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Old 8th July 2005
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best budget digital mixer?

i'm looking at buying a digital mixer in the near future and am looking for any recomendations/suggestions. i'm looking for something in the vein of 32 tracks control via motorized fades(prob 16) and atlest 8 xlrs at once. between yamaha, tascam, digi-design i really don't know where to focus... behringer just dropped their 32 track to $650 but i wouldn't use that to mix children's programming... i'm looking at spending up to $3k tops, though >$2 would be nicer... any suggestions....?
Old 8th July 2005
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i'm not sure your going to like what i have to say about digital mixers.
but i have a "thing" about them.
heres my position. the problem with them is they are all smt technology....so its not like the old days when one could fix a console in house. if you get a problem it has to be sent out for repair. my concern i think is valid also when you factor in rate of turnover of digital technology. so the question in my mind is can one get parts in the future ? - say - 3 years down the line ? when your doing a critical session ?
really - i'm not trying to be a fruitcake. i was just burnt once myself with a digital unit that i couldnt get parts for 4 years after buying.
all i'm suggesting is a degree of caution. and maybe checking with the manufacturer on future issues like service and parts availability so you dont get caught at some future point. motorised faders CAN go wrong.
just my 2 cents.
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buy a used da7 if you work at 44.1 or 48khz.

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