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How do classic mixers stack up against modern budget options? Modular Synthesizers
Old 7th September 2011
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How do classic mixers stack up against modern budget options?

Hi,

Currently in the market for a HW mixer. I have narrowed it down to either a few classic models that seem to go for peanuts such as the TAC bullet, A&H Saber or Soundcraft Delta 200.

But how do these compare to modern day budget mixers such as the A&H 4 buss or mix wizards or Mackie ONYX?
Old 7th September 2011
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Originally Posted by Major Tom View Post
Hi,

Currently in the market for a HW mixer. I have narrowed it down to either a few classic models that seem to go for peanuts such as the TAC bullet, A&H Saber or Soundcraft Delta 200.

But how do these compare to modern day budget mixers such as the A&H 4 buss or mix wizards or Mackie ONYX?
I guess it depends on what type of music you are doing, what sound you are needing sonically..The older consoles are usually easier to maintenance,modular ( big plus..heh), and usally good candidates for modding..The newer consoles will probably be a little more stable in maintenance ( depending on make) and more " Hi-Fi" sounding.( good maybe,depending on what you are looking)..Good luck..
Old 7th September 2011
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All things being equal - ie: a like new old console vs a new modern console - the older console wins by a mile.

- Modularity (for most of them)
- Ease of service (do NOT underestimate this. Do research on changing out one EQ pot on a Soundcraft Delta vs. a Mackie 8 bus and report back....)
- Price
- Easily modded
- No surface mount technology
- Quality of Pots / Switches / etc.

Old is good if it's not trashed.
Old 7th September 2011
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Buying a used console is a lot like buying a used car. You can potentially get a whole lot more for your money. Style, sound, features, all of it. A used one however, may or may not come with many more headaches.

When it comes to consoles and cars, I'm a pre-owned kind of guy. A good question is: what kind of guy are you? Go with that.
Old 9th September 2011
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Hi fellas,

Sorry, didn't get a reminder there were replies.

My choice has come down to an A&H mix wizard.
Whilst im sure the MW is a great mixer I guess it would have as big a personality as a classic console. But then it is so compact! The footprint must be an 8th of a classic console.

So, Mixwizzard vs Delta 200 or TAC B2 / Bullet. And my heads a shed! I cannot make my mind up.
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