Hi everybody, My home studio is currently 100% in the box, API512 Pres, Vintech Pres, Apogee Converters, best of plug-ins, great mics, rooms, yadayada. Well, I'm sick of mixing in the box, tired of the sound, tired of no "hands-on-ness", working against the cleanness of an all digital setup (creating synthetic mojo/color), ect.. Yeah, I'm able to make great mixes ITB, please the client, so this is strictly for my creative pleasure and I enjoy working with an analog mixer, hardware, instead of ITB. I produce indie rock, folk, alternative rock, and so color and mojo is everything, very few things do I try to keep transparent, cause transparent isn't my cup of tea for what I do. This isn't a digital vs analog debate, everything sounds different, everything has its place. So, I come here for some suggestions for a 16-24 channel analog console, new or used, old or vintage, for around $7500 US No automation, cause quality automation doesn't happen in that price range as far as I know of, and I like live mixing with multiple peoples hand on the faders. I will still use my DAW and symphony system for the "tape machine", and for a while I'll have to use some plugins until I obtain enough outboard gear, but I will eventually use 99% hardware processing. After the DAW sends the individual outputs to the converters, to the analog board, summed to master bus, the master bus will then go to a separate computer with a 2 channel converter and "master" Daw VIA 2" tape machine. Maybe something like a MCI JH416?