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anyone familiar w/Soundcraft DC2020?

Hi y'all,

I recently found what turned out to be a scam post on eBay for a Soundcraft dc2020, and though the tranaction turned out to be fictional, it got me to thinking that this might be a good upgrade from my Soundcraft 600. It also seems like I wouldn't have to re-wire the whole studio, since they both have the built-in patchbay and EDAC connectors, and it's got more modern features (automation, phase switch, in-line-ness) that the 600 don't got.
Have any of y'all had any experience with the dc2020? should i be looking for something else? I'd appreciate anyone's opinion.
thanks,
mc

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Ras Judah Sun, 09/28/2003 - 17:00

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Greetings Michael,

I have (limited) experience with a DC2000 (my friend's desk), which is, I believe, very similar to the DC2020.

It's no Neve, but it's not bad. If you can get one for a decent price it's worth considering. I must point out that my friend has his hard-wired to his patchbay and only really uses it for monitoring/routing rather than tracking - that's where his APIs, etc. come into play.

I'm no expert (far from it :( ) and I don't know what your budget is nor what other gear you have and so I can't wholeheartedly recommend the desk. I'm sure there are others on this site with more experience than me who can debate (at length) the pros and cons of this desk and even offer alternatives, but from my limited experience with the DC2000 within the context in which it's used I'd have to say that you could do worse.

HTH

Michael Crow Sun, 09/28/2003 - 17:48

Thanks for the advice, spy. I'm not really chomping at the bit to axe the Soundcraft 600 i've got, so I'm just keeping my eyes out for something with some more features. (like a dang phase switch!) Cheers!

-mc

mattssons Mon, 10/13/2003 - 06:58

Hi

I have a couple of hundred hours on Dc 2020.
I like it a lot, ok it's not Neve or SSl but it's great value, especially these days when you can get a secondhand for around 6000 Usd i guess.
Automation, meterbridge, e.q, inline etc.

Best regards / Toby

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Aeode Music Tue, 01/25/2011 - 13:16

Hey Michael,

I am actually an owner of a Soundcraft dc2020 and have nothing but posative things to say about it. The mic pres are great, the eqs are awesome, and the board is fairly easy to learn. Others are correct in saying it is no Neve... however, for the money it is as close as you'll get. A used Neve can easily run around $76,000 while most dc2020s are from $6,000 in fair condition to $18,000 in good condition.
I am actually looking to downsize because my studio is relocating and am looking to sell mine. It is the fully inline 32 channel version with the built in edac patchbay. I also have a spare power supply and a LOT of cabling that will go with it. Let me know if you are still looking. We are located in NH (a bit of a haul from TX) but this board could be just what you're looking for. I'm looking to sell it for about $12,000 because it has been well kept and only maintained by a professional studio tech.

Hope that helps!

bigtree Tue, 01/25/2011 - 14:03

Hey Aeode,

this is an old post so I'm thinking Michael has long past this thread, however, those are nice boards so feel welcome to actually list that in our buy and sell section.

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