Mike Stranks wrote:Just a thought... and I've done no qualitative research...
Would the Zoom Livetraks be contenders in this market... or the Tascam equivalent?
Jus' wonderin'.... :)
Hello, I am really sorry for being so late with my response, I don't even know if it is worth it for me to respond anymore, but I will anyway :D . Ill give you my opinions on both mixers that you suggested.
The Tascam is a great option that I have seriously and thoughtfully looked into. In fact, for a while I was doing research on the Tascam Model 24 (which is what I will be using for this example) VS the Soundcraft signature 22 MTK. I chose the Soundcraft signature 22 MTK for a couple reasons, firstly being that the EQ is better on the Soundcraft, I don't think anyone necessarily denies that. Also, the last 2 (stereo) channels on the Tascam literally have no eq, which would pretty much bring down my analog inputs down to 20, less than the Soundcraft Signature 22 MTK. Also, all of the other stereo channels only have a 3 band eq, which IMO is pretty dumb for them to do :headbang:. Also, the soundcraft signature has more aux channels (3-5). You can also have 2 fx channels on the Soundcraft, but then you would only have 3 aux's, which is still good for many.
Now for anybody reading this who is considering the Soundcraft Signature 22 MTK, Listen up, because many people don't know this, but if those other reasons haven't made you want to choose the Soundcraft yet, this will. It can separate each channel into a different track in OBS STUDIO, that's huge for anybody doing live performances online and for streamers in general. From what I have heard, the Tascam crashes many people's OBS. Not to mention the Tascam actually costs $100 MORE than the Soundcraft, the only reason I could see that is because there is compressors on the board, which I don't really think is worth it, but it may be.
Now here are some reasons why I think somebody would rather choose the Tascam over the Soundcraft. The Tascam has a graphic EQ, now to this, I simply argue that you won't need it if you get the Soundcraft because the eq on each channel will allow you to pretty much pinpoint anywhere you want a sound to go in a song. Also, the Soundcraft has 2 inserts, this one stood on my shoulder for a while. Honestly, I have made myself realize that in most cases, you really don't need them, as most hardware you would use them with can just be used ITB. Even besides that, if you aren't going ITB, than you can just use the hardware that you would use the inserts with pre-mixer, because the I/O wouldn't really be necessary anyway (not sure if that was the right terminology, sorry if it wasn't). Also, the Soundcraft doesn't have a built in compressor, that might bother some people, but it doesn't bother me. if it does, there are many free vst compressors. If that doesn't work, than I guess you either have to buy hardware compressors if you wanted the Soundcraft SIgnature 22 MTK. Another reason, the Tascam is more visually appealing to most people, and to that I say, "ok". I am not sure if there are any other reasons that I can think of atm. So ya, that is why I would probably choose the Soundcraft over the Tascam.
Now the Zoom Livetrack just has way too many of the things I don't need/want, and doesn't have too many of the things I really want/need. TBH you can probably figure those things out if you really read all of the things that I just typed out with the comparison of the Soundcraft Signature 22 MTK and the Tascam Model 24.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I really hope that this can help somebody sometime.