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Why doesn't this exist, or does it?

Post by griffin avid » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:44 pm

I am constantly trying find ways to bring my synths closer to my central area.
I am always staring at my huge analogue 32 channel mixing board and wishing there was something that could replace it. I have soundcards and audio interfaces, but here's what bothers me.

1. They use USB which is eating USB ports.
2. I like using Faders instead of the little knobs on audio interfaces to control the volume.
3. I'm no so keen on daisy-chaining soundcards together although the Liquid Channel series fascinates me.
4. Even so, I'd like something in a rack that has more than 8 stereo slots (for more than 8 studio pieces)
5. I do everything in the box after I capture/record so I don't need the mixer effect section.
6. I like having all my keyboards instantly ready and do not want to go back to patchbays.

And so....
I wish there was a tall rack unit that had a ton of inputs and outputs. USB or a Mains would be okay to connect it all to my DAW. BIg knobs or faders would be cool.

Visually, design-wise, this is what I have in mind.
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It's got the faders close to each other and could be colored in pairs to show the Left and Right sides. Like a lighter Grey vertical stripe for 1 & 2, 3 & 4 etc.

I think that would be ultra useful for those of us with a room full of boards and boxes.
Sometimes it's just too much work to disconnect and reconnect all the time.

Any ideas about this?
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Re: Why doesn't this exist, or does it?

Post by Sir Nose » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:45 pm

Funkadelic wrote: nothing is good unless you play with it
all that is good is nasty

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Re: Why doesn't this exist, or does it?

Post by griffin avid » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:52 pm

Well done, sir. That is it.
Even though it's erm...$20,000 USD, I'm still going to bookmark it in my wishlist folder.
Holy cow that's a dream come true.
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Re: Why doesn't this exist, or does it?

Post by dustinh » Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:14 pm

Everything Manley Labs makes is a dream come true. You just have to pay a premium for that dream.

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Re: Why doesn't this exist, or does it?

Post by Mr Knesh » Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:32 pm

If your audio interface has optical inputs, or any other expander type digital inputs (dsub, etc...) you can always get external gear that will give you additional knobs/inputs that just plug straight in to your existing interface.

http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/ADA8000.aspx

Although, this particular unit has very small knobs as well. Bad suggestion, maybe.

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Re: Why doesn't this exist, or does it?

Post by _seph » Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:44 pm

the Mackie LM-3204 was my solution to this sort of problem. Its only real downside is its lack of outputs. In my case I simply run its stereo out to my ProjectMix I/O. I find the EQ unnecessary but it isn't bad, the strength of this piece (for me) is that all 16 channels have a stereo input.

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there is also the LM-3204e expander unit should you need more channels.

the other model I consider was the Alesis MultiMix 8

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When I was looking around these tended to be a bit pricier and the Mackie seemed more flexible

Not an ideal solution, but perhaps a couple workable options for you

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Re: Why doesn't this exist, or does it?

Post by sensorium » Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:24 pm

Speck Xtramix. I own one. Absolutely the best sounding and most versatile mixer in this price range. A search on gearslutz will verify the quality and versatility. Worth ever penny, even though there are no sliders....


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Re: Why doesn't this exist, or does it?

Post by griffin avid » Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:29 pm

My eyes are about to tear up. there's no way this exists AND my mixer is a Mackie 32.
My god, bless you all. and...and...it's so affordable.
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