PLEASE try to read a bit here and lend a somewhat confused young studio owner some advice. THANKS!
Here's the deal...
I'm a former radio production guy who created a successful radio production service after leaving the station I worked at and setting up some cool studios at my house. 2007 was my last year producing radio imaging from my home studios when I decided to go for it and buy, build, and equip a commercial office building, and set a home up for The Mix Group, (now MIX STUDIOS).
Our brand new radio production rooms and main A type studio (Gen 1039/1032/NS10/ HD5/ DCOMMAND/ LOTSA OUTBOARD GEAR) caught interest of local artists and we found ourselves entering the Commerical Studio biz.
However, everyone who walks in complains about the lack of an analog board and now we're lookin for one.
I'm sitting here at 1am on a Friday after a week of back and forth between 7 different used 9ks, from 5 brokers, and a Duality and I REALLY have NO FRIGGIN IDEA which way to go.
On the one hand most Hip Hop guys down here LOVE the 9K, they're used to it. They LOVE the headroom and love to SLAM the hell out of it to achieve that sound they're after.
But... I am REALLY impressed by the Duality and what it can do. Also, as I'm just breaking into this biz, I don't want a large format console's energy bill on my tab in addition to everything else, and my room being a DCOMMAND/HD rig is not set up for a J/G/K because:
A) Machine room... needs more AC and POWER to accomodate the Power supplies and CPU. We'd need to run more AC and Power lines in. AY!
B) Our troughs are not large enough to accomodate the 64-72 channel J's I'm looking at. We'd have to break up the whole floor and do it again... big pain!
C) The maintenance on a used board might hurt as well... The duality comes with a 12 month warranty.
Can going with a Duality help us get on the scene in Miami, or do I need to get to work on my room and get it ready for a J.
Bottom line... Which one is going to get us established and working?
Anyone with some advice?
Here's a pic of the room as it is now btw...