card, new A&H Dante stageboxes, external Dante/Waves bridge. Unless the high school is being used as a pro venue, what features do they need that an SQ can't provide?

Spend the other $20k on something else.
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2019, 01:50:41 pm »

Other options not yet mentioned:
Digico SD9 with Waves server 
Potentially an SD12 on B-stock

New Midas Pro level console is right around the corner, as well.

I come to you asking for advice.  Have a friend who's a tech director at a H.S. looking to upgrade from there M7CL..

Requirements;
Min of 48 channels,
Remote stage box, (prefer it be connected via CAT5e
Easy for H.S. kids to learn,
Can multi-track record,
Waves compatible.

Any thoughts? He'd has a loose budget of low 30's.
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