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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.

Midas M32R
Faders: 25
Mix Inputs: 40
Aux/Group: 16
FX: 8
DCA: 8
Mains: LCR
App: M32-Mix IOS
Screen: 7-in
Local I/O: 32 XLR In, 16 XLR Out, AES/EBU Out, AES 50, UntraNet I/O, 12 TRS I/O, RCA I/O
Stage Boxes: DL16, DL32
Also: 32×32 USB I/O, 500 internal show automation structured cues
Expansion Slots: 1
Physical: 10.1 x 25.1 x 24.1 inches (H x W x D), 55 pounds

Behringer X32 Compact
Faders: 17
Mix Inputs: 40
Aux/Group: 16
Matrix: 6 | FX: Virtual FX rack | DCA: 8 Mains: LCR
App: X32 Edit for PC or Mac, X32 Mix for iPad, X32 Q personal monitor mix for iPhone and Android
Screen: 7-in color TFT
Local I/O: 16 XLR inputs, 8 XLR outputs, 6 line in/outputs, AES out
Stage Boxes: S16, S32, SD16 and SD8
Also: P-16 personal monitoring system connectivity; 32 x 32 USB interface; DAW remote control
Expansion Slot: 1, pre-installed X-USB card, optional USB/Firewire, MADI, Dante and ADAT | Physical: 8.5 x 20 x 24.6 inches (H x W x D), 34 pounds
Additional Models: X32, X32 Producer, X32 Rack

SSL Live L100
Faders: 12 + 2
Mix Inputs: 96 mix paths (inputs or outputs)
Aux/Group: 96 paths (inputs or outputs)
Matrix: 4 x 32 In/12 Out | FX: 24 | DCA: 12 (VCA)
Mains: Mono, Stereo, LCR, 4.0, 5.1
App: TaCo for IOS or Android
Screen: 17-in multi-gesture
Local I/O: 12 Mic/Line In, 12 XLR Out, 2 Talkback, 3.5 mm In, 2 Headphone Out, 4 AES/EBU I/O, 4 MADI Ports (coax/optical), 1 MADI FX Loop, Dante
Stage Boxes: SB8.8, SBi16, SB 32.24
Also: Remote Tile 12-fader extension, external monitor available stem groups Expansion Slots: 2
Physical: 27.2 inches wide (height, depth N/A), 115 pounds
Additional Models: L200, L300, L500

Allen & Heath SQ-5
Faders: 17
Mix Inputs: 56 (48 plus 8 stereo FX returns) with full 96 kHz processing
Aux/Group: 12 stereo mix (aux or group) + main
Matrix: 3 | FX: 8
DCA: 8 | Mains: LR
App: SQ MixPad for macOS / PC / iOS / Android. SQ4You for iOS and Android
Screen: 7-in capacitive touch screen
Local I/O: 16 XLR inputs, 2 stereo TRS inputs, 12 XLR outputs, 2 TRS out, stereo AES out
Stage Boxes: GX4816, DX012, DX32, DX168, DT168 Dante, DX164-W, DT164-W Dante, DX Hub, AR2412, AB168, AR84.
Physical: 17.3 x 20.3 x 7.8 inches (W X D X H), 23.1 pounds
Additional Models: SQ-6, SQ-7

Roland Pro AV M5000C
Faders: 20
Mix Inputs, Aux Group Matrix: Up to 128 audio paths configurable as mono or 64 stereo | FX: 8 | DCA: 24
Mains: L/R, L/R/C and 5.1 surround
App: M-5000 Remote iPad app, M-5000 Remote Control software for Mac and PC
Screen: 12-in color touch screen
Local I/O: 16 XLR mic/line inputs, 8 XLR outputs, 2 stereo AES I/O
Stage Boxes: S-4000S, S-2416, S-1608, S-0818, S-0808
Also: The 128 audio paths are configurable as inputs, outputs, or buses; integrates with Waves SoundGrid and the company’s M-48 personal monitoring system; 16 x 16 USB audio interface for DAW
Expansion Slots: 2 | Physical: 13.6 x 29.1 x 28.5 inches (H x W x D), 70 pounds
Additional Models: M300, M200i

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