soundcraft m8 vs epm8 vs e8 vs spirit folio
i need an 8 track mixer for live use.
i'm hesitant between buying a cheap used mixer paying the less that i can (something like a spirit folio) with 8 preamp or buy something can be useful also for tracking and eqing.
so i need to understand better the difference between those mixer.
i have a fireface 800 and an m-audio profire 2626, i've tons of preamp, but they don't sound very good. i've also one very good channel strip (vintech x73i) so i record pretty much everything with the vintech, but if i need more mic (not for drums, only acoustic guitars, cabs, voice) i have to use the fireface preamp, which aren't so bad, but i would like to improve them.
so the question is "can the m-series preamp be better than fireface?", which of those mixer, or other on the cheap side, have better preamp then the fireface, which of those have pleasant eq to use in tracking or mixing to give character to synth, softsynth, drum machines etc.
i'm a bit confused because the bruchure says the m-series preamp are the same of the ghost (some my friends says the ghost is crap) i've heard the preamp of the epm are the same of the m-series (so they are the same of ghost?) but soundcraft doesn't say that.. the e8... i don't know anything about it, just is cheaper than the m-series and idem for the spirit folio.
i need information to make my choice.
primary use is live use, so can be enough a spirit folio.. but i hate to spend money for stuff i can use on just one thing.. because it takes space in my room so i want to use it also here in studio for tracking and maybe as "character box" for tracks.. and i really miss a hardware eq.. i don't like very much the vintech one (is great on some stuff, but not very usable.. seems a too narrow Q and you can't push it very much)
thanks for all the suggestions!
p.s. i would be interested also on allen heat mix wizard but they are too expensive here..