Originally Posted by pounce
if you don't need as many inputs as i do and don't need the other console comforts, you can certainly get great sound with a summing box. if i didn't want a console, i'd have a folcrom for sure.
that's very much my situation.
i do all mixing, with a few plugs ITB, then sum the whole thing in my API8200a.
i love working like this.
my apartment is my studio, it has grown steadily and i have happily surrendered to its taking over my home, that's one of the reasons that a console would not work for me. even a small one would take a lot more room than the API piece and then i might have to deal with other issues like ground noise, etc. the API is very, very, very quiet.
i like being able to patch stuff in the real world, like eq's, i don't like plug-ins.
going back to the original post:
"Do these latest small, high quality mixers trumph a $20K used console that's now around $5K?"
i dunno about that.
my API 8200a made a huge improvement in the quality of my mixes compared to the ITB stuff i was doing before but would i get better results mixing on a large desk?
my very inexperienced guess is that yes, it would again be a huge step up in quality.
that's assuming of course that the used console you are refering to is in clean, good working condition and it's not some cheap piece of sh_t. (insert your most hated example here, i'll go first... mackie)
off to get some coffee.
FM is all about the O.