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Anyone who has used analog and a digital (or control surface) in a studio?

Postby Jumbojames » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:10 pm

Hello, trying to gather some data about user preferences between analog and digital desks in a studio environment for a university paper.
If you have a spare 2 minutes to complete my survey it would be much appreciated.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Z8H8NYD
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Re: Anyone who has used analog and a digital (or control surface) in a studio?

Postby James Perrett » Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:27 pm

Done - that's one of the few undergraduate surveys I've seen where the questions are mostly sensible.
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Re: Anyone who has used analog and a digital (or control surface) in a studio?

Postby Kwackman » Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:47 pm

Done, but I think you overlook the difference between a digital desk and a control surface. The survey didn't refer to control surfaces at all, only analog or digital desks.
Digital desks and control surfaces are not the same thing.
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Re: Anyone who has used analog and a digital (or control surface) in a studio?

Postby The Elf » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:39 pm

As above. I saw nothing in the survey to suggest I was talking about Control Surfaces. Simple misunderstandings related to terminology can have huge consequences, so be careful!
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Re: Anyone who has used analog and a digital (or control surface) in a studio?

Postby VTypeV4 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:20 pm

I filled it in too - I didn't consider control surfaces so simply answered as 'digital console' and 'analogue console'..
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Re: Anyone who has used analog and a digital (or control surface) in a studio?

Postby ConcertinaChap » Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:40 am

I've never used a digital mixer and I don't really consider an analogue mixer and a control surface comparable so I didn't bother completing it, I'm afraid.

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Re: Anyone who has used analog and a digital (or control surface) in a studio?

Postby Jumbojames » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:39 pm

Kwackman wrote:Done, but I think you overlook the difference between a digital desk and a control surface. The survey didn't refer to control surfaces at all, only analog or digital desks.
Digital desks and control surfaces are not the same thing.
Thanks for the feedback, i shall take this into account. I'm in my first year at the moment, might have been a slight oversight on my part. Thank you for completing my survey.
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Re: Anyone who has used analog and a digital (or control surface) in a studio?

Postby Jumbojames » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:40 pm

James Perrett wrote:Done - that's one of the few undergraduate surveys I've seen where the questions are mostly sensible.
Thank you for completing my survey. Its very loosely an audio technology module and is more focused on our research methods and presentation of data. Thanks you for allowing me to post this
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Re: Anyone who has used analog and a digital (or control surface) in a studio?

Postby Jumbojames » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:42 pm

The Elf wrote:As above. I saw nothing in the survey to suggest I was talking about Control Surfaces. Simple misunderstandings related to terminology can have huge consequences, so be careful!
Thanks for the reply! I probably worded it poorly assuming people would prefer the ease of use of a control surface and use nice preamps instead. I shall take this into account in my future studies.
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Re: Anyone who has used analog and a digital (or control surface) in a studio?

Postby Jumbojames » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:43 pm

VTypeV4 wrote:I filled it in too - I didn't consider control surfaces so simply answered as 'digital console' and 'analogue console'..
Thank you for doing my survey! Much appreciated and nice bike :)
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Re: Anyone who has used analog and a digital (or control surface) in a studio?

Postby Dave B » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:45 pm

It's also worth pointing out the OP that a lot of smaller / project studios are now moving away from a mixer altogether and simply patching into an audio interface.

Also, what would he consider desks like the A+H Wizard series to be? These are analogue desks with an inbuilt interface -- are they analogue or digital? Or a hybrid?
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Re: Anyone who has used analog and a digital (or control surface) in a studio?

Postby James Perrett » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:34 pm

Kwackman wrote:Digital desks and control surfaces are not the same thing.

I was thinking about this and technically a digital desk IS a control surface connected to a mixing engine. There's no reason for them to be in the same box and, in many cases nowadays, they aren't. So, for someone who has a technical background but little experience in a studio, the distinction between control surface and digital mixer may not be that clear and the distinction will possibly disappear for most of us in time.
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