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Real World Gear: The Latest Compact Consoles & Mixers

Even with fewer features they still pack a punch and offer far more processing than we ever had in our analog racks.

PreSonus StudioLive 24 Series III
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
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

Yamaha QL5
Faders: 34
Mix Inputs: 72
Aux/Group: 16
Matrix: 8
FX: 8 FX + 8 premium
DCA: 16
Mains: L/R, L/R/C, 5.1 surround
App: QL StageMix for iPad
Screen: 10-inch color touch screen
Local I/O: 32 XLR mic/line inputs, 16 XLR outputs, stereo AES
Stage Boxes: Rio3224-D, Rio1608-D, Ri8-D, Ro8-D
Also: Dugan Automix; 62 x 62 Dante interface
Expansion Slots: 2
Physical: 33 x 23 x 11 inches, 48 pounds
Additional Models: QL1 and CL Series (CL1, CL3, CL5)

206 square inches of screen space, with each screen offering a FastGrab tab that provides split-second access to key freely assignable parameters like aux sends, EQ, compressor and FX on the currently selected or specific channel.


Allen & Heath Avantis

The third mixer based on the company’s 96 kHz XCVI FPGA engine, Allen & Heath’s Avantis puts next-generation technology in a 64-channel/42-configurable-bus console, with dual full HD touchscreens, a flexible workflow with Continuity UI, extensive I/O options, and a rugged full metal chassis. Avantis dPack adds internal dLive processing without burning FX slots, 3rd-party gear hassles or issues with latency or phase coherency.

Continuity UI allows engineers to see and instantly interact with more of what matters, enabling a seamless connection between the physical controls and the displays. The faders react on touch to immediately highlight the active channels for instant visual feedback. Inspired by the tubular exoskeletons of the latest generation of superbikes, those sleek curves are all metal – super tough but lightweight.

TECHNOLOGY FOCUS: In addition to DEEP emulations, Avantis dPack also delivers Dyn8, a powerful processor boasting 4 bands of dynamic EQ and 4 bands of multiband compression. Handy for adding sonic glue to a mix, dPack enables 16 Dyn8 engines for inserting on Input and Mix channels.

OF NOTE: The SLink connection on Avantis allows unmatched flexibility by connecting to the entire range of Allen & Heath audio expander hardware (including AB/AR 48kHz stage boxes with sample rate conversion). Add a Dante card for even more networked system options with dedicated Dante expanders like the DT168 and DT164-W.

Faders: 24 faders, 6 layers (144 fader strips)
Mix Inputs: 88 (64 plus 12 stereo FX returns) with full 96kHz processing
Aux/Group: 42 mix outputs with full processing
Matrix: User configurable 42 bus architecture
FX: 12 Stereo (dPack option adds DEEP / Dyn processing) | DCA: 16
Mains: LR, LR + Mono Sum, LR + M, LCR
Also: 2 x 128 x 128 96kHz option slots, 64 channels of Automatic Mic Mixing (AMM)
Screen: 2 x 15.6-inch Full HD capacitive touch screens with gesture control
Local I/O: 12 XLR inputs, 12 XLR outputs, 1 stereo AES in, 2 stereo AES out
Stage Boxes: GX4816, DX012, DX32, DX168, DT168 Dante, DX164-W, DT164-W Dante, DX Hub, AR2412, AB168, AR84; also fully compatible with all dLive I/O cards (including 96kHz Dante 128×128, Waves, etc.), IP controllers, and ME Personal Monitoring.
Physical: 36.1 x 24.7 x 10.6 inches (W X D X H), 57.4 pounds

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Mackie Axis (DL32R rack-mount mixer & DC16 surface)
Faders: 17
Mix Inputs: 32 | Aux/Group: 14
Matrix: 6 | FX: 3 | DCA: 6
Mains: LR
App: Master Fader app for IOS
Screen: DC16 includes color backlit TFT screens; system uses iPads (not included) for additional visual information
Local I/O: 32 XLR mic/line inputs, 14 XLR outputs, stereo AES output
Also: 32 x 32 direct to disk recording and playback; 32 x 32 to Mac and PC; supports up to 20 IOS devices controlling mains or monitors
Expansion Slot: 1
Physical: DL32R – 5.4 x 19 x 17.5 inches, 18 pounds; DC16 – 3.3 x 36.8 x 17.6 inches, 38 pounds (both measurements H x W x D)
Additional Models: DL1608, DL806

Soundcraft Vi1000
Faders: 20
Mix Inputs: 96
Aux/Group: 24 mono/stereo
Matrix: 16 mono/stereo
FX: 4
DCA: 16
Mains: LCR
Screen: Vistonics II
Local I/O: 16 XLR I/O, 2 pairs AES/EBU I/O, 2 Dante
Stage Boxes: Mini, Compact, VI Series
Expansion Slots: 2
Also: Automatic mic mixing; FaderGlow; can act as remote for larger consoles
Physical: 13.8 x 31.6 x 33.2 inches (H x W x D), 55 pounds
Additional Models: VI1000, VI2000, VI3000, VI5000, VI7000