Best live mixer for under $1200

Discussion in 'Location Recording' started by mdb, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    I'm looking to find some advice on the best live mixer money can buy for $1200 or less. I have someone looking for one. I was thinking Allen & Heath or Soundcraft, but have no live experience on either of these companies boards.

    This is what is necessary:

    Analog (digital is probably way out of this price range)
    16 channels
    Minimum of 4 Aux sends
    Desk top, not rack mount
    The more features the better (48v on individual channels, individual aux send mutes, solos, groups, etc... you know)

    Needs decent preamps on it too. Any suggestions (other than Beh84#!*er)?
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    For 16 channels it's hard to beat a Mackie Onyx1640. Used they are in that range. Just double check it before finalizing the sale. I f you can find an Allen Heath for that it is also a good deal but the 1640 can double as an interface.
  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    A&H MixWizard WZ3:16:2 16-ins, 16 Direct Outs, 6-Aux, L/R, Ind. Phantom, built-in DSP

    Soundcraft GB2-16 16-ins, 16 Direct Outs, 4-band EQ, 6-Aux, 2 Paired Groups, Ind. Phantom

    Soundcraft FX16ii 16-ins, 16 Direct Outs, 3-band EQ, 4-Aux, 2 Paired Groups, 2xPhantom Zones, built-in DSP

    In my opinion these are all very respectable live mixers within the budget (with a couple hundred bucks leftover for a road case).
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

  5. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    Thanks for the info guys. I've passed it on. audiokid, that digital board looks interesting, but they're not interested in the digital realm yet. Appreciate the offer.
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Ramsa is another great (dark horse) choice.
    Used Soundcrafts are everywhere in Canada (Vancouver). Its all we used and they were very solid road boards in heavy smoke filled bars. I'd call Bryon @ AnnexPro in Vancouver BC and I bet he'll know someone who has something perfect for you. He connects the dots like no one else in BC. Good luck.
  7. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Yup. Soundcraft Deltas, A&H GL series, lots of those running around at your price point. Tascam 2600 maybe....

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