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Good Clean home-studio mixer??

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by noamlev5, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. noamlev5

    noamlev5 Guest

    Hey everyone...I was wondering if anyone can recomend on a good mixer for my home studio...upuntill now I was working with a Mackie 1604 but it brokedown and its to expensive to fix it...
    anyway im looking for an upgrade from that mixer in the price range of about 750$. im recording alot of live-recordings with drums ect...so its realy importent for me to have at least 8 Direct-outs in the mixer and 8+chanels...thanks a lot guys! just looking for some opinuns!

    sorry about the bad engilsh im from israel... :cool:
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    At that price range, you are pretty much limited to a Mackie Onyx, if you are lucky. I would recommend saving a bit more and look at a Allen&Heath....the other brands (Behringer, Samson, Spirit,etc) do not have the quality of the Mackie you just lost...
  3. noamlev5

    noamlev5 Guest

    Thanks alot...I think I can raise a few more $$ and get a better one but what modle would you sugest on a A&H?? I heard there new ones are $*^t...
    thanks agian
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Well, I have a pair of GL2 rack-mount mixers. These were developed by A & H right before they were bought out by Harmon. Very solid. 10 mono channels, dual stereo channels, all of the features of their big boards.
    I am not a big fan of the "Wizard" line that was subsequently developed by Harmon before they sold off the company. I really believe that the GL2 is a better product. Shop around, you may very well get one around your price!
  5. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Mackie ONYX. A No-brainer. Save up, cash-in glass bottles, sell your blood, do whatever you have to. It's worth it. :cool:
  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    You are not going to step up to anything similar to your 1604, for $750. Sorry. The 1640 would be the way to go but it is an order of magnitude, twice the cost of the original 1604. I know you are the chosen people but perhaps you should choose something else?

    Already chosen
    Ms. Remy Ann David

    yes I'm Jewish too, so anything on sale is good.
  7. noamlev5

    noamlev5 Guest

    Thanks everyone for your edvice! I realy do love my mixer...to bad it went to its world :(
    anyway...your saying the 1604 is better or the same as the1640??
    arent the pres there a hell of alot better??
    thanks a lot once agian! :wink:
  8. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    The ONYX 1640 (and the other related ONYX line of mixers) is a rather serious step up from the VLZ Pro series (Which wasn't bad at all, of course).

    Mackie's got all the info on their website, of course, but the big features are the new preamps, the Perkins designed EQ and the firewire interface (card purchased separately.) You'll also need a little more room in your mix area for them. Each counter part is a good bit larger than it's predecessor. (The 1640 is a serious size UP from the 1604, ditto for the 1220 Onyx vs. the 1202 VLZ. Much bigger footprints all around.)

    The older series was/is great, and I still have a few of them for other things. It's a shame yours isn't worth fixing, but if you're going to start over, the ONYX is a good place to start, when you have the $ ready.
  9. mackie's tight. depends on what exaclty you need from your mixer. i only need preamps on some of the drums (project studio don't have the money for killer preamps on every single piece.) i have a 1402? the one with 6 XDR pre's and im thinkin about callin up old texaas instruments and replacing the JRC 4558 op-amps with some burr brown's of some sort.

    how exactly did the piece "break down," ive heard that the way mackie lays out their circuitry it is hard to replace or fix stuff. so in that sense ive heard allen and heath actually lays out their circuitry chasis a little bit better so that you can get to it if any problems occur. technically i think allen and heath and mackie are really similar. i just like mackies better

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