I went decidedly old school and bought used broadcast/studio equipment off of ebay. This equipment appears to depreciate rapidly as the budgets are huge when these broadcast studios are built and everything goes to auction when they close. I bought 2 units that retail for $932 each for $150 after tax and shipping - for both.
Nothing fancy about them at all except they are over engineered internally. They use E3 connections which I knew nothing about until recently. Seems to be a good compromise: more robust than 1/4", more flexible than DB25 (and sturdier), easier to work with than soldering, made by EDAC/ELCO but not as daunting to rig up. These units incorporate 1/4" bantam mil-spec jacks on the front. Basically, larger than TT Bantam so less density but more robust. Much less common patch cables so they tend to be a little pricier - that seems to be the main drawback.
I created a complete schematic of my room because I’m a nerd and have a little more free time than I used to. I’m now in the process of planning out new cabling for everything. Going to try and move to almost 100% multi-channel snakes for the main room wiring which should clean everything up substantially. Its not much cheaper if it is at all but I like the committed aspect of it and less clutter. We will see.
It gets a little spendy especially once you add in the two-input module to get up to six channels, but the H6 is one of those tools that’s just a great overall investment for anyone working with audio. I’ve gotten so much use out of mine in many different applications.
I’ve been searching for this and didn’t find any, also whole minimal mixer thread is about this and there doesn’t seem to be much stereo with a lot of channels on the market right now. And battery powered moves this from mixer and into field recorder territory.
Something like this https://www.sounddevices.com/mixpre/
ive got 3 - 2882, Lio-8 and a ULN2. With the 3d cards, theres nothing that comes close for the price. Its 2 brothers who make the most incredible gear - ive had my 2882 for 12 years now and twice ive upgraded it and now with the 3d its got all new digital side and only the analog board remains - pretty amazing. Now you get access to the DSP environment which was an extra $600 now included - they have a sale on as the 3d is still in beta - I got my Lio essentially half price
i don’t have one, but have seriously considered it myself. i too have heard many sing its praises. i know m. geddes gengras has been using one for a very long time and is a big fan of the 4 sends and long-throw faders.
huh, I was also looking for an upgrade for the same mixer and came to the same conclusion! I’d be happier if there was something of the same quality with more mono channels vs stereo, but couldn’t find anything
With pad engaged i’d say ok. There some sources that make it clip, like Verbos HO but that thing overloads anything easily and needs some attenuation. I’ve been using it for a month with no issues.
I also like using one of headphone mixes as AUX send, and you have 5 of them.