We're starting to do some research into replacing our cascaded 02R's and have been thinking about going with a midsized analog inline. We'll need atleast 24 channels but it'd be better if we had atleast 28 or so. It doesn't have to be 24 bus either an 8 bus would be sufficient as long as there are direct outs on each channel.
We know about the Ghosts, and have been looking into the Neoteks, especially the new tabletop Elan series. The Ghosts are the cheapest but we're after a little bit more quality. The Dakings look incredible but we really need the speed of having an Inline set up and not having the seperate monitor section.
I'd like for us to be able to buy new, but used is a possibility. Our price range is going to be around $15,000 minus patchbay and cableing.
What are some other affordable options?
I have a 32 input Daking as well as a 32 input TLA VTC...
If the Daking isn't what you are looking for maybe you'd like the VTC.
Sounds great, works like a charm, and it'll keep the place warm in the winter...
All kiddin aside the console is wonderful.
Maybe you should check it out?
And now they have a cheaper version I believe.
How do you like the Daking? I'd love it if we could swing one of those desks...we're already got a pair of the original horzontal eq's and love them. But what's it like working on the desk? Do you have to repatch to go from tracking to mix? How do you monitor while tracking? (I've never worked on a console that had the seperate monitor section like that.)
Just wanted to bump this thread up again, as a couple Daking consoles have shown up on the used market lately and I'd love to hear more from actual users. Might save me from spending more on a Neve 80xx. Anyone ? Nobtwiddler ?
i use a d-sub patchbay that geoff and i designed........
like paul (nobtwiddler), i have a 24 channel jukebox monitor section
with the d-sub patchbay, things move depending on the session :
usually i'd say 1-16 are mic pres + the plate 17-32 are the studer
16 track returns and 1-8 of the jukebox are various returns
9-24 of the jukebox are 16 channels of pro-tools......
in a couple of minutes, the desk could be all pro tools......or vice versa.........
ask more questions......
in my opinion geoff's desks are more hi-fi than the neve - so if you are addicted
to that muddiness in the low mids, go for the neve - i'd say you would be
much better off with the daking and 4 1073's on the side ..........
I would look at the Neotek Elan table top. I think they are are around $16.5k for a 24 channel version. From the research I did, they are one of the most inexpensive great sounding , pro consoles on the market. I have never heard a bad thing said about any of their consoles.
I have a 32 channel full sized Elan II on order right now !