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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:19 am    Post subject: What else compares with the Mackie 8 Bus consoles Reply with quote

Hey

So this is pure speculation at the moment, as I don't really have a space for a mixer this size, but I was looking around, and wondered:

What is comparable to the Mackie 8 Bus, for recording purposes?

What I mean is, lots of mic inputs, all with direct outputs, and then tape return/line level inputs for each channel as well, so the mixer can be used for both tracking and mixing without a mass rewire. I am a fan of mixing with a physical mixer, as opposed to with a mouse. Which is why the tape returns are nice.

So what else is there that matches the features, in a similar price range?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say the Yamaha MG2414 or 3214 would be in the same neighborhood. You'd have insert points on every channel you could use for direct-outs. Honestly, there are tons of options - especially if you're open to buying an older mixer and doing a bit of work to get it in shape. There are always decent used Tascams on ebay and Craigslist if you don't mind the silly RCA wiring. You can pick up old Soundcrafts for pretty cheap too.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 on the Tascams- the MK-II are XLR and 1/4"

I owned a M2600 MKII 24 -8 which I replaced with a Mackie 32-8 w/meter bridge- both nice analog boards... and there's been more than a few times I wish I'd stayed with the analog boards, though the Control 24 has it perks (despite being proprietary)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Yamaha AND the Soundtracs Topaz Project 8.
The Yamaha is more a live mixer and does not have seperate tape ins.
It has a Line in and a xlr per channel, but no extra tape in on seperate control.

my vote is for the Topaz Project 8.(mine is 24 channels)
It is an 8 bus console with 24 mic pre channels(line also) but has an additional 24 tape ins that can be cascaded to the mix bus giving you 48 live tracks at mixdown. (or 64 on the 32 channel version.)
The tape channels have pan, 2 band eq and a couple of aux sends.

I bought mine (used) with meter bridge for about $1300 shipped.
The EQ is really nice and it is a pleasure to mix on. It has more headroom than the Yamaha.
I like the yamaha too, but it was a little flatter sounding board..not quite as dynamic sounding.

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