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I think a lot of solid dudes will back me that soundcraft boards of the 80s nd 90s make great mix room consoles. Mine was meant as a 16:8:2 monitor mixer for live. It has full submix in stereo on 8 sub masters but no aux/fx return card n mine so my timebased effects kinda route a weird stupid way, but I knew that going in. I use a lot of stuff ITB for verbs as well as my outbaord so its fine. The submixes. Yes. My submaster setup is hella developed and I need at least 3 of those busses going all the time to be truly happy. I do this kinda not-so-brauer, post-NY compression thing a lot. I keep refining my personal methods for my mediocre little home post-room.
Mine is all serviced, upgraded in a few places. Sounds very tridenty. 80 series. EQ is wonderful, if you get silly the opamps in it add a little hiss, just a twinge. THhe balancing on this board stock sucks because they didn't bother but I never have issues. There are mods to that effect plus I have a slew of radial and jensen ISO transformer boxes. ISO transformers of good quality like this tend to improve your lows. A lot of guy put tweaky burr brown opamps in these and open them up but for a lot of what I do working with the people I work with an imperfectly defined sum with some haze and smoke can be really helpful. The board is well defined and musical but forgiving and flattering. Man-sized stereo width. Preamps aren't bad. Line amps are just the preamps padded down and you're thinking 'ow, shut' but its fine. They bring some vibe back to all the digital stuff that goes into them. I just wish I ahd room for a larger frame ebcause I would do it or buy a later model. Any 2 digit numbered soundcraft sounds similar. A lot of the 4 digit ones do too. And they're all very pleasant to work with and have a nice 70s british sound. Early Bowie all day....
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