I currently use an Allen & Heath MixWiz. There is nothing wrong with it by any stretch of the imagination with respect to sound quality and analog features, but the rack is heavy and there are no remote mixing options other than my 100' 16 channel reel snake.
My first thought was to get a StudioLive 16.0.2 which would be very small and have everything I need already inside the mixer. Then I thought, well, for the additional bucks, the SL 16.4.2 may be a better option.
I started reading up on the new X32 line and went to GC to give it a test drive (although I have no need for 32 channels, I wanted to see how the work flow went). It wasn't bad, but I prefered the SL layout.
Just recently, I started to rethink this whole setup.
Lets start by reviewing my goals .....
- Mixer must be small and light and easy to setup for the night
- Must be able to record multi-track for demo's and live gig recordings
- Must have a way to mix easily on stage.
Now I have to admit that I was completely swayed by how easy the SL is to operate and learn ..... but here is the thing ..... I don't change my mixer very much at all once I have it setup. I basically only need to change sliders for vocals based upon who is doing lead and who is doing backup.
I am 47 yrs old and somewhat set in my ways. I really like my physical sliders and physical knobs .... but perhaps I don't actually need them. Considering my use model, perhaps a better setup would be:
- X32 Rack
- Laptop for initial setup
- Android/Windows 8 Tablet/iPad for remote monitoring and slight changes mounted directly to my mic stand.
This setup might not be AS good for me for the occassional "do sound for a friend" gig that I do a few times a year (for the bargain basement price of a good meal and a beer with friends), but for what I do most of the time, it may be ideal.
I used to bring a snake and have someone mix basic levels out in the audience, but it became too much trouble since many bars don't have anywhere convienient to do this (the mixer rack just takes up too much space and the snake is a trip hazzard). I have been mixing from stage for about 4 years now.
I was wondering what your thoughts were on this?