Apologies if this post is incorrectly located. Reformed lurker here. Also apologies for the essay but I'm deciding on a big purchase that will be hard to reverse. I'm a bit Noob and still trying to understand desk architecture (see my other post on demystifying desks Demystifying Mixing Consoles
) I'm looking for expert console advice from experienced professionals.
I'm in the 10-15K market for a small format console and I'm hoping the community might share some expertise to help me avoid a big outlay on a poor choice. Might anyone have any experience with any of the following desks?
*SSL 534 Submixeer
*Neve series 54's Broadcast suitcase
*Cadac J/E's Live Mixers
*Neotek Elan 2 desktop
Can anyone suggest which would have the highest end sound quality? I understand they were designed for varied purposes ranging from production studios, to broadcast to Live installation… and I realize they will impart very different sound characteristics. However I imagine at this stage in my production development they would all represent a big step up in my game yet I am unsure which direction would be best.
I'd like to find something versatile that excels at drum tracking but is also ideal for mixing a broad spectrum of styles from organic and intimate music to slamming dance and electronica to heavier electric guitar driven genres. Rock, Indie-Hip Hop, Pop, Reggae, Drum'n'Bass, Dubstep, Blues, Jazz etc… I'm looking for a console which is transparent but also capable of imparting a big console character (if that isn't contradictory), with high headroom, channel inserts, quality EQ and also a gratifying sound when pushed harder. I'd hope for something that is both warm and punchy at the bottom but balanced with an open and shiny top that isn't too edgy or fatiguing... and that is fast acting enough to retain transients for slamming drums and electronic music. My experience thus far is limited to isolated sessions and I find the here-found debates bewildering. Obviously opinions are subjective. Very few threads are unanimous.
I'd hope to achieve a classier sound than that offered by desks in the Mackie Onyx-Midas Venice-A&H GSR/ZED, Toft/ ATB, TL Audio Tube range bracket of the market. Though I'm not knocking those desks.
In closing I'd like to add that I dying to get into the elite classified section on this site. Until then can anyone recommend a good gear reseller who might be able to cater for my needs or does anyone have anything suitable to sell.
I'd be gutted to splash out on a bad choice and so I really appreciate any insight anyone might be able to offer. Thanks everyone.