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Roly

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Oct 20th, 2017 04:47 AM        

Did a CD release show tonight.<br /> House desk is a Soundcraft SI Impact.32/16.<br /> Preamps are Studer, dynamics are DBX, buss EQs are BSS. So....all in all...sounded pretty good.<br /> <br /> Never driven one, so, the venue let me take the desk home over night to get my feet wet.<br /> <br /> Beat it up till 4:30 AM last night and walked in the door with a show file and all went well.<br /> <br /> I found two issues...when using the tap delay button...hitting it multiple times....it defaults to a whole note....leave it alone for a few seconds, and it smartens up.<br /> Other issue is with the channel cue.<br /> When doing line check....cue up a channel, confirm the the patch is correct....OK.<br /> Cue up next channel...nobody home....hit the clear solo button, solo the next channel....all is good. Hitting a solo button other than the one previously cued and the previously cued channel button goes dark, but nothing in the cans.<br /> I'm guessing...operator error.<br /> <br /> All in all, a pretty friendly desk with good preamps.<br /> Maid in China.<br /> <br /> cheers



Juice Nichols

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Oct 20th, 2017 07:24 AM        

Thanks for the review Roly. I haven't had the opportunity to get my hands on one of those yet. <br /> <br /> I've been researching digital boards for my studio, but haven't been able to reach a conclusion on one yet. I was leaning towards a Presonus Series III mixer, but it seems they still have issues with DAW control and this IS A MUST for me. It sounds like they're also delayed with release of the stage box, which is another must for me.<br /> <br /> Currently leaning towards a Midas M32.



Roly

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Oct 21st, 2017 01:01 AM        

Hi Jim<br /> <br /> I was fried when I posted last night.Eight hour shift with no breaks...not even time to hit the can.<br /> <br /> One very important (to me) thing I didn't mention is something they call "fader cue".<br /> If you select a buss, all faders move to the level of what each channel is sending to the selected buss.<br /> Nothing new about that.....but.....the buss button and a multicolour strip that runs the length of the 100 mm faders all light up with the same colour. Each buss has a different colour, as do VCAs, internal effect auxes, etc.<br /> Very helpful for a novice (me) and, unless one is colour blind, it's pretty hard to phuck up,..saved my ass several times last night.<br /> Rule of thumb....if the faders are coloured, what you are doing has nothing to do with the 2 track....no faders lit means you are driving the 2 track buss.<br /> <br /> The Impact has 24 channel faders, one 2 track fader and one other fader that acts as a buss master fader.<br /> I would stay away from the Presonus desks....unless things have changed, channel trim is not recallable and buss cues are pre graph insert.<br /> Especially from a monitor tech perspective...when you cue up a mix, it's a must that you hear the inserted EQ....how else can you know if you have made a good choice when making monitor EQ changes?<br /> Regardless of what desk you chose to buy..if you are using outboard preamps, be certain that the mixer line inputs are not just a padded mic pre input. The line amps should be independent of the mic pres, which is not always the case.<br /> <br /> Oh my.....I am a long winded old phucker.<br /> cheers<br />



Juice Nichols

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Oct 23rd, 2017 07:14 AM        

Not long winded at all Roly! I Appreciate your added info.<br /> <br /> Thanks for that info on the Presonus stuff. I was really interested in the StudioLive 32 Series III desk, but have shied away from it because several of the features they advertised weren't developed at the time they released the desk. I guess they were trying to build the plane as they were flying it. ;p<br /> <br /> I wish they A&H desk I'm using had that color feature you described. On more than one occasion I've thought I was mixing the 2 bus only to discover the "Mix" button for a monitor mix was pressed (which all faders jump to the setting for that mix). It's very easy to get lost in all those fader layers if you're not paying close attention and if you switch to another layer with a Mix button pressed you won't even realize it since there is no indicator other than the light on the button itself. ugh! Hopefully they took care of that with the DLive series.



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