Maybe a smart one. I have considerable electronics and computer skills and live by the old saying "if it works don't fix it". I've often found that all sorts of gear is harder to take apart without doing damage than it would be to fix if it had good mechanical design.Originally posted by golli:
It has been awhile since I've looked at the drawings/blueprints of my mixer, so there could well be jumpers inside of it. Some engineer I am :roll: :d:
I just put my old Mackie out to pasture yesterday provided my new Soundcraft holds up better than it. I had to send my Mackie back for the ribbon cable issue and they gave me great service on that. Now it's developed about 6db of internal noise and it's either gone or in standby service. No decision here yet.
I must admit the Mackie is well built mechanically. I'm also sure at one time there board may have been a great buy but mines either a lemon or production cost cuts put a dent in that. I also must say that the Mackie users board is probably the best group on the net. (I've been registered here a long time but right after I registered I lost my link in a system rebuild. I like what I see here so far a lot also and will probably be here also but havn't been here enough to form a good opinion.)
It's a small feature but so far I really like the color coded knobs on my new Soundcraft. It would be best if you could try some of the boards on for your personal layout usability as one consideration before buying. On the other hand I don't know yet how the top mounted jackfield is going to work out for me.
I'm also from the school that likes analog external gear with digital recording. I do mostly remotes and Murphy invites himself enough to every party. I'm not about to give him a written invite to visit me with sync issues between gear. Far to many times I've seen posts, "I have noise and dropouts on this gig, how do I fix it in the mix". I also do not like to do any more AD and DA conversions in my chain, once digital I want it to stay digital thus my mix is done in a computer and outputed digital to CD.
Good luck in your choices and study products hard.
I own an A&H 20:8:2 (they don't make these any more) - it's a dedicated mixer designed for use with an 8-track recorder (doesn't have the onboard effects, like the newer ones). I replaced my Mackie 1604 with it.
I find the EQs to be great, the preamps are better than the Mackies (mine was a CR-1604, though - ymmv), and more importantly, it has more headroom.
If you can find one of these on eBay or whatever, I wouldn't hesitate on it. For my needs, it's a great board, and I'm very, very happy with it - I won't need to swap it out unless I move up to a 24 track system (I have 16 tracks now).