Sam Spoons wrote:Why not just buy an interface with 16 mic/line inputs and dispense with the mixer? Simplifies the system and removes two old pieces of kit?
The mixer lets us set up monitor mixes for recording multiple musicians at the same time and setting reconfigurable groups to the interface, all without moving any wires around.
We monitor everything in the analog domain before it goes to the DAW. Zero latency.
I currently have 29 things that can come into the mixer and don't have to change any wires to get access to them. We have mic switch boxes that can switch in all 8 of the drum mics in at once, or switch in another group of 8 mics, etc.
The mixer lets me set up monitor mixes and I can see what is going on instantly and record and monitor any combination.
When I get a bunch of people in there trying to make music at the same time, I don't like to be messing with the mouse and moving wires around.
To do that with the interface I would need another dedicated screen to see the interface mixer, and would have to plug and unplug wires. To me that is when the confusion starts.