Trying to find a 10-16 channel mixer with a good Eq section

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by piggycity, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. piggycity

    piggycity Guest

    I am currently trying to find a good 10-12 channel console with a good EQ section. I currently have a Peavey VMP-2 preamp, an otari 1/2" 8 track reel to reel, Shure Sm7, Sm 57(3), AT 4033, and EV686. I am looking to do some demos as well as little projects with friends.

    I use to have a 32 channel 8 bus mackie which I would run into two ADAT machines which was ok but the EQ section wasn't that impressive. I am basically trying to find something on the smaller side and was considering a soundcraft fx16. Is there anything out there within the $500-1500 price range?
  2. KTek

    KTek Guest

    man, if you're open to the suggestion of using a computer, it will definetly open the door to a whole new world of eq's/dynamics/effects/etc through plugins.. not sure how you feel about that, but with the right interface, you could transfer all youre tracks from the dat to the computer and eq it all in there, and keep that nice sound your adat tape's got!

    as far as outboard gear goes, you get what you pay for, but you can find some great deals on ebay! that's where i've gotten lots of recording gear (all new i might add). when a music store goes outta business, they just get rid of everything in stock. that's what you want to look for. they've always got at least 10-30 mixers up for auction or "buy it now."

    good luck!
  3. Mumbles

    Mumbles Active Member

    Aug 25, 2004
    Upstate NY
    mixer eq

    I'm not sure if you would find a mixer with great eq for that kind of money, to be honest with you... and, really, eq and dynamics are exactly why I'm trying to stay out of the computer as much as possible these days. What about getting a few outboard eq's for the important tracks? The Speck stuff looks great for about $500 per channel. The new Toft line is probably great, too. You can get a 2 channel pre/eq for about $750. Or buy a bunch of old Neumann or Filtek eq modules, rack them up and you have some absolutely killer eq. You can find these for about $250 per module... then you need to get some ins and outs happening along with some power. It's easier than it sounds.
    "You get what you pay for" is most definately true.
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I agree that a great eq is not the strong point of many of the affordable mixers.. Until you get into a 3 or 4 band eq with adjustable Q on the mid bands, you jst can't get "surgical" enough to really do tone sculpting.

    I reviewed the Speck ASC EQs and I was very impressed with them. They are very quiet, powerful and very intuitive in how they work. If you can't dial in a good tone with the ASC,s then you need new mics, insturments or ears ... Another great EQ is the Amek Neve 9098 ....
  5. piggycity

    piggycity Guest

    Thanks for the info guys! I think I will keep saving a little more and get something that actually will work and sound good!
  6. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Recycling older quality consoles is good for the economy as well as the soul....Find a Ramsa 8 bus of some sort...or perhaps a Soundcraft 600 or 500 a case of tuner cleaner....learn to solder really well.....enjoy.

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