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What 12 track mixer is best
Old 6th August 2005
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What 12 track mixer is best

as far as low noise, pre amps, eqing etc

Soundcraft

Mackie

Yamaha

or if you know of anything better. i need atleats 10 mic inputs
Old 6th August 2005
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Soundcraft Spirit M12 would do the job nicely. Yamaha and Allen & Heath also make nice boards for the money
Old 6th August 2005
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probably mackie onyx
Old 7th August 2005
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ONYX! I have one.
Old 7th August 2005
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Allen & Heath Mix Wizzard
Old 7th August 2005
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price is an issue......
Old 7th August 2005
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I got my onyx for under $500. Built like a tank and huge dynamic range, excellent eq, expensive sounding pres and low noise.
Old 7th August 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Laniko
I got my onyx for under $500. Built like a tank and huge dynamic range, excellent eq, expensive sounding pres and low noise.
Onyx...is my nest purchase. ...Tommorow.
Old 9th August 2005
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Nice studio Rodney! Are you signed with anyone ore just a freelance producer.
Old 10th August 2005
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The Mackie Onyx is very nice sounding, I'd go for it.

Steve
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Old 10th August 2005
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Satisfied Onyx user here.
Old 11th August 2005
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I've been researching 12 ch mixers and it came down to the onyx 1220 (about $530) and the soundcraft spirit m4 (about $480).

the main thing i am concerned with, since i do home recording, is direct outs.
So I decided on the M4. the onyx has two db-25 ports for the direct outs which will cost me an extra $120 to get two pro-co db-25 to 1/4 inch snakes.

The M4 has regular 1/4 inch D.O. jacks. the ultimate feature is the pre eq/fader and post eq/fader direct out switch. onyx only has pre eq/fader D.O.

another thing I like about the m4 is that all 4 mono parametric eq channels have line in. the onyx has 2 line ins and 2 hi-z ins. so you'll only have 2 line ins with parametric.

the nice things on the onyx are the 3 part eq on the stereo channels the m4 only has hi and lo. and the onyx has four led meters per ch and the m4 has only 2 per ch. both mixers have their plusses and minuses.

anyway, YMMV. you might love the onyx, I would. but the direct out options of the m4 is something i can't live without.

Old 10th September 2010
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The Soundcraft M12 is doing beautifully for live sound with simultaneous recording. Gotta love the pre/post switchable direct-outs.

Old 10th September 2010
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I recently scored a '90s Ramsa WR-S4416 16-ch mixer off eBay for $300. I'm digging the pres (with direct outs). Nice board.
Old 10th September 2010
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Soundcraft EPM12
Old 12th September 2010
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Can't pick between an Onyx 1620i or an Apogee Ensemble + a pre.

Both set ups seem to have their own juju and benefits, just can't weigh 'em out! ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
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