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Boards: Digital vs. Analog

Discussion in 'Recording' started by crispybishop04, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. So I'm working on a setup, but I'm not interested in spending thousands on a single Neumann tube mic. To be more specific, I've been deciding between a Mackie Onyx 1640 analog mixer board, and the M-Audio Projectmix I/O hooked up to a Mac.

    In all honesty, a digital board linked to a Mac (or PC, *blegh*) and Pro Tools is just as powerful as any analog board. The only (obvious) limitations I see are the fewer amounts of I/O on your average digital board. That, however, isn't an issue for my applications.

    As far as Aux Sends, Direct Outs, etc., all of those can be controlled through a digital board's controlling software. I can assign 8 channels of input to as many Aux channels as I would like (so long as my CPU doesn't freak out). So what's the deal? Why should I invest in an analog board when a digital board can do all of that, and more?
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001

    why do you feel you need a board ?

    The Projectmix is a good way to get a taste of many things in one product

    The analog unit will give you monitoring and routing when the computer is not alive
    great for personal gamming etc
    it gives zero latency hardware monitoring ... with the digital stuff hooked up to the computer you can never be sure and there is always that doubt

    these question have no specific single answer
    more importantly is how you like to work and what expectations you have
    both of these units are near the bottom of the market and offer good value for money when used within context

    when recording I don't use a mixer anymore
    but then I have a lot of stuff
  3. Crankitup

    Crankitup Guest

    I'd like to say that most analog boards have better pre's, eq's, etc than their digital counterparts... it differs largely from brand to brand though
  4. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
    Eh, that's not necessarily true - a Beh****er board's pre's and EQ cannot compare to those on an 01V - I know, you said "most"...

    I prefer to have an analog board inbetween my mics and recording medium, mainly for the tactile routing and simplicity of connections - but that's me.
  5. I prefer the intuitive feel having a mixer board, and automated faders are something that I, as a techie, just love. I don't have application for pre-recording EQ, so I suppose the only concerns I should have are with the mic Pre's. Thanks a lot folks!
  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001

    doesn't quite answer the question
    the Mackie Onyx 1640 won't give you the automated faders

    I am trying to split the idea of mixing board from DAW control surface

    Many people use their board as a primary monitoring control and signal splitting device.
    it can be used when not in record mode and might spend half the time in jamming or general listening mode.
    it provides hardware cue sends and zero latency monitoring
    and signal switching and splitting.
    some have multiple control room monitoring/speaker handling.

    At the other end of the scale there is the DAW with hughe I/O and a DAW control surface.
    NO signals ... analog or digital go through the board ... some even choose to put talkback through a different system with a button at the producers couch.

    By keeping the Mic-pres seperate, you get to put more of the budget into JUST the Mic-pre.
    I like this philosophy, but it's not for every one and at the lower budget some of the packages offer good value with many facilities and a good way to taste all of what is on offer.
  7. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
    Count me in as one of many...

  8. Crankitup

    Crankitup Guest

    I second that emotion
  9. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001

    I used to have the Auditronics 501
    I will try to live without it

    a friend pestered me and offered a fair sum for my two 501s and I gave in
    there are in very, very good hands
    and will be brought to well above their original condition and specs
    he is a wonderful electronics engineer and an excellent audio head
    and a pretty good guitarist

    as I said
    I will try to live with a simple control room based around the DAW
    with a DIY multi-input contol room monitoring device

    isn't not designed yet

    I needed to reduce the floor space used
    and reduced the maintenance time required
    they deserved more time and effort and perhaps money
    more than I have now ... or in the foreseeable future

    I may regret it one day

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