How many of you are using Mackie D8B and how many are happy?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by bluemusic, Jan 29, 2005.

  1. bluemusic

    bluemusic Active Member

    Jan 29, 2005
    I was thinking of going into digital mixers and I know that it is possible to get this mixer pretty cheap at the moment.

    Any satisied customers?

    Blue music
  2. Roey

    Roey Guest

    The D8B:

    Quite an amazing concept stands behind it (operation wise), and it's super-cool if you're doing surround.
    The Compressor is really nice;
    The EQs are not the best (Mackie's analog EQs are better in my opinion);
    Any automation is dead-easy;
    The OS is quite stable, but has its bad moments sometimes (nothing that restart wouldn't solve);

    I think the most worrying thing about it is the effects - on the one I've used (and still using sometimes) the effects are nowhere next to impressive (nearly any Yamaha digital desk has better effects).

    Try it out before you buy, and listen mainly to the EQs and the effects.
  3. MikePotter

    MikePotter Guest

    I would definitely count myself a satisfied d8b user. I know this will likely jinx my board - but I've been using mine since early '99 and its been rock solid. Nothing on it is spectacular, sonically(sp?) speaking, and it cannot and never will be able to work at sampling frequencies above 48k, but certainly worth the current going price (what. $3500 or so?) Add a couple of good channels of preamps and better a/d converters and its more than just adequate.

  4. KungFuLio

    KungFuLio Guest

    I worked on a d8b for a few years. Get the apogee clock option, huge difference. I found it to be a good mixing experience.

    That said, I've working on a DMX-R100 for the past four years. Sonically, it made me realize how limited the d8b was. You can still make incredible sounding records on the d8b. I would also recomend getting a monitor. To depend on the LED readout was a huge PITA. I had th d8b for about a week before I buckled under and got a monitor.
    The power supply is somewhat noisy, so you'll need some sort of isolation for it.

    I can agree with Mike, it's a stable console.

    Good Luck!
  5. bluemusic

    bluemusic Active Member

    Jan 29, 2005

    What kind of DAW are you using it with. I work with Nuendo, and ain't going to change, so it has to work flawless with this one.

  6. bluemusic

    bluemusic Active Member

    Jan 29, 2005
  7. KungFuLio

    KungFuLio Guest

    I was using DP when i was on the d8b.
    ... worked fine should nuendo

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