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32 ch. Ghost mixer

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Pre Amp, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. Pre Amp

    Pre Amp Guest

    I need 32 channel's, I also do some live recordings, but mostly studio recording.
    So far I'm looking at the Midas, or the Ghost, or whatever is in that price range.
    Please let me know any suggestions
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    When you say that you will be doing "some live recording", how much %? I ask that because portability and RF susceptibility become real world issues. You will probably be wanting 8 subs and at least 6-8 Aux sends, correct? The Midas boards in that $7K range are pretty much the Venice series, and they are 4-subs. The Ghost has an excellent reputation among folks on this site (DaveDog, for one) is a nice 8-bus for studio work. I have heard that there are RF noise issues with them in live recording situations, but I would ask Dave to comment on that.
    I use Allen & Heath for live, and some studio, recording. Their 32-channel, 8-bus is the GL4. That and a nice roadcase and stand could be had for around $7K. The Mackie Onyx 4880 8-bus is another contender....$6K...any of these should do well for you in or out of the studio. Good luck!
  3. Pre Amp

    Pre Amp Guest

    about 80% or so, of the time I'm recording live shows.
    However I really want to get away from that, and do more studio work...

    I've been using my Allen & Heath 16:2 mixwiz3
    But 16 channels is not enough
    I really need a nice 32 channel board that will last me for 5 to 10 years.
  4. Rider

    Rider Guest

    my friends done live sound for a while and hes loved using AH boards.
  5. Pre Amp

    Pre Amp Guest

    Well I have about $5000 to $7000 I can throw down, as of now.
  6. o2x

    o2x Active Member

    $7k seems a fair price to get a decent board for your needs, so you have some choice.

    Ghost is a decent desk. Although I have no experience of using this board live, it will serve you well in the studio.

    DDA made some good consoles, which are equally at home on the road as in the studio. You may be able to find one of these within your budget.
  7. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    DDA DID make some nice desks, for sure. I have mixed several TV projects on them back in the late 80s. I don't know where PreAmp resides, but in the States DDA boards are fairly rare, and the company is no longer in business, making support non-exisitent.
    Allen & Heath are still in business and supporting their product. At the price he said that he wanted to spend, he can get a nice GL4
    with all the goodies...
  8. o2x

    o2x Active Member

    Quite true, here in the UK we still have quite a few operational boards in studios across the country. As a result there is a service/repair market for them.

    However, if you get a board with good service history which has been checked out by an engineer before hand, they rarely go wrong.

    David Dearden and Gareth Davies of DDA fame went on to found Audient after DDA closed. A 32 channel audient would set you back at least $20k.
  9. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    For that kind of cash, you can get a 32 channel Ghost, do the upgrades and have a sweet thing that'll keep ya happy for a really long time. I'm talking used as the initial cost of course...But hey, they're out there and can be had for a shade under 4k. The upgrades will go around 3k so there you go.

    And it'll sound like heaven!
  10. Pre Amp

    Pre Amp Guest

    What is the difference in a Ghost and a Ghost LE?
  11. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    The LE has a plain master section while the full-blown version has midi-control for auto-mute,machine control and memory functions.
  12. Statick

    Statick Guest

    what are these upgrades you speak of?

    i have a ghost 32ch and am interested...
  13. dwoz

    dwoz Guest

    burr-brown rechips.

  14. Statick

    Statick Guest

    i dont have a clue what that means, and neither does google...

    please elaborate !
  15. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Burr-Brown is the manufacturer of IC chips. They are known for making some nice upgrades over the cheaper IC's that many gear manufacturers use. They offer opamps that may be replaced in the master section and maybe the input strips (?) to improve the "sound" of your board.
  16. Statick

    Statick Guest

    aha ! thanks for the tip...

    is there a distro in the UK, or a suitable alternative?

    thanks in adv...

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