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Mark Suszko
Need a lot of help, picking out new mixer board
on Jan 24, 2008 at 4:58:33 pm

Our 25-year-old, 20-input RAMSA studio board is getting retired soon, could no longer get new or even reconditioned pots for it. I have a short list here, any comments, recommendations or suggestions would be appreciated. If you've worked with one of these and love or hate it, or know of a better alternative in the same price range, I'd love to hear from you.

Yamaha MG24/14FX
Allen & Heath GL2400-40
Soundcraft Ghost Le
Soundcraft B400
Soundcraft BB100
Eurodesk MX9000

Our specific needs: This is for a multipurpose studio control room/editing bay, with four cameras, live mixing up to eight phantom-powered live mics at a time, a phone hybrid for incoming calls, a breakout program line with intercom interrupt for IFB earpieces, and about four 2-channel decks of various formats for tape playbacks, etc.

The room is used for multicam live shots as well as for old-fashioned linear editing and soon, NLE editing as well. We do satellite teleconferences out of this room, and so the board needs to be able to handle a mix-minus, we'll need grouping and submix abilities.

Things we don't particularly need are any fancy digital features beyond simple EQ's. Boards that also record or have motorized faders are redundant to our needs. We're kind of prehistoric here in a way: I'm ashamed to say, the entire plant and all the patch bays are still 2-channel monophonic, not even true stereo, but this has never been an issue for the news, public affairs and training programs we create. Frankly, the Ramsa was perfect and would still be used except it's worn out and no longer made, and we're not allowed to buy used or b-stock anyhow. So we need a new board, nothing fancy, but flexible and comprehensive on the basics. There is a bit of urgency here, if I could hear from you within about ten days of posting this, it would help a lot.

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