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How Many Are Still Using Mixing Consoles?
Old 14th August 2009
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How Many Are Still Using Mixing Consoles?

Since I'm rebuilding my studio from the ground up, I was wondering how many members of the Gearslutz forum are still using mixing consoles, analog mixers, vs. ITB?

Also, for those who don't have the room and/or the budget, how many are using Summing boxes to get that analog sound?

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Old 14th August 2009
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Why spend more money for a box that emulates 4% of what a real console does?
Is 4'x3' of space worth struggling to get good mixes?
Time = money. Consoles are faster & yes console recalls are fast unless youre really incompetent & lazy.
Make it easier & cheaper on yourself...... get a console & have fun mixing & tracking.
Consoles prices are way down now!
I've NEVER regretted having a console and am NEVER jealous of people who mix ITB.

#1 reason = You'll always have ITB anyways.
Old 14th August 2009
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Amek Angela here...
Old 14th August 2009
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Consoles. 3 total. I'll ALWAYS have a console. Use them mostly during tracking and overdubs. Mostly mix ITB or Hybrid.
Old 14th August 2009
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Currently running a Ghost into a SSL X-Rack. Next year
looking into getting either an SSL AWS or more likely an Audient. I personally think the console is very important and mixing in the a analogue domain is where the magic is.

All my API EQs, Manley MP, 1176, Buzz Potion, ISA220's, C2 etc etc are patched in on mixdown.
Old 14th August 2009
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Console. I don't own a box so I really can't mix in one . . .
Old 14th August 2009
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I have a console now, but have worked extensively with summing boxes and ITB. Neither of the other options gave me what I was looking for. The console does (API 1608). Everybody has different working methods, so everyone will get different results, but I absolutely despise having to mix ITB nowadays, and I've never met a summing box that impressed me enough to be worth the money.
Old 14th August 2009
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SSL console for somethings. ITB/hybrid for the others.

Never cared for the summing boxes i tried.
Old 14th August 2009
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Analog mixer here. D&R Triton. Most of the processing I do it OTB, but since I mix off of Pro Tools, I still get to use any ITB processing or automation I want.

Summing boxes open up some options, but you do not get analog EQs, and line amps, monitoring......
Old 14th August 2009
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A couple of mixing jobs coming with console again (can't wait!). Lately used summing mixers which I find a tad more 'analogue' than ITB but not as much I would want to buy one. In a long term I can see myself buying a console. Need to make the money first
Old 14th August 2009
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I'm using the Euphonix MCcontrol and mix... there's something special about moving a real physical object... I mainly use great mics with great pres and do the rest ITB.
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I hate mixing ITB so much that I simply don´t do it.
Old 14th August 2009
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Don't know how to mix mix with a mouse...
Old 14th August 2009
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I was wondering how many members of the Gearslutz forum are still mixing ITB????
Old 14th August 2009
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PMoshay View Post
Why spend more money for a box that emulates 4% of what a real console does?
Could you be more specific on the 4% part (besides turning knobs, moving faders, etc?)
Old 14th August 2009
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tracking, overdubbing, mixing every day on a Quad Eight Coronado. I use pro tools for automation, editing, and random duplicates of tracks for effect or for plugins when I've used up all my outboard.
Old 14th August 2009
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Originally Posted by ajcamlet View Post
Amek Angela here...
+1 here.
Old 14th August 2009
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I have a (Mackie,32x8) console but I only use it for monitoring, talkback and midi instruments. I mix ITB.


Bryant - Hames Music
Old 14th August 2009
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I have 3 consoles too. They're all broken! If I had a tech I could afford, maybe. They're hot, unreliable and quirky. Like women! If I could afford either, or both, like in the old days. Now I just have my mouse in my hand...
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Mixing every day for the past 4 years ITB...never looked back! I do use the occasionally piece of outboard too though

-Brian
Old 14th August 2009
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Moving away from totally ITB to hybrid approach. I send 1-16 outs from Lynx into Soundtracs console, mix there, and then out to 2-bus for any EQ or Comp, then back into box for any final touches.

I recently acquired an 8-track Otrai and am going to also try tracking to tape, mix in console, and then run separate tracks back into Lynx/DAW.

Many options and fun stuff to experiment with. Still want to be able to edit in DAW and use UAD plugs ITB as desired.
Old 14th August 2009
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IL4832,
I am too old to go ITB... or not old enough but that one will made of pine.

Oli
Old 14th August 2009
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Console here. But I don't have a choice, I don't have a daw.
Old 14th August 2009
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Bought mine quite recently. Now there's only 86277 slutz left to answer.
Old 14th August 2009
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Modded Soundcraft Sapphyre here. I went in the box for a couple of years but missed a console too much.
Old 14th August 2009
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+1 for console but I only use it as a line mixer as I have outboard mic pres and eq. I don't think the console will ever go away completely because its just so much faster to push a fader up or down, turn a knob, and hear immediate results. Having a dedicated fader for each channel in front of you also allows you to visualize a mix in a way that's hard to do when looking at a computer screen. Most of the time console mixed stuff also sounds better to me too (but I know that depends on a lot of other factors as well).

I do wish that there were more consoles with 24 FADERS (not little knobs), pan on each channel, 2-3 aux sends, ability to submix 1-2 groups (mostly to submix backing vocals), but NO mic pre's or eq.

J. Mike Perkins
Old 14th August 2009
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After 20+ years of working on consoles, I just got another console, with a lot more automation
Old 14th August 2009
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I use an Icon - Does that count?
Old 14th August 2009
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SSL AWS 900 here.
Depending on the project, mixing only on the console, hybrid or ITB with the AWS as superb controller.
Freedom of choice!
Old 14th August 2009
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I ditched my DAW in favor of a tape deck and console. I'm using a Jim Williams modified Soundcraft Delta 200. It's fun and so much less of a hassle!

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