We are looking at a buying a console for our main studio. It will be running with an HD3 rig as the tape machine. Pro Tools will also be used for thr effects plugins as we do not have the budget right now to purchase outboard effects processors. Also, I immagine that we will also be using pro tools automation a little as well, because all of us here are used to mixing on Pro Tools
Our main reason for buying the console is because we are mainly an educational facility. We need to be able to teach our students how to use an analog console and give them some practical signal flow experience. Also, we want them to learn automation on an analog console.
Right now, our top 2 choices are:
Otari Status 18R with eagle automation and pixmix module
Sony MCI 3036 with VCA automation
i have found both for about 12,000US in used condition (which is our budget for the console)
Our main concerns our:
preamp quality. we know we won't be getting neve quality pres, but at the same time, we'd like to have something better than what you'd get from a mackie mixer. One of the appeals of the MCI console is the ability to upgrade the pres and other modules (ex. john handy modules) We arent aware of anything that is available in that respect for the Otari. anyone know of anything available?
Ease of use. we don't want to be trying to teach signal flow on a complex console. We need something that is fairly easy for a beginner to catch on to.
Durability. This console will be used ALOT, and will be mostly be used by novices. It needs to be able to take some abuse. We also don't want to be servicing it all the time.
is there anyone with experience on either console?
Also, i was able to find alot of information on the MCI console, but next to nothin on the Otari, and the Otari website doesn't seem to have any info on it, so if you know where i might be able to get some info on it, it would be greatly appreciated
Also, we are open to any other recommendations for consoles within our criteria and price rance (we need at least 32 mic pres)