I conducted plenty of research before finally pulling the trigger on a new mixing desk.
I discovered, on my journey, that mixing desks are actually known as mixing boards in the United States. This is helpful to know as, when asking colleagues in America for ideas, I got photo links to products like these:
No, I don’t want a studio desk I want a mixing board (or mixing desk as I would say)
I looked into plenty of premium suppliers like Allen & Heath. These boards were amazing, on the more expensive side, but looked good and had rave reviews about the quality of sound. Thanks to Renna McDonagh who pointed me towards considering the ZED-14.
I didn’t like that these were all USB 1.1 connections and you just get a basic stereo mix out (not all the channels on separate outputs). Everything else looked fine to me and I did discover their newer ZEDi range with USB 2.0 but only volume knobs and I wanted nice clean faders on my desk.
I also passed by Behringer and Alesis on my way. Alesis seemed to have a good product but again the USB connector was not up to scratch. Some of their models also seemed to have been discontinued too.
Finally, I found one I fell in love with - the Soundcraft Signature 12 MTK.
This has 12 outputs and 14 inputs to your multitrack DAW. A dream for those big sessions in Adobe Audition CC. I also liked these aspects of the 12 MTK:
- Sweeping mid range EQ.
- The on board FX are much better than I expected (usable!)
- 3 AUX outputs for live streaming and mix-minus possibilities.
- dbx limiters. I already love my dbx 286s!
- My first ever mixing desk was a Soundcraft so I knew audio quality would be great.
How about you? Are you using a mixing desk? Do you want or need one?