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Real World Gear: The Latest In Compact Digital Consoles & Mixers

Taking a closer look at many of the newest models and included features packed into a smaller footprint.

By Live Sound Staff January 14, 2019

Lawo mc²36
lawo.com

Faders: 16
Mix Inputs: 184
Aux/Group: 32
Matrix: 512 x 512
FX: Up to 192 DSP channels
DCA: 128
Mains: LCR, mono, surround
App: mxGUI for Mac and PC
Screens: 2 x 21.5-in touch screens
Local I/O: 32 XLR mic/line inputs, 32 XLR line outputs, 8 AES I/O
Stage Boxes: mc2 Compact
Also: 3 RAVENNA/AES67 Audio-over-IP ports; Waves SoundGrid integration
Physical: 16.3 x 31.3 x 34.7 inches (H x W x D) 93.8 pounds
Additional Models: 24-fader and 40-fader versions

 

Avid S3L-X
avid.com

Faders: 16
Mix Inputs: 64
Aux/Group: 24
Matrix: 8
FX: 40 stereo plug-in slots
DCA: 8
Mains: LCR/mono
Screen: XGA monitor
Local I/O: 2 XLR + 2 TRS, 2 XLR + 2 TRS, plus 4 x 4 x 4 XLR I/O on 2RU E3 engine Stage Boxes: VENUE 4RU Stage 16 (16 x 8 + 4D)
Also: 64 x 64 Gigabit AVB to Pro Tools; 2-track USB playback/record
Physical: S3 control surface is 28 x 15 x 3 inches (H x W x D), 14 pounds; E3 engine is 2RU x 15 inches, 21 pounds; Stage 16 I/O is 4RU x 8 inches, 16 pounds

 

PreSonus StudioLive 24 Series III
presonus.com

Faders: 25
Mix Inputs: 24
Buses: 20
FX: 4
DCA: 24
Mains: LR
App: UC Surface for Mac, Windows and iPad
Screen: 7-in
Local I/O: 12 XLR in, 12 XLR/TRS combo in, 11 XLR out, 8 TRS out, 4 TRS in, RCA I/O
Also: Bluetooth input, 55 x 55 AVB and 40 x 40 USB I/O, built-in multi-track recorder
Physical: 7 x 25.6 x 23 inches (H x W x D), 30 pounds
Additional Models: StudioLive 32, StudioLive 16

 

Ashly Audio digiMIX18
ashly.com

Fader: 1 (Assignable to 18 inputs, 8 AUX, 6 DCA, 2 FX and main)
Mix Inputs: 18 (16 mic/line, 2 stereo line)
Aux: 8
DCA: 6
FX: 2 stereo engines
Mains: L/R, control room outputs
App: Ashly digiMIX18, free for Apple iPad
Screen: 7-inch LCD touchscreen
Rack-mount: Yes (ships with rack-rails)
Local I/O: 16 Neutrik combo jack mic/line inputs, TRS inserts on channels 1-8, 2 TRS line inputs, XLR and TRS main outputs, 8 TRS aux outputs, L/R TRS control room outputs, front/rear headphone outputs, Ethernet and USB ports
Expansion Slots: One (Dante and USB 18-channel option cards)
Physical: 19 x 14.5 x 5.5 inches (H x W x D), 17.4 pounds
Additional Model: digiMIX24


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