Originally Posted by sbackdoor
I think it was actually a post from you that got me confused :-)
Nice of you to respond here.
I'm just wondering what you think makes the monos better sounding.
Is it cause of the variable amps? That allow us to drive the channels harder? Is it because of the pans?
Cause like I mentioned in the 1st post, I really can't hear a difference.
I'm totally willing to spend the extra money (basicaly double) for the monos if I only I knew why :-)
It has nothing do with "better sounding", and as a former SSL dealer who was fairly closely involved with the company, it has nothing to do with "thinking" that one scenario is better than the other.
When you group tracks (or send multiple one to the same stereo output) in a DAW there is digital summing taking place. Likewise, when you send a single track to a single output there is no digital summing taking place.
Beyond that, each mono module provides four independent inputs, each with separate level/pan/insert. You leave your faders/pans at unity ITB and do everything in analog on the X-Rack. If you can't hear a difference between -20db ITB and -20db on an X-Rack (or any high end analog console) you need to check your mixing situation.
This is why mixing on a big console with tons of channels is preferred by many over mixing ITB. That's the entire idea behind the X-Rack. It's a mini SSL 9000 console that you can build and daisy chain to your heart's content.
The best solution is for the initial X-Rack to contain 32 channels (6 mono modules and a single stereo module, along with the required master module). Then, you can add additional X-Racks full of 8 mono modules (up to four X-Racks total) for higher channels counts.