Quick! Help!! Mackie Desks

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by louis007221, Sep 21, 2004.

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  1. louis007221

    louis007221 Guest

    Hello, I’m new ‘round here and am looking for a quick answer as I’ve seen two second hand Mackie desks. I’ve had a quick look through the forums and couldn’t find anything so apologies if this has already been covered.

    I am producing electronic music, no live stuff. I have two synths, a Waldorf Pulse and a Virus C, I run Logic off a PC with a Midiman Audiophile (2ins 2outs).

    I have seen a Mackie. 24-4 with flightcase for $500
    Mackie CR1604 VLZ for $350

    Recommendations? At the moment I am mixing within Logic but keep reading that outboard mixdowns (particularly Mackies) are a better. These seem like good prices, no?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. louis007221

    louis007221 Guest

    Just as an update....

    If I don't get one of these, I'll either have to look for something in the same range or not get one and pay an engineer for mixdowns.

    I.e. there aint no more money in the budget!!
  3. JeffreyMajeau

    JeffreyMajeau Active Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    Mixing in the box is going to sonically kick a Mackie's ass all day long. You can do a respectable mix on a Mackie, but they're kinda fraught with a lot of compromises. They're pretty decent boards for the price point, but they're not what I'd consider a first-choice mixdown desk. They lack headroom, have a wealth of crosstalk and just kinda fall a bit flat compared to taking that $500 and buying a 1/2 day at an SSL studio. $90/hour around here will get you a REALLY nice room with a squeaky new SSL4000 (one of the last made) and an engineer. That's a friggin bargain.
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I would recomend the SR 24 over the 1604 I have ahd both and for some reason, the SR 24 seems to sound better that the 1604 and it has better aux send facillities.

    The SR24 is real ok for what it is ... you are running digital electronic instruments so you probably will not hear any degridation with any Mackie ... it should be fine.
  5. louis007221

    louis007221 Guest

    This is my planned setup:

    2 x synths (outboard)
    Mixing desk (16 or 24 channels)
    Midi controllers (keyboard and a box of knobs and sliders)

    I currently have a Midiman Audiophile with 2 ins and 2 outs.

    If I get a 16 / 24 channel desk, will I have to get a new soundcard? I’d like a synth on channels 1 and 2, kick drum on 3, snares on 2, hats on 4 etc. etc. rather than mixing within Logic.
  6. louis007221

    louis007221 Guest

    I think I'm going to go for the 24 channel job, this is the s/c I'd get (I'd buy another eventually)

    E Bay

    Do you think that because it's internal, this will be detrimental?
  7. louis007221

    louis007221 Guest

    Could I buy an interface at a later date and use it with that card to keep the mixing away from the PC??

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