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Old 22nd August 2007
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Gear Head
 

Buying a mixing console, desperately need help!

Hey, this is my first post in here, I've been reading this site so far
but here I am in a "situation"...

I've been working 2 years now in digital, and I have a very nice setup:
API 3124+ pres, Great River MP2-NV, UA 610 (+1176), UA 4110, some spl,
joemeek and so on, all of them beautiful nice pre-amps.
all going through lynx aurora16 with great results.
I've been mxiing through a passive summing box some guy built for this
studio going through the Great River.

Anyway, I've had a Mackie 32/8 console lying around here for ages
and last week me and my partner, hooked it up just for the sake of it,
(i'm a total newbie with consoles...) to see how it feels mixing otb.
of course with only 16 outputs it ain't that functional but still
I WAS BLOWN AWAY.

Just bringing up the faders and setting the pan pots, gave me an image
bigger, wider and more three-dimensional than I ever recall hearing in my
studio. Even Mackie's really, really low-end EQ sounded more "true" than
the most sophisticated digital (analog-modeled) plug-in. And I pretty much
have them all.

Anyway in 3 hours work time I realized there's no turning back,
I'm going otb.

Now my two options are:
1. Toft ATB32
2. D&R OrionX.
(I don't think I would be using any of their pre-amps, so thats not the issue)

I've read some threads about D&R consoles around here, all of them
stating over and over again how transparent they are.
My question, even if it sounds weird (or a bit stupid) is, will the D&R
be better than the mackie in terms of color? I really have no point
of comparison, How are the EQs? everyone 'round here says they aren't
warm enough, how are they comparing to plug-ins? how is the summing
bus? should I go with the Toft? should I stick with the Mackie for
what it worth?

The real big question here is will I lose the "oh so analog" color by going with D&R? Does it really sound so sterile? And will it be worth the bucks?

What d'you say? I really need help on that one.