I have three related questions for you.
I was uncertain whether ask for your help or not and eventually decided for this second option, I hope you'll help me focus on relevant facts.
The centre of my production system, with which i used to do soundtrack's songwriting and mixing with a friend/collegue of mine and other audio related
tasks, is based upon a personal computer (windows) and a Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 (8 analog inputs/10 analog outs; 16 adat i/o, w.c. i/o etc).
With this setup i was able to record external sources with the Focusrite pre and to mix everything itb with the precious help of selected plugins.
Recently i expaded my setup with:
1 Focusrite Octopre MkII dynamics (8 analog i/o + compressors, 8 adat i/o, w.c. i/o),
1 Universal Audio UAD - 2 quad,
1 Universal audio 4-710d (4 mic/line xlr i/o + 4 line trs inputs, 8 ch adat in/out, w.c. i/o),
2 ssl x-logic alpha channel (mic/line/inst combo neutrik input, each one with analog trs out or s/pdif)
1 dramwer 1960
These are, basically, all preamps, or preamps + eq or preamps + compressor (s).
Here come the questions.
1) Would a patchbay improve and simplify my signal routing?
I think so, but which one should i choose? Apart from choosing normalled vs half normalled i see that patchbay's price can range from 90 euros,
made by Neutrik, trs front connections, to 1000 euros for a bantam style patchbay from the same manufacturer.
(I've always seen this latter type in big studios, these really cost too much and i'm not going to consider them at this point)
Would a trs design patch bay improve and simplify my signal routings without degrading the signals?
2)The newly acquired Focusrite Octopre MKII is a 8chs ad/da converter so, in the last phase of the work, i could eventually mix (premixed) stems
or up to 16/18 channels on an analog mixer, out of the box with further improvements.
Could a second-hand Mackie SR24-4-2 VLZ (Made in Usa), sold as a bargain for 549 euros (in the price it's also included a flight case), be a good
option to mix out of the box, soundwise speaking?
3) Could a second hand Tl-Audio A4 Ebony Summing mixer (16 ch input, 2 out, both on trs), sold as bargain for 650 euros, be considered a good choice?
I'm not really sure that acquiring one of these last two items can be considered a real bargain from the point of view of sound improvement (and obviously money).
What would you suggest?
Hope to hear feedbacks from you, thanks!