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Allen & Heath pres/eq sound

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Question on the Allen & Heath MixWizard 16:2 mixer that I hope some of you can answer. (I have already searched the forums and can't find this info)

I am looking to buy one of these boards for a little project studio I have and plan on using it for pres/eq/and general monitoring. I have heard that it is very "British" sounding. Well, British or not, does it sound good? Is it transparent or does it have some color to it? I really would like something with a little character for my mixes. Also, do you think it sounds good enough to be used to mix the audio down to stereo? I would like to do this out of the box if the mixer sounds good enough.

Thanks to everyone who replies. I would go and try one out for myself, but am unable to at the moment.


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20 years 11 months

Fruition2k Tue, 01/27/2004 - 16:46
I love the 16:2, just used one for FOH Saturday for "King of the Cage" extreme marshall arts event
at the arena where I work, sounded great! Bought it for a live simulcast - special VIP preshow last May for Good Charlotte. The 16:2 was great...I was very pleased, coupled with 2 Audix OM7's and a direct guitar proved to be plenty for the 100 or so VIPs. Used a DBX 1046 on the inserts and second master out, one mix to the ISDN (radio station) the other mix out to powered main speakers...very easy and fun.
I posted a picture here in this newsgroup already about a different subject but you get the idea.

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Cool thing about it for recording is the 16 direct outs and the eq, which is much better than the mackies or soundcrafts give you in my opinion. I know it can be modded internally to give an even better sound, but its fine the way it is. I never tried out the built in Lexicon verbs, but in a 20,000 seat arena I'll never need it.
Hope that helps,

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Pro Audio Guest Tue, 01/27/2004 - 20:24
I used my new Miz Wiz 16:2 last Thursday. I ran live sound with it and direct outs for 8 track recording. As an experiment, I fed drum OH's into an RNP 1st. Otherwise, it was A&H pres. All-in-all, I was very happy. Nice clean but warm tone. Not as alive and thick as a Great River 1nv. Its hard for me to campare the RNP. Something about the rnp sound is bugging me right now...but its most likely not the "flavor" I'm hearing in my head. I burned a CD of a piano based jazz trio that sounds really really good.

The "British" reference, I think, is the dual sweepable mid EQ controls. Outstanding for the live mix. I had three bands sharing some of the same gear. Some knew how to EQ their amps. some didn't. I could do a lot of fixing from the board. I did finally go on stage and EQ the keyboard and bass amps. The bass amp had 800hz dialed all the way down. Try to work with that! (Bass solo? That was a bass solo?)

The Mix Wiz is a great mixer in its price range.


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20 years 9 months

realdynamix Wed, 01/28/2004 - 02:29
Originally posted by shortyprs:
I used my new Miz Wiz 16:2 last Thursday...Nice clean but warm tone... The "British" reference, I think, is the dual sweepable mid EQ controls. Outstanding for the live mix. The Mix Wiz is a great mixer in its price range.

:) Sounds like some more A&H fans, I have been a fan for many years. I am happy the tradition is holding with these tools.

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Pro Audio Guest Fri, 01/30/2004 - 15:49
I have an A & H sigma and love it. Only problem is the auto-mute processor is / was missing when I got it. Without the processor, the mutes do not work. They do work however when I depress solo on an input module. I contacted Mike with A & H in the UK, but he had no clue where to find one. Fortiunatly I record to the Mackie HDR 24 / 96 and I can mute tracks on the GUI