ok i know this board has its lovers and its haters, so try to put all bias aside when answering my question
so obviously im in the market for a new board.. but i dont need necessarily a digital or analog board. i just happened to be considering the studiolive because i need a board that serve a dual purpose of both live use and studio use and can do both effectively and efficiently. regardless of how many other awesome digital boards are out there, i'd be sold on this board if i only needed it for live use due to its ease of use and the convenience of not having to lug a rack full of gates, comps, and effects along with me.
BUT im not sure if its so great as a studio console?
im looking for someone who has experience with this board (GOOD OR BAD)
and can tell me:
-are the preamps useable?
-are the converters quality enough for recording?
i plan to only use the onboard preamps for unimportant tracks like toms and maybe backup vox. but i plan to buy my own boutique preamps down the road and use the line-in inputs on the board to bypass the preamps but still utilize the converters.
im open to other setup suggestions but my current budget is only about $3500 and i cant imagine finding a good 16-24 channel board AND enough quality converters for under that price.
the only thing that worries me about this board is that its so small. i know its not as important as the mixes i produce but the "visual appeal" of a big console can instantly make most performers willing to pay a higher price simply because of that "WOW IM IN A REAL STUDIO" factor. but thats not a main concern.
ALSO, how would one apply an analog summing mixer to this equation if i wanted to eventually get some more OTB flavor?? i dont know much about them or how they work/where they go in the signal chain?