Opinions of a DDA CS8 console for mixdown?

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by rolo, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. rolo

    rolo Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    hello! I'll start by saying i've personally owned Soundcraft 6000, Delta, Ghost. Sounctracs Topaz, Amek Tac Magnum, Matchless, Scorpion, Bullet. every Ramsa.
    The last 4-5 years i've been in the box with PT HD4 and a UAD quad. Some really killer analog front end. I've been very happy with the results, but i miss console mixing. it's just more fun and usually yields better results.
    So, i've been eyeing a DDA CS8 24 ch console in full working condition.
    Does anyone here have any experience on the CS8 series. I'd love to hear about it. Thanks.
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    I've used the CS8 for live mixing, which is what it was designed for. It was built like a tank, very robust. While the desk had plenty of headroom in it's design, there are no dedicated "tape" inputs on it, and the Line ins are simply attenuated jacks going to the mic preamp. I would be concerned that this may compromise the audio quality when mixing your converters' line outputs into it.
    Other than that...I would definitely give it a go!
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I wouldn't be too terribly concerned about feeding line input into a microphone input, when the microphone input has a pad of at least -20 DB, at the front end. If you don't have a pad, then I wouldn't suggest it. Not having a pad would indicate it is a fixed microphone preamp gain of probably 20 DB, followed by a variable buffer amplifier, like Mackie and the Neve 1073, which really doesn't want to see line level at the microphone inputs. Though sometimes running your signal into those microphone preamps can actually provide that je ne sais quoi of extra flavor. Provided you're not blowing out the front end of the preamp. So I too would say go for it. DDA had a nice reputation for being a decent desk. So to sum it up, I think you should sum it up.

    Sum buddy has to do it. I'd like you to say hi to my buddy. Mr. Neve.
    Mx. Remy Ann David
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