blinddrew wrote:Not going to disagree, but I will lob in a couple more thoughts.
Firstly, I wouldn't compromise the mic for the sake of the AI.
But secondly, I wouldn't compromise the AI for the sake of the control surface! :)
The control surface can always be added later without any detriment to the sound in the meantime.
Consider also that your control surface is not going to give you that EQ-knobs-wiggling effect of a hands-on mixer. Unless you get hold of something like a BCR2000 and configure it to do that job. (Funnily enough, that's what I did. :) )
P.S. I'm not for a moment suggesting that you don't prefer the sound of your tube gear, just that it's not something magical that only exists in the analogue domain.
Yes, good points. I just really hate using daws with a trackpad (although that said I've never used on with a control surface apart from a quick play with the avid app on a tablet). Probably better to say that when I've previously had a mixer - even like the tascam portastudio - there's just something more organic about faders and knobs.
I've watched some videos on the x-touch and yes, while it's not quite the same as a per-channel eq section, it does allow you to fairly easily adjust the eq using the knobs. Probably take a bit of getting used to, but the more I can take my hands away from a keyboard and trackpad, the more they can be on a keyboard or guitar ;)
If I got the Scarlett at 433 euro, the SMB7 at 398, and if I can get the second hand X-touch and extender done to 550, that would be 281 over my budget. Do-able but...
But if I did the same with a brand new X-touch without extender, it would come down to 1230, only 130 over my budget.
I'll have a think (and see if the x-touch guy gets back in touch - no pun intended).
Thanks for the input (again...)