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Choosing mixer

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by knutsenusa, Mar 21, 2002.

  1. knutsenusa

    knutsenusa Guest

    Hi!

    I'm selling of all of my former project studio stuff to start over again. I'd really like a 24 channel mixer, and was sort of set on the Mackie 24/8, but now I've heard so much bad things about it that I can't go through with buying it.

    Which mixer at this size and price-range is better? Should I get an older one?

    I also need a new recording system (as cheap as possible), for the 24 channels. Should I go for something like the Tascam DA-38's, or maybe Mackie MDR 24/96, or computer based recording? Which would be the best option with an analog desk?

    Chris
    knutsenusa@hotmail.com
     
  2. sign

    sign Guest

    Hi Chris

    Actually yesterday we were listening to a recording of a jazz production I did some 5 years ago with a small Seck 1882 board.

    Everybody agreed the sound is great, this board is rare I suppose, but has wonderful mic pre's and a very brittish eq. (low at 45hz and high at 11khz)

    If you can find one, don't hesitate and get it!

    It has 18 mic pre's, 18 line in's and 18 tape in's, but you can use the 8 subs as inputs and it has 4 extra aux in's with eq so running 24 tracks is a piece of cake.

    I have two of these boards and they are not for sale!! (way better than a Mackie :p )
     
  3. knutsenusa

    knutsenusa Guest

    Thanx Han!

    I just found one, but it's a Seck 1882 MKII.
    Is this the same thing? I was actually told it was an OK mixer, but not a Mackie, without even mentioning my former enthusiasm for the Mackie.

    It's pretty cheap aswell..Should I go ahead you think? I will be using it for recording alternative rock, punk stuff..

    Chris
     
  4. coldsnow

    coldsnow Active Member

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    I have the MDR and analog 8 bus mackie combo. I am happy with it. I don't use the board for tracking only monitoring and mixing. I recently brought in the 8 bus to compare it to my Allen Heath GL2200 and ended up keeping the 8 bus and selling the Allen Heath. I think a lot of the bad hype around Mackie goes to their 4 bus VLZ pro line which I had before the Allen Heath and didn't like it at all (too harsh sounding). The 8 bus is a totally better sound IMO. A lot of current hit songs were mixed on the Mackie 8 bus so they have some merrit as well. Use your ears not hype. Again I can't talk to it's tracking ability because I have never plugged a Mic into mine other than to try it when I bought it. They are going around 1500 on ebay. That is a great deal again IMO. Of course I would have bought a Ghost had I had the extra 4K, but for the money it's a great unit and you can always add some Speck ASC eq's if you really feal the need and still be considerably less than others.
     
  5. planet red

    planet red Active Member

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    If you want something cheap and easy thats going to sound pretty good, I'd get some sort of computer based system and mix inside the box with plug ins. Unless you're planning on getting a bunch of nice (and expensive) outboard and a nice mixing console, I'd just get a basic nuendo setup with a couple nice mic pres and a digimax for extra mic inputs, and a handful of good plug ins and maybe two good channels of A/D conversion. It would be quick and easy and you could do decent quality work, without breaking the budget.
     
  6. knutsenusa

    knutsenusa Guest

    I can get a Otari Radar I system for about $ 3K. Would it be worth it, or would I need too much outboard gear?

    Is it possible to intergrate f.o. a Mackie 24/8 and a computer, then mix it on the Mackie afterwards?

    Chris
     
  7. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

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    Soundcraft Ghost & the Tascam 2424???

    Just an idea... :w:
     
  8. sign

    sign Guest

    Compared to the Seck 1882 MK11 a Mackie board is a dull sounding piece of ??

    Not a Mackie? ROFL :D

    Have fun, make music :tu:
     
  9. bhenderson

    bhenderson Guest

    iZ (pronounced "is") has just announced an IDE version of RADAR called the RADAR 24 Project. It is only $5999 and has the same "CLassic I/O" 48kHz A/D/As that has made RADAR known world-wide and recorder more hit records than any other hard disk recorder
     

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